French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…
After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.
Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.
SOURCE: I was actually lucky enough to receive an ARC and a BEAUTIFUL finished copy from the publisher!! (THANKS!)
This book was definitely a step outside of my comfortable zone, though I admit, not a huge one. I’m a fan of fairy tale retellings and I’ve heard quite a bit of praise for Bitter Greens so it was on my radar. This isn’t a book to rush through, it’s a slow read, but an extremely vivid and creatively intertwined story that keeps you on your toes.
I found myself drawn most to Margherita’s sections of the book, seeing the flashes of magic and the very dark “roots” of the Tangled tale we’ve all come to love. I also enjoyed the glimpses of court, the wardrobes, and the theatrics that came with them. The entire book was filled with intriguing locations and time periods that were wonderfully crafted and so easy to become a part of as you are reading. The one small issue (if you can even call it that) I had was that I found a few of the darker parts a bit disturbing. . .but more in a “I can’t look away” as opposed to a “What the what?!”
Any fans of fairy tales or beautifully descriptive historical fiction are sure to enjoy this tale.
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