Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created. Pisa, 1999 Sam Campbell sits by her husband’s hospital bed. Far from home and her children, she must care for Michael who is recovering from a stroke. A man she loves deeply. A man who has been unfaithful to her. Alone and in need of distraction, Sam decides to pick up Michael’s research into the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Immersing herself in the ancient city, she begins to piece together the mystery behind the creation of the Tower, and discovers the woman that history forgot… Pisa, 1171 Berta di Bernardo, the wife of a rich merchant, sits in her chamber, dressing for a dinner party. A gathering that will change the course of her life and that of a young master mason, Gerardo, forever. A strong, intelligent woman, Berta’s passion for architecture draws her closer to Gerardo. As she embarks on a love affair, her maid Aurelia also becomes spellbound by the same man. Yet for Berta, her heart’s desire is to see the Tower built, and her determination knows no bounds
I love books with facts that I can google to find out more. Secrets of the Tower is a fabulous story with the history of Pisa beautifully told.
Sam’s husband, who is researching Pisa’s wonderful history, has had a stroke. Sam starts to read his notes and learns about Berta. Berta is remarkable, she is strong and fiesty, which in the 12th century was probably uncommon.
Told in two time phases, this tale is captivating and fabulous.
I must admit I am not a fan of historical novels but this one amazed me. What I loved most was Debbie’s distinctive insight into the relationships of the characters and also the historical facts.
Combining romance, drama and tragedy, Secrets of the Tower is a clever and interesting debut novel. I loved the descriptions of the place and was completely absorbed as Pisa was brought to life.
Debbie has given me an interest in this part of the world, and if ever I get to go, I will take this book and re-read on location.
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