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Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.

Venice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.

Maria arranges to leave the painter’s workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her back home. But the encroaching Black Death foils her plans…

When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep and steals away everything she’s ever loved…

From the author of the award-winning The Gondola Maker comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.

Buy The Painter’s Apprentice today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice…

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Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital Award IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book National Indie Excellence Award Finalist Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. The Gondola Maker brings the centuries-old art of gondola-making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice. A Venetian page-turner "I'm a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli's special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story." --Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun "Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another life. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands." --Pamela Sheldon Johns, author of Italian Food Artisans "Romance, intrigue, family loyalty, pride, and redemption set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy." --Library of Clean Reads "Beautiful, powerful evocation of the characters, the place, and the time. An elegant and thoroughly engaging narrative voice." --Mark Spencer, author of Fiction Club: A Concise Guide to Writing Good Fiction Scroll up and get your copy today!

"Non sono ancora all'ultima spiaggia grazie al professor Barco" - La Gazzetta di Lucca

"Non sono ancora all'ultima spiaggia grazie al professor Barco" venerdì, 20 ottobre 2017, 19:37. di suor eletta bertolini. L'ultima stagione della mia vita avanzava con prospettive poco allettanti. Il timore di finire su una sedia a rotelle sembrava diventare sempre più una certezza ed il futuro era avvolto in un mare di nebbia. Percepivo soltanto il venir meno delle forze fisiche e intellettive, mentre avanzava uno stato di apatia generale. Ho cercato aiuto nell'agopuntura, nei massaggi e in quant'altro mi si proponesse. Infine mi sono rivolta a una clinica reumatologica. I medici hanno fatto l'impossibile per trovare una cura che mi evitasse una distrofia muscolare. Da alcuni anni, poi, ero affetta da una forma di 'maculopatia retinica' preoccupante. nell'occhio destro mi era rimasto 1 decimo di vista. Fu la dottoressa Laura Morelli a parlarmi del Prof. Presi un appuntamento con la fiducia e lo scetticismo di chi va incontro all'ultima spiaggia. Barco e iniziai la cura con O. P. L. Col rate sentivo rigenerarmi le forze, aumentare la volontà di fare, capacità di memoria, in poche parole ero tornata a vivere lucida e presente. Il problema agli occhi per il momento è fermo, la macula ridotta e l'occhio sinistro salvo. Attualmente vado a along i controlli dall'oculista con molta più serenità ed un pizzico di incoscienza. 82 anni 'suonati' fanno sentire il loro peso, ma la mia vita si snoda giorno dopo giorno in un clima fiducioso, attento e. curioso a 360° verso tutto ciò che mi circonda e che merita attenzione. me stessa, e di tutto questo deve dire un 'Grazie infinito' al Prof. Giovanni Barco che con la sua scienza medica mi ha fatto dono di una vita che finalmente merita di essere vissuta. Un grazie particolare va naturalmente anche ai collaboratori del professore, il dottor Purro e il dottor Sanso oltre alla instancabile e onnipresente Roberta. sabato, 21 ottobre 2017, 16:26. Fondo centralissimo con ottimo passaggio Lucca centro storico, in zona di ottimo passaggio pedonale cedesi attività di bigiotteria e articoli da regalo. sabato, 21 ottobre 2017, 07:27. Italiano e disabile, umiliato e 'offeso': vince la graduatoria per la casa popolare, ma si vede superare da una famiglia di tunisini che era al dodicesimo posto Vergogna ad Altopascio, nel comune amministrato dal... L'appello disperato e impotente di un disabile che si piazza quarto in classifica, ha diritto alla casa, ma, essendo on one's own, la famiglia maghrebina, più numerosa, si prende la 'sua' casa nonostante il punteggio. Source: www.lagazzettadilucca.it

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  • "Non sono ancora all'ultima spiaggia grazie al professor Barco"

    10/20/17 ,via La Gazzetta di Lucca

    Da alcuni anni, poi, ero affetta da una forma di 'maculopatia retinica' preoccupante; nell'occhio destro mi era rimasto 1 decimo di vista. Fu la dottoressa Laura Morelli a parlarmi del Prof. Giovanni Barco e del suo metodo. Presi un appuntamento con la

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    05/19/17 ,via EBONY.com

    In Walk, actress Samira Wiley, married her longtime girlfriend and Orange is the New Black writer Laura Morelli in a beautiful, yet low-key function. Wiley took to Instagram to let the world know her relationship status had officially been upgraded

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    flour, baking soda, water, brown sugar, cinnamon, eggs, ginger, molasses, nutmeg, salt, shortening

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  • The Gondola Maker

    Laura Morelli. 2014. ISBN: 9780989367103,098936710X. 306 pages.

    Grant-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice -Benjamin Franklin Digital Award -IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-reserve -National Indie Excellence Award Finalist -Eric Hoffer Award Finalist -Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made in Italy comes a falsification of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his for the most part life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city’s most esteemed boatyards. At once he will marry the daughter of an artisan prow-maker, securing a key business alliance for the family. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his fate lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. The Gondola Maker brings the centuries-old art of gondola-making to time in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an privy first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice. "I'm a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli's special knowledge of the city, the aeon, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story." --Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun "Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another mortal. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands." --Pamela Sheldon Johns, author of Italian Comestibles Artisans "Romance, intrigue, family loyalty, pride, and redemption set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy." --Library of Clean Reads "Splendid, powerful evocation of the characters, the place, and the time. An elegant and thoroughly engaging narrative voice." --Mark Spencer, founder of Fiction Club: A Concise Guide to Writing Good Fiction

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Laura Morelli is an art historian calligraphy about authentic traditional arts–from Venetian gondolas to Limoges porcelain, Chinese silk and cowboy boots.

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