The young and beautiful daughter of a wealthy family, Ginevra longs to share her poetry and participate in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence but is trapped in an arranged marriage in a society dictated by men.
The arrival of the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers.
Bembo chooses Ginevra as his Platonic muse and commissions a portrait of her by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them, one Ginevra only begins to understand.
In a rich and vivid world of exquisite art with a dangerous underbelly of deadly political feuds, Ginevra faces many challenges to discover her voice and artistic companionship—and to find love.
I had a hard time with this book. There were things that I loved things that I didn't and things that I wish the author had the forethought to really consider before including it in this book.
The sort of secret love angle meshed in with the political angle that didn't really go anywhere kind of disappointed me because there really was a lot of potential in this book to be so much more.
I would have really liked if this book had been written as an NA or Adult book it would have been favored with a bit more maturity under the character belt and personality yet I still thought it was decent and most Youth readers should favor this book.
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