EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1]


Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1

Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 review ☆ 103 At age fourteen all Emilia Serafini wants is to learn to paint so that she can become an artist But painters' apprenticeships for young women don't exist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy The odds appear stacked against her until she receives a fascinating book A Manual to the Scien. Author Mary Osborne s trip to Florence inspired this engaging novel of Emilia a young girl in 15th century Florence who dreams of becoming an artist Very few women became artists at this time and while her mother is supportive her father is eager to have her understand the way things are in the world However he indulges her and allows her to apprentice with a local artist while disguised as a young boy When her deception is revealed she is dismissed much to her dismay Emilia finds solace in a treasured book which has been in her family for generations A Manual to the Science of Alchemy This text which Emilia considers to be little than a family heirloom contains passages from ancient texts that her mother assures her will help her get through difficult times Throughout the novel Emilia s story is interspersed with often mysterious uotations from this alchemy bookWhen a grey bearded man a foreigner from Constantinople finds her sketching in a Florence church he offers her a position working with him at his workshop While Makarios paints commissions for the Florentine gentry he also creates ethereal icons from his own Orthodox tradition and Emilia learns how to paint in this exotic tradition as well as in the Florentine style Emilia s head is soon turned by one of Makarios patrons a handsome and wealthy businessman from Genoa Franco Villani His flirtatious behavior makes Emilia believe that perhaps she could become his wife and the lady of his exuisite home When they become engaged it seems that all her dreams will come true But when Emilia s friend Giacomo returns to Florence she realizes she has romantic feelings for him as well when they exchange a passionate kiss Giacomo warns her that we all have to make choices in life will she choose Franco or Giacamo At the same time Emilia s suspicions are aroused when her fiance Franco seems to take an inordinate interest in her ancient book of alchemy when it disappears and other disasters begin to occur in her life Emilia wonders if Franco could be to blame and how she can extricate herself from this marriage she once dreamed of When she is asked to do a painting for the powerful Cosimo de Medici can he help her realize her dreams of being a successful artist and recover her family s treasured heritage as wellThis novel is the first of four in a series the second Alchemy s Daughter is a preuel set about 100 years earlier As a former student of art history I especially enjoyed the way Mary Osborne incorporated many well researched details of painting and an artist s life during the Renaissance in her novel She describes in detail everything from preparing walls for frescoes to grinding and mixing paints and preparing canvases Teens who are used to picking up art supplies at the local Michaels or art store might be surprised at how time consuming painting was during this periodWhile it may seem far fetched to have a woman artist as the heroine in a novel set during the 15th century there were a few women who succeeded in having artistic careers during the Renaissance usually daughters of artists or members of the nobility and certainly Osborne portrays how difficult it was for a young girl to pursue a path generally reserved for men

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Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 review ☆ 103 Ici Well aware that Cosimo prizes ancient manuscripts above all Franco realizes Emilia's Manual would be invaluable to him in ways than one Infused with the mysticism of alchemy Nonna's Book of Mysteries is an exciting portrait of a young woman who defies convention to seek her destiny. I was going to Florence for vacation and found this book to read It was a perfect companion for my trip I even stayed on the same street that Emilia lived on The story is predictable but fun I enjoyed the information about Renaissance lifestyle and painting I will definitely read Alchemy 2

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Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 review ☆ 103 Ce of Alchemy It once was her grandmother's and Emilia turns again and again to the Manual for guidance When Emilia meets the wealthy brooding Franco Villani her life takes a thrilling but dangerous turn Franco will do anything to win a place in the court of the powerful Cosimo de' Med. Fourteen year old Emilia wants nothing but to become a painter but during the fourteenth century in Italy that s near impossible That is impossible until Makarios a foreign painter recognizes her talent and asks her to become his apprentice As Makarios s apprentice Emilia gets worldly exposure and maturity and through an old family treasure she gleans wisdom At first this book seemed really interesting it s talking about Renaissance Italy How could someone write a boring book in that time period Apparently Mary Osborne can The author certainly did her research and she tries to show this by cramming a copious amount to factual information into her novel Did she really need to put Italian words in every other sentence Not only that the author has no writing style as my English teacher would put it she needs showing and less telling The book is a huge mix of clich d storylines and the plot is not captivating She uses so many foreign names for the characters that I had a hard time remembering who is who The author s characterization is faulty even her main character is flat In her historical fiction novel Mary Osborne s certainly got the historical part down just not the fiction

  • Paperback
  • 354
  • Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1
  • Mary A. Osborne
  • English
  • 10 September 2020
  • 9781936181162

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    summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] What I think I enjoyed the most about this book was how wonderfully strong determined and smart the protagonist is Emilia Serafini is a fourteen year old girl coming of age in Renaissance Italy and all she wants is to be a painter Thi

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    free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] Renaissance Italy is a perfect backdrop for a historical yaromance with a strong modern heroine because although there are proscriptions on women's behavior during this period there is also an unusual amount of freedom That combined with the intellectual artistic and political richness of the period make the potential for plot and character development limitless The author used the exciting history of 15th cent

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    EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 Author Mary Osborne's trip to Florence inspired this engaging novel of Emilia a young girl in 15th century Florence who dreams of becoming an artist Very few women became artists at this time and while her mother is supportive her father is eager to have her understand the way things are in the world However he indulges her and allows her to apprentice with a local artist while disguised as a young boy When her deception is revealed she i

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    EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] Florence in the 1400s was a world center for painting and culture But the guild tightly controlled who could be licensed as a master painter and girls and women were not allowed on their list Still fourteen year old Emilia Serafini lives for her art and she’s desperate to find a way out of the marriage her father has planned for her So she turns for guidance to a book her mother gives her that has been handed down through generations in

  5. says: summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne Mary A. Osborne æ 3 characters

    EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] Fourteen year old Emilia wants nothing but to become a painter but during the fourteenth century in Italy that’s near impossible That is impossible until Makarios a foreign painter recognizes her talent and asks her to become his

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    free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne Mary A. Osborne æ 3 characters summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 Emilia's dream of becoming a painter doesn't look promising after all it is only the 14th century and women did not have opportunities such as this Emilia's parents decide to let her pursue her passion and take painting less

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    summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne I highly recommend this book to anyone It is well researched in both art history and alchemy The plot has some wonderful plot twists and I think the main character is a good and strong role model for girls It is important to reinforce how far women have been able to advance with even basic rights Emilia has great skill and should be allowed to paint like any boy

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    summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne I was going to Florence for vacation and found this book to read It was a perfect companion for my trip I even stayed on the same street that Emilia lived on The story is predictable but fun I enjoyed the information about Renaissance lifestyle and painting I will definitely read Alchemy #2

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    EBOOK / PDF [Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1] free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne Mary A. Osborne æ 3 characters Strangely interesting book to read Although I enjoyed it it lost a star for me because it's historical fiction and yet the character and plot don't ring true It's just too easy for the main character to shake off the shackles of being a woman and exploring her freedom I think the time period was prettied up a little too much But in any case an interesting look at mysticismBook descriptionAt age fourteen all Emilia Serafi

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    summary Nonnas Book of Mysteries Alchemy #1 free download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB æ Mary A. Osborne Mary A. Osborne æ 3 characters In Renaissance Italy 14 year old Emilia doesn't really fit the mold of the other girls her age While her father despairs of her ever marrying Emilia longs to paint and be recognized like the male artist of her time Emilia dresses like a boy just to get a chance to work under and learn from one of Italy's most revered ta

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