Florentine Enchantment by Judith B Glad offers the dilemma of a well-educated woman in times of old, in Italy. The main character is a strong, intelligent woman, but desires not learning, but love. We have her story as if spoken directly from her mouth.
It is an interesting approach, although some is merely setting the stage for the story, and is somewhat slow going. We need to wade through long explanations before we get so much as a conversation.
The setting is utterly magnificent; from the scents of olive trees to the sculptures in the square, this writer puts us in the scene: the city of Firenze, and impact of the sensual sculptures. Desire is inflamed as if from sculpture, and it is then that our heroine meets Vido. Is it love? It seems something else… and this story moves along quickly from that point on.
Intriguing? Yes. And we can put the belief issue on hold. Florentine Enchantment is original; in fact, wonderfully creative, and imaginative. The whole point of the story, however, seems to be to get to a particular scene; and those who read hot specifically for the heat might enjoy this.
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