Book Title: Eternally Artemisia – Some loves, like some women, are timeless by Melissa Muldoon
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 312 pages | Tour dates: June 3 to 28, 2019
Publisher: Matta Press | Release date: March 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi, ePub}
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (The book focuses on the life of Artemisia Gentileschi who was raped by her painting instructor, Agostino Tassi. The themes of the book deal with rape and overcoming sexual abuse. It is a book about female empowerment and how with the right tools, and support women may rise above past tragedies to build a better future for themselves.)
They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an art therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing. Despite her best efforts, however, proof of this has always eluded her. That is, until one illuminating summer in Italy when Maddie’s previous existences start to bleed through into her current reality. When she is introduced to the Crociani family—a noble clan with ties to the seventeenth-century Medici court that boasts of ancestors with colorful pasts—she finally meets the loves of her life. One is a romantic love, and another is a special kind of passion that only women share, strong amongst those who have suffered greatly yet have triumphed despite it.
As Maddie's relationship develops with Artemisia Gentileschi—an artist who in a time when it was unheard of to denounce a man for the crime of rape, did just that—Maddie discovers a kindred spirit and a role model, and just what women are capable of when united together.
In a journey that arcs back to biblical days and moves forward in time, Maddie encounters artists, dukes, designers, and movie stars as well as baser and ignoble men. With Artemisia never far from her side, she proves that when we dare to take control of our lives and find the “thing” we are most passionate about, we are limitless and can touch the stars.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The story begins with the trying times of Atremesia. It then moves forward to present day, with trials Maddie is experiencing. The book continues to fluctuate between past and present, but the author has clearly marked in which time frame the stories are taking place.
Maddie happens onto Some of Artesia's art. It is strikingly unique. This stirs her curiosity about the artist. What she discovers will change her life forever!
This book contemplates the theory of past lives and of life after death. It, also, depicts the sacrifices of just a few, to "bring about" greater freedom and justice for all. In many ways womankind has evolved, yet, in some ways, we have lost much.
Maddie explores places of the past. Each new day offers new enlightenment ab discoveries... Things that will open her understanding and appreciation.
The characters were well-defined and felt real. The scenes were portrayed well, at times too easily visualized.
The Book Cover, done by the author, was colorful and eye-catching. The Book Title was "fitting"
I feel this earns a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a Positive review. This is my honest review.
Guest Post : Why I wrote Eternally Artemisia
They say to write what you know best, and what I know best is art and Italy! I didn’t start out to write a trilogy, but as I was working on my third novel, I realized I had. Each book, Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella and Eternally Artemisia stands on its own, but still, there is a common theme that connects them all and that is—what draws a woman to Italy and why. In each book, I explore the forces at play that cause my protagonists, sometimes against their will, to follow the gentle tug and pull of Italy to make a life there, despite great odds.
Maybe this is because I’m always trying to explain my own “peculiar” fascination with Italy, the Italian people and the language. I have always felt an inexplicable hand pulling me to Italy, despite having no Italian heritage. Like all my female protagonists—Sophia, Nora, and Maddie—sometimes I too feel like I have been persuaded by Italian artists and Medici princess’—even seduced by Tuscan ghosts from the past—who whisper into my ear, to learn the language and
return home to Italy time and time again. So, perhaps like my characters, I too have lived another life in Italy—or perhaps several!
Apart from that, my goal with my books has also been to bring art history to life for my readers. I believe “art” can talk to you and there are stories to be revealed if you take the time to “listen.” I find it fascinating to contemplate the idea that art endures, but people pass away and are forgotten. In other words, there remain paintings and cathedrals created by artists and architects who worked hundreds and thousands of years ago—all tangible proof that lives were lived in the past, people loved well and had hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Rather than let these forgotten historical figures and painters remain vague dusty statics in a history book, I want to reanimate their stories and make them real and poignant again for future generations.
Melissa Muldoon is the author of three novels set in Italy:
“ Dreaming Sophia,” “ Waking Isabella,” and “ Eternally Artemisia.”
All three books tell the stories of American women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future in Italy.
Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master's degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence. She is an artist, designer, and illustrated the cover art for all three of her books. Melissa is also the managing director of Matta Press
Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for Eternally Artemisia, Waking Isabella, and Dreaming Sophia. She also curates the Dreaming Sophia Art History blog site and Pinterest site: The Art of Loving Italy, where you will find companion pictures for all three books. Visit MelissaMuldoon.com for more information about immersion trips to learn the language with Melissa in Italy, as well as the Studentessa Matta blog for practice and tips to learn the Italian language
Prizes: 1st Prize: Win a 3-book set (Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, and Eternally Artemisia) by Melissa Muldoon; 2nd and 3rd prizes: Win a paperback copy of Eternally Artemisia (open to USA & Canada / 3 winners total)
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