When seventeen-year-old Giulia, the orphaned, illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, learns she’s to be packed off to a life behind convent walls, she begs an astrologer-sorcerer for a talisman that will secure what she’s certain is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she... show more
When seventeen-year-old Giulia, the orphaned, illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, learns she’s to be packed off to a life behind convent walls, she begs an astrologer-sorcerer for a talisman that will secure what she’s certain is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs. But does she really know the compass of her heart? The convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises, including a workshop of nuns who are creating paintings of astonishing beauty using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion Blue. As Giulia’s own artistic self is awakened she’s torn: should she follow the young man who promises to help her escape? Or stay and satisfy her growing desire to paint? This richly imagined novel of a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into the fascinating world of Renaissance Italy where love and faith and art inspire passion – of many different hues. Passion Blue is a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2012
Publish date: November 6th 2012
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
"Be sure you know your true heart’s desire, or you may find yourself surprised by what you receive."This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives Giulia when she pays him to create a magical talisman for her. The scorned illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, Giulia is determined to defy ...
Giuila is a bastard. Her mother was a seamstress and mistress to an Italian Count. Her mother died when she was a child and now her father has passed away. Now that she has no protection in the household, the Count’s wife is eager to be rid of her. The count left Giuila a small dowry and instead of ...
Very sweet story with an incredibly powerful message. The characters were easy to love. It was a joy to live in the world created by the author. Then again, I love art.
Although I am well past this book's theoretical teenage target audience, I hated to put it down.Like "Vivaldi's Virgins," "Passion Blue" is an entertaining, well-researched and thoughtful work of historical fiction that gives us a look at life for women in 16th C. Italy. Giulia, the protagonist, is...
Review originally posted here[caption id="attachment_3399" align="alignleft" width="200"] Image from Victoria Strauss's website[/caption]Passion Blue is one of those books that I heard about from several sources (Book Smugglers and Charlotte) and put on hold. And then it was several months later and...