Author: Beatrice Small
Synopsis: After her sisters become the scandals of Florence, Lucianna Pietro d’Angelo finds that the only wealthy man who’ll have her for his wife is an aging bookseller whom Lucianna comforts in his final years. When he passes away, she inherits his shop—and a sizable fortune affording Lucianna comfort in widowhood. Then Robert Minton, Earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not only dashing and handsome, he’s a trusted courtier of Henry VII.
Lucianna’s parents cannot deny the spark of attraction between their daughter and the earl, so they scheme to send her to London. There, Lucianna steps out of the shadow of her quiet Florentine life, pursuing a love she never dreamed possible—one unfolding in the court of the new Tudor king.
Lucianna is the third book in the Silk Merchants Daughters series,and though well written and entertaining, it wasn’t my favorite of the three, as it failed to capture my attention and hold it right away. The author does do a wonderful job of making the reader feel like they are part of the story. The settings come alive, as if you were there with the characters. This is perfect for me, as I like to travel to other places through books. The book just doesn’t hold the same intrigue and sometimes, suspense as the others in the series. Not much holds the two apart, and the story doesn’t move with quiet the same pace. Overall this was a quick and easy read once I got into it. If you like Beatrice Small’s writing your sure to enjoy it, you just may be a little disappointed as she has delivered better.