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The Whirling Girl [Paperback]

Barbara Lambert
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Feb. 1 2012
Caught in a net of her own lies …

When botanical artist Clare Livingstone unexpectedly inherits her uncle’s property in Tuscany, she travels to Italy to learn why—despite their estranged relationship and complicated past—she was chosen tomaintain his legacy.

The hill town of Cortona, however, won’t give up its secrets easily. Clare is immediately plunged into intrigue. Two men pursue her, but with agendas of their own; neighbours try to delve into the story of her past; and unscrupulous archaeologists are drawn to her property in search of buried Etruscan artefacts. Once again forced to negotiate between desire and history— in a balance as fragile as the orchids she illustrates for science—Clare realizes she cannot escape her life of deception until she finally confronts the truth she has kept buried so long.

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Praise for The Whirling Girl:

“Sexy and sophisticated, The Whirling Girl is a fairytale for grown-ups. The hero, rich and besotted, lives in a castle; the setting, golden Tuscany, is bewitching; the adventure, a search for buried Etruscan treasure, is exhilarating. But it’s the sly,

wry heroine—lovely and messy and flawed and true—who provides the real enchantment, undermining our expectations and exceeding them at the same time.”

(Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean )

About the Author

BARBARA LAMBERT is a writer and textile designer. Her previous work includes A Message for Mr. Lazarus (2000) and The Allegra Series (1999). She is a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Prize and the Journey Prize, and is awinner of theDanutaGleed Award for Best First Collection of Short Fiction and the Malahat Review Novella Prize. Lambert has lived in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Barbados, and now resides in Penticton, BC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Many Colours Aug. 16 2012
By Blanche
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Whether you are a lover of literary novels, mysteries, superior writing or exotic foreign locales, Whirling Girl by Barbara Lambert (a prize-winning author) is the book for you. Set in Italy, the book's protaganist, Clare, a young woman with a hidden background, goes to Italy to take possession of a house left her by her uncle, a man who was instrumental in shaping her character into its present form. The house is situated in an area once inhabited by the ancient Estruscans, and she soon finds herself in the often devious world of anthropology with academics who upstage and/or undercut their fellow searchers. Funny, spiteful dialogue, needless to say. She herself tries to understand the mindset of the ancient civilization, ". . . connecting ramdom dots, making up a pattern, because randomness was so hard for the primitive human mind to grasp."
Suspicion hangs over everyone including the locals because of the black market in ancient artifacts. Like all good novels, the subtext is one of Clare's own development. If she were to stop pretending "She glimpsed a splayed faceless flattened figure, like those outlines drawn on sidewalks after a shooting." As she digs further into the muddy earth she simultaneously digs into her own muddy secrets and learns lessons about who is the victim and on whom the shame should fall. Clare has made a name for herself for her beautiful botanical paintings of exotic flowers, both in the Amazon and now in Italy, but when she finds herself with painter's block she struggles to find what is causing the loss. Of course there are men aplenty to aid her, and with her good looks, intelligence, and quirky behaviour the men vie for her attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating From Beginning To End - A Must Read Sept. 8 2012
The Whirling Girl is a novel that takes a hold of the reader and doesn't let go until the very end. This beautifully written, well researched story transports us to Tuscany with all of its Etruscan history. We are introduced to Clare, an endearing yet somewhat flawed heroine. I grew to know and love her as she comes to terms with her past and moves forward with her future. A great read by award winning author Barbara Lambert.
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