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Review: The Miracles of Prato

March 24, 2015

The Miracles of Prato

After the death of their father and the loss of their family’s wealth, sisters Lucrezia and Spinetti Buti are forced to turn to the Convent of Santa Margherita.  Spinetti is more spiritual and easily adapts to life in the convent while Lucrezia is more restless.  Her beauty catches the eye of the convent’s chaplain, Father Filippo Lippi.  Father Lippi is an artist and he asks Lucrezia to model for him.  Her beauty inspires him but they begin a relationship that could ruin both of them.

Historical fiction isn’t my favorite genre so I was less than thrilled when my book club chose The Miracles of Prato by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz.  In the interest of being a good member and to prepare for a Skype chat with Albanese, I tried my best to go into the book with a good attitude.  I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the book very much and learned a lot along the way.  I found myself stopping to read about items and events mentioned in the book.  I was surprised at how different the church was in the 15th century and found the attitudes of the people fascinating.  This book is a gem – it made me rethink my attitude toward historical fiction.

My book club loved The Miracles of Prato – one member said she thinks it’s the best book we’ve read.  We had a wonderful chat with Laurie Albanese – we had a lot of questions for her and learned about her research process and what it was like to write a book with a close friend.  We discussed history and art with her and had a wonderful time.  This is a terrific book for discussion so I highly recommend it for book clubs.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2015 7:52 am

    I like historical fiction very much. Anything with a convent background is definitely for me. Thanks for the review

  2. March 24, 2015 7:58 am

    It doesn’t seem like your usual book! Glad you liked it! :–)

  3. March 24, 2015 8:00 am

    I enjoy historical fiction and will add this title to my TBR list. Glad it surprised you 🙂

  4. March 24, 2015 11:09 am

    I don’t read much historical fiction either, but this does sound interesting. Glad you ended up enjoying it!

  5. March 24, 2015 12:03 pm

    I always say that I do not enjoy Historical Fiction but I usually do once the last page is turned. Funny how that happens. I think it’s cool you got to Skype with the author but I am intimidated by author chats. I feel as if I won’t have anything to say.

  6. Literary Feline permalink
    March 24, 2015 1:03 pm

    I have had this book quite a while, but haven’t read it. I do want to though. I love historical fiction, but do not read it often enough.

  7. March 24, 2015 2:06 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book for a book club. Terrific review, Kathy!

  8. The Cue Card permalink
    March 24, 2015 3:12 pm

    I had not heard of this novel so thanks I’m definitely interested. I’ve been to Florence but I dont think I made it to Prato. This sounds like a vivid novel. Fun.

  9. Beth F permalink
    March 24, 2015 3:29 pm

    It’s a great sign if it made you rethink the genre. I’ll add this to my list.

  10. March 24, 2015 4:45 pm

    Ohhh I’d read it 🙂

  11. March 24, 2015 5:31 pm

    It does sound like a wonderful read. I enjoy historical fiction so I am curious about this one.

  12. Patty permalink
    March 24, 2015 6:23 pm

    Hmmm…interesting!

  13. March 24, 2015 7:28 pm

    That’s great that it made you rethink historical fiction.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    March 24, 2015 8:37 pm

    I read this book a few years ago and agree that some of the historical elements were fascinating.

  15. March 25, 2015 3:07 am

    I love it when one really good book makes me rethink an entire genre!

  16. March 25, 2015 10:43 am

    how cool that you enjoyed a book of historical fiction! it’s one of my favorite genres as i usually learn so much about history without the dryness of history books {although the trend of narrative non-fiction has been fulfilling that desire as well} I’ll have to recommend this one to my book club!

  17. March 25, 2015 11:01 am

    This sounds really good. How fun that your book club got to Skype with the author!

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