Book Review: The Girl With The Painted Face by Gabrielle Kimm

"A homeless seamstress rises to become a talented actress in this dangerously addictive story of first love set in sixteenth century Italy"

 

 

Modena, Italy, 1583. Seventeen-year-old seamstress Sofia Genotti is on the run, falsely accused of theft. Penniless and desperate to avoid perils of whoredom, she is introduced to a troupe of travelling actors, who ask her to join them as costume mistress. Within weeks she is learning to act.

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Gabrielle Kimm is the author of His Last Duchess and The Courtesan’s Lover, also published by Sphere. She lives in rural West Sussex, and teaches English part-time at a small performing arts school.
Acting will bring her closer to Beppe Bianchi, who plays the anarchic character Arlecchino. As the two become increasingly intimate, Sofia is sure that she has never been happier. But after a fêted performance at an aristocrat’s castle, she is accosted by the owner… and the following morning he is found dead. Sofia is accused of the murder.
 
A tale of blackmail and sexual jealousy will reveal the true killer and the redemptive power of theatre will triumph. If you like Philippa Gregory you will love The Girl With The Painted Face.
 
‘A heartwarming story of love and redemption’
Historical Novels Review
 
‘You’ll love this’
Cosmopolitan
 
‘So captivating you’ll wish you owned a lace bodice waiting to be untied’
Now
 
‘A glorious tale of dangerous love in 16th century Italy’
Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller 
 

 

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