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A Thing Done [Paperback]

Tinney Sue Heath
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Oct. 30 2012
In 1216 the noble families of Florence hold great power, but they do not share it easily. Tensions simmer just below the surface. When a Jester's prank-for-hire sets off a brawl, those tensions erupt violently, dividing Florence into hostile factions. A marriage is brokered to make peace, but that fragile alliance crumbles under the pressure of a woman's interference, a scorned bride, and an outraged cry for revenge. At the center of the conflict is Corrado, the Jester, whose prank began it and who is now pressed into unwilling service by both sides. It will take all his wit and ingenuity to keep himself alive, to protect those dear to him, and to prevent the unbridled ambitions of the nobles from destroying the city in a brutal civil war.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A prank that started a vendetta and war! Aug. 12 2013
By Great Historicals TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
A Thing Done is a fictionalized accounting of the broken betrothal that sparked the long-standing war between the Ghibelline and Guelphs families of medieval Florence. At the heart of the story is a court jester who is intimidated into performing a prank at a celebration. The prank sets off a vendetta which is appeased by a betrothal between two families. However, the betrothal is broken and murder becomes the only way to settle the vendetta.

Author Tinney Heath has really created a compelling story – one that gripped me and captured my interest from the opening lines of the book to the very end. Of course, I love any novel with an Italian setting and this book definitely does not disappoint. Strong writing, rich details, and undeniably compelling characters made this book truly stand out. I loved the hero and the way he was unavoidably drawn into the vendetta. I loved how the author weaved fiction with fact to make a fabulous story. I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and enjoyable Jan. 1 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
“A Thing Done” will take the reader back to 13th-century Florence, when an annoying prank snowballs into a vendetta among Florence’s noble families. The narrator is the jester ordered to pull the prank, whom we today would describe as working class. The jester is a wry and unwilling observer caught up in the situation. The novel is based on historical events, and it is apparent the author has done her research down to the details of daily life. She provides us with real medieval characters and doesn’t shirk from the harshness of their lives. All the characters, even the ones the author invented, come across as real people and are three-dimensional. Highly recommended.

Kim Rendfeld, author of The Cross and the Dragon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and enjoyable Jan. 1 2013
By Kim Rendfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"A Thing Done" will take the reader back to 13th-century Florence, when an annoying prank snowballs into a vendetta among Florence's noble families. The narrator is the jester ordered to pull the prank, whom we today would describe as working class. The jester is a wry and unwilling observer caught up in the situation. The novel is based on historical events, and it is apparent the author has done her research down to the details of daily life. She provides us with real medieval characters and doesn't shirk from the harshness of their lives. All the characters, even the ones the author invented, come across as real people and are three-dimensional. Highly recommended.

Kim Rendfeld, author of The Cross and the Dragon
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engrossing! Dec 7 2012
By l vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. It drew me in immediately, and kept up just the right amount of tension/expectation/suspense. And even though I am not all that familiar with many of the medieval Italian terms, the context was enough to get the meaning and make this very readable. Excellent work!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting premise, but nothing special about the writing Feb. 15 2014
By R. Petrone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tinney Heath came up with a very good premise for her book, and chose an interesting character to provide the point of view. The intrigue is entertaining and informative about the era, and her research is top notch. The problem is that her writing is boring and doesn't do the era or the subject matter justice. She tries to be colorful, and she gets a good mark for effort, but her efforts fall short. I never feel immersed in the world because her prose is too dry and unengaging.

I've noticed the many 5-star and 4-star endorsements the book has received, but, tellingly, none of those people have actually *written* a review, which tells me those are Tinney's friends and family trying to boost her book's review status. Nor could I see how this book could possibly honestly earn 5 or 4 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A prank that started a vendetta and war! Aug. 12 2013
By Great Historicals - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A Thing Done is a fictionalized accounting of the broken betrothal that sparked the long-standing war between the Ghibelline and Guelphs families of medieval Florence. At the heart of the story is a court jester who is intimidated into performing a prank at a celebration. The prank sets off a vendetta which is appeased by a betrothal between two families. However, the betrothal is broken and murder becomes the only way to settle the vendetta.

Author Tinney Heath has really created a compelling story - one that gripped me and captured my interest from the opening lines of the book to the very end. Of course, I love any novel with an Italian setting and this book definitely does not disappoint. Strong writing, rich details, and undeniably compelling characters made this book truly stand out. I loved the hero and the way he was unavoidably drawn into the vendetta. I loved how the author weaved fiction with fact to make a fabulous story. I highly recommend this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book Nov. 3 2012
By Bee Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
From its opening scene to the very end, this book held my interest, and I eagerly read every chapter until I had read it all. I urge you to read it. Well researched, without the research taking over the story; detailed and resonant, and above all, a good read. Well done!
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