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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413741
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Praise for Bianca

“Exquisite historical detail brings every moment vividly to life.”—Publishers Weekly

“Bertrice Small has long been a favorite among many erotic historical readers and I firmly believe she’ll hold the title of the ‘reigning queen’ for many years to come.”—Romance Junkies

Praise for Bertrice Small and her novels

“Ms. Small delights and thrills.”—Rendezvous

“[Her novels] tell an intriguing story, they are rich in detail, and they are all so very hard to put down.”—The Best Reviews

“Sweeps the ages with skill and finesse.”—Affaire de Coeur

“Small’s boldly sensual love story is certain to please her many devoted readers.”—Booklist

“[A] delight to all readers of historical fiction.”—Fresh Fiction
 

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Bertrice Small is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in New York.
 


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I have read all of Bertrice Small's books and sadly have to say that I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the others.

There seemed to be something missing. I hope this is just a "one time" thing as I am eagerly waiting to read her next book.
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Another great Small book.
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great story
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HASH(0xa86c8744) out of 5 stars Lucianna ~The Silk Merchants Daughters~ by Bertrice Small Oct. 3 2013
By Kimberly R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I will start this review off by saying that I am a huge fan of Bertrice Small, albeit a recent one. I first read a Dangerous Love back in 2010 and have been stuck since. Bertrice's books are memorable to say the least.

Orianna Pietro D'Angelo carefully plotted each of her daughter's lives, especially their marriages. The wife a Milanese silk merchant only wanted the best of marriages for her beautiful offspring, but sometimes the meddlesome Orianna didn't know what was best for her daughters. When Lucianna went easily into her marriage to wealthy bookseller, Alfredo Allibatore, she actually had it easy at first. Alfredo was old enough to be her grandfather and their relationship was more friendship and mutual respect than marriage. Lucianna emjoyed her work in her husband's book shop and was content with her life even remaining untouched. After three years of marriage in name only, Alfredo passed away leaving nineteen year old Lucianna a wealthy widow and once again on the marriage market to fulfill Orianna's whim.

Lucianna has no intention of marrying again. She did her duty by her parents and now she is in a position where she doesn't need a husband. Enter Robert Minton, the Earl of Lisle, a handsome Englishman who is close confidant of the English King. Sparks fly when Minton meets Lucianna, but she is in complete denial.
When Orianna and her husband see the budding attraction, they send Lucianna to England as a representative of the silk merchants of Milan as a conspiracy to push Lucianna into marriage with the Earl.

Once in England, Lucianna must deal with the difference between both cultures, the Earl desperately wanting to be involved with the beauty when she is has no intention of falling into his arms and outside forces that would have Robert and Lucianna not be together.

Lucianna, by Bertrice Small is great read. It brought me back to my love for the author after I finished the Border Chronicles. Lucianna is the third book in the Silk Merchants Daughters series, but the first I delved into and once I finished Lucianna, I happily went back to the first two books, Bianca and Francesca. Ms. Small just has a way of making you feel that you are part of the story ans Renaissance Italy just came alive for me, along with the restrictive attitudes towards women and the irony of it all. I recommend highly this series to lovers of historical romance and eagerly await the next in the series, Serena.

~KIMBERLY~
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86c8798) out of 5 stars another great story Oct. 2 2013
By Etoille - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't give it 5 stars because it wasn't as good as her other works. After reading her other great masterpieces I've come to expect more from her. However, it was still a good story. The suspense was weak and I enjoy a little more angst to make the good times that much sweeter. Worth the money to read though and I will continue reading everything this author writes.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86c8a74) out of 5 stars Superb Author- Dud Story Jan. 24 2014
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After reading the first two of the series and being moderately entertained I had hopes for this 'daughter' to prove to be more than a long drawn out novel- unfortunately I was wrong. I got half way through wondering when this story was going to pick up and it never did- there was no passion, no real meat to this story. I have to say I got about 3/4 through and decide to embark on the Skye O'Malley series again knowing I would get some fulfillment from them.

This first Silk Merchant's Daughter is probably the best of the three- although it very much resembles The Kadin and Skye O' Malley. I'd give this one a Hard Pass!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86c896c) out of 5 stars Snooooozefest Oct. 2 2013
By FDF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. Small's books have been a significant part of my life for almost 25 years...but not anymore. Her writing has taken a nosedive and it ain't comin' back up!

The entire book is only about 200 pages but I had to force myself to trudge through them. Seriously, at about page 95 I realized that NOTHING INTERESTING HAD HAPPENED YET.

I had such high hopes for the Silk Merchant series, but those hopes have been dashed to miniscule bits. Thank goodness I borrowed my sister's Nook to read it instead of paying good money. She hated it too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86c8fb4) out of 5 stars Bertrice's books are memorable to say the least. Oct. 5 2013
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

I will start this review off by saying that I am a huge fan of Bertrice Small, albeit a recent one. I first read a Dangerous Love back in 2010 and have been stuck since. Bertrice's books are memorable to say the least.

Orianna Pietro D'Angelo carefully plotted each of her daughter's lives, especially their marriages. The wife a Milanese silk merchant only wanted the best of marriages for her beautiful offspring, but sometimes the meddlesome Orianna didn't know what was best for her daughters. When Lucianna went easily into her marriage to wealthy bookseller, Alfredo Allibatore, she actually had it easy at first. Alfredo was old enough to be her grandfather and their relationship was more friendship and mutual respect than marriage. Lucianna emjoyed her work in her husband's book shop and was content with her life even remaining untouched. After three years of marriage in name only, Alfredo passed away leaving nineteen year old Lucianna a wealthy widow and once again on the marriage market to fulfill Orianna's whim.

Lucianna has no intention of marrying again. She did her duty by her parents and now she is in a position where she doesn't need a husband. Enter Robert Minton, the Earl of Lisle, a handsome Englishman who is close confidant of the English King. Sparks fly when Minton meets Lucianna, but she is in complete denial.

When Orianna and her husband see the budding attraction, they send Lucianna to England as a representative of the silk merchants of Milan as a conspiracy to push Lucianna into marriage with the Earl.

Once in England, Lucianna must deal with the difference between both cultures, the Earl desperately wanting to be involved with the beauty when she is has no intention of falling into his arms and outside forces that would have Robert and Lucianna not be together.

Lucianna, by Bertrice Small is great read. It brought me back to my love for the author after I finished the Border Chronicles. Lucianna is the third book in the Silk Merchants Daughters series, but the first I delved into and once I finished Lucianna, I happily went back to the first two books, Bianca and Francesca. Ms. Small just has a way of making you feel that you are part of the story and Renaissance Italy just came alive for me, along with the restrictive attitudes towards women and the irony of it all. I recommend highly this series to lovers of historical romance and eagerly await the next in the series, Serena.

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