Sunday, August 16, 2009

Audio Book Giveaway -- Second Book: Sacred Hearts

Just when you thought I'd fallen off the edge of the earth, never to return, I'm rearing my head like Putin to post the second audio book in MarcomMom's Summer Reading Audio Book Giveaway. It's a thoughtful and well-reviewed novel called Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant, author of The Birth of Venus, and to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below this post. Just say hello, or tell us what you're reading right now.

The publisher's book description reads:

The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God's protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina's new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core.

Ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, sixteen-year-old Serafina is willful, emotional, sharp, and defiant-young enough to have a life to look forward to and old enough to know when that life is being cut short. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl's cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal between the young rebel and the clever, scholarly nun, for whom the girl becomes the daughter she will never have.

As Serafina rails against her incarceration, others are drawn into the drama: the ancient, mysterious Suora Magdalena-with her history of visions and ecstasies-locked in her cell; the ferociously devout novice mistress Suora Umiliana, who comes to see in the postulant a way to extend her influence; and, watching it all, the abbess, Madonna Chiara, a woman as fluent in politics as she is in prayer. As disorder and rebellion mount, it is the abbess's job to keep the convent stable while, outside its walls, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to purge the Catholic Church and impose on the nunneries a regime of terrible oppression.
Sarah Dunant, the bestselling author of The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, brings this intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life. Amid Sacred Hearts is a rich, engrossing, multifaceted love story, encompassing the passions of the flesh, the exultation of the spirit, and the deep, enduring power of friendship.
I'll randomly pick a winner on Saturday, August 22nd. So don't you feel a comment inside you just burning to be posted below? Inquiring minds want to know... what you're reading now or want to read next.


Paige said...

Stopping by from SITS! Have a great Sunday!

MarcomMom said...

Thanks, Paige! You have a great day, too.

Eva Gallant said...

I'm turning 65 on Thursday, so I think I should win! lol.

I just finished reading the Time Traveler's Wife and the Silver Linings Playbook.. both excellent reads!

just stopping by to say hi from SITS; hope you'll do the same.

MarcomMom said...

Eva: thanks for stopping by. I want to finally read "The Time Traveler's Wife," too, before I see the movie, which I hear is good. You could win, you never know!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds good. I'm finishing up 'Breaking Dawn' from the Twilight series (yes, I got sucked into it too, tee hee) and it's really good. Hopefully will finish it tonight or tomorrow, yay. Thanks for the chance and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

Jamie :)

MarcomMom said...

There are lots of grown women into the Twilight series, it seems. Thanks for dropping by!

Amy said...

This sounds really fascinating!

MarcomMom said...

Amy, I know! I've been wondering why I'm giving it away. :)