I am usually not an avid reader of period-piece books. I prefer things set post-1920’s or so. Someone recommended The Birth of Venus to me before I went to Italy last year; I read it in three days and loved it.
I just picked up another book by Sarah Dunant yesterday – Sacred Hearts – and I am 1/3 of the way through it; loving it as much as The Birth of Venus. I am not sure what it is about Sarah’s writing but there is so much emotion in each character and she writes it in a way that you, the reader FEELS it, without being incredibly wordy.
Next up on my reading list is Sing you Home by Jodi Piccoult I have read every book of her’s and love them, even though they are a bit formulaic, and then Ape House by Sara Gruen.
What are you reading?