"When I left La Civetta I did see myself, however grief stricken, as the heroine of the story. I was Jane Eyre fleeing the moors to keep from becoming Rochester's mistress. But hearing he's back at La Civetta, teaching that same class on the sonnet in which he so easily seduced me with a little Petrarch feels like being forgotten.'Dr Rose Asher is ...Read More"When I left La Civetta I did see myself, however grief stricken, as the heroine of the story. I was Jane Eyre fleeing the moors to keep from becoming Rochester's mistress. But hearing he's back at La Civetta, teaching that same class on the sonnet in which he so easily seduced me with a little Petrarch feels like being forgotten.'Dr Rose Asher is a lecturer in Renaissance poetry. As an undergraduate she spent a year in Tuscany at the villa La Civetta and began an ill-fated affair with her married tutor. But when Rose's most gifted student, Robin Weiss, dies in mysterious circumstances - and amid accusations of plagiarism - Rose finds herself reluctantly agreeing to return to La Civetta and face her former lover. La Civetta was once the home of sixteenth century poet Ginevra de Laura. Local legend insists that she is the 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets. Robin's screenplay suggested Shakespeare's love affair was conducted on Italian soil and garnered Hollywood interest and much professional rivalry among Rose's academic colleagues. But if Robin had discovered proof of Shakespeare's connections to La Civetta, was it a literary coup worth killing for?Read Less
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I liked this book the imagery and symobism, the love stories both old and new were poignant the mystery of finding the sonnets and their source is a good plot device that leads the story well throughout. However, I admit to finding the conspiracies and multiple deaths a bit tiresome an added "bonus" that detracted from the better storyline. If the author had spent more time back in time exploring the romance of those in the poetic theme of the book it would have been much deeper and richer for it. I think this author is on the cusp of discovering her skill as a writer but the book was entertaining and an easy read to drop into an submerge onself for a while. A good effort.
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