Book Review: Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley

Gritty, melancholy and dark, Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley was a haunting read. Set in Ireland around 500 A.D., our main character, the tiny Gwynneve, has the rare gift of literacy. It's her job to copy passages of the Bible in the convent where she lives. But in the dead of night, she secretly … Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley

Book Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant is an historical fiction novel taking place in Florence, Italy in the late 1400s, at the close of the Florentine Renaissance. Our main character, fourteen-year-old Alessandra Cecchi, is the daughter of a well-to-do textile merchant. Alessandra is precocious, book-smart and well-read. She’s also a talented artist– staying up … Continue reading Book Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant