Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pre Pub Book Buzz: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

I don't ever want to get tired of fairy tale retellings. I love them! The more unique the better :) Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens (a play on Rapunzel) is just one of many new retellings and it looks completely amazing. I can't wait to get my hot little hands on a copy.

Here's the description from Goodreads for you:

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

After Margherita's father steals from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife give away their little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. Selena is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

This one doesn't hit shelves here in the States until September 23 but if you're lucky enough to live in Forsyth's native Australia it has been out for some time (along with a couple of others by Forsyth that I hope will hit shelves here before too long).

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