The Miracles of Prato

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"Like Fra Filippo's paintings, this love story, set in one of the most intriguing historical periods, is suffused with clear, warm color and fine attention to detail."
--Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

A vibrant and enthralling historical novel about art and passion, The Miracles of Prato by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz brings Italy in the era of the Medici to glorious life--as it tells the story of an illicit love affair between the renowned painter Fra Filippo Lippi and his muse, a beautiful convent novitiate. A magnificent blend of fact, historical color, emotion, and invention, The Miracles of Prato is a novel that will delight the many fans of Tracy Chavalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue.

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"Richly textured Renaissance romance. .[T]he authors have fashioned an irresistibly passionate novel steeped in art, history, and the miracles wrought by love." -- Booklist on MIRACLES OF PRATO

"Like Fra Filippo's paintings, this love story, set in one of the most intriguing historical periods, is suffused with clear, warm color and fine attention to detail."--Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

"Richly textured Renaissance romance. ...[T]he authors have fashioned an irresistibly passionate novel steeped in art, history, and the miracles wrought by love."--Booklist on MIRACLES OF PRATO

"A richly detailed and thoroughly engrossing story told with equal measures of ardor, tenderness, and compassion, THE MIRACLES OF PRATO offers a poignant portrayal of the heartbreak of two people caught in the Church's grip during the Italian Renaissance."--Judith Lindbergh, author of The Thrall's Tale, on MIRACLES OF PRATO

"The Miracles of Prato is a time machine, taking the reader back to the height of the Italian Renaissance, revealing a world of childlike innocence and illicit passion, harsh injustice and saintly miracles, and wafting around it all like rare perfume, the creation of art for the glory of God."--Eleanor Herman, author of Mistress of the Vatican, on MIRACLES OF PRATO

"This novel based on the life of Fra Filippo Lippi will be lapped up by fans of historical romance."--Publishers Weekly on MIRACLES OF PRATO

Like Fra Filippo s paintings, this love story, set in one of the most intriguing historical periods, is suffused with clear, warm color and fine attention to detail. --Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad"

This novel based on the life of Fra Filippo Lippi will be lapped up by fans of historical romance. --Publishers Weekly on MIRACLES OF PRATO"

The Miracles of Prato is a time machine, taking the reader back to the height of the Italian Renaissance, revealing a world of childlike innocence and illicit passion, harsh injustice and saintly miracles, and wafting around it all like rare perfume, the creation of art for the glory of God. --Eleanor Herman, author of Mistress of the Vatican, on MIRACLES OF PRATO"

A richly detailed and thoroughly engrossing story told with equal measures of ardor, tenderness, and compassion, THE MIRACLES OF PRATO offers a poignant portrayal of the heartbreak of two people caught in the Church s grip during the Italian Renaissance. --Judith Lindbergh, author of The Thrall's Tale, on MIRACLES OF PRATO"

Richly textured Renaissance romance. [T]he authors have fashioned an irresistibly passionate novel steeped in art, history, and the miracles wrought by love. --Booklist on MIRACLES OF PRATO"

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Italy, 1456. The Renaissance is in glorious bloom. A Carmelite monk, the great artist Fra Filippo Lippi acts as chaplain to the nuns of the Convent Santa Margherita. It is here that he encounters the greatest temptation of his life, beautiful Lucrezia Buti, who has been driven to holy orders more by poverty than piety. In Lucrezia's flawless face Lippi sees the inspiration for countless Madonnas and he brings the young woman to his studio to serve as his model. But as painter and muse are united in an exhilarating whirl of artistic discovery, a passionate love develops, one that threatens to destroy them both even as it fuels some of Lippi's greatest work.

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