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 Science 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’ Medici. Well aware that Cosimo prizes ancient manuscripts above all, Franco realizes Emilia’s Manual would be invaluable to him in more 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.
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Alchemy’s Daughter, Book Two of the Alchemy Series, tells the story of
Santina Pietra who lived in Italy during the time of the great plague.
Santina—the great-great-great grandmother of Emilia Serafini, the
heroine of Book One—was the original owner of the mysterious alchemical
text. As a precocious twelve-year-old, Santina is introduced to the
world of alchemy by Friar Calandrino. She is expected to set aside her
fascination with the ancient science as well as her talent for midwifery
when she comes of age and marries. Though she strives to be the perfect
wife and mother, she cannot easily deny her passion for alchemy or those
who seek her skill as a healer. When the plague strikes, Santina is forced to choose between obeying her husband and becoming a master alchemist.
Look forward to purchasing Alchemy’s Daughter in 2012.