Thursday, June 2, 2016


An extraordinary story of passion, art, and intrigue, this novel journeys to a time and place in Italy where desire reigns supreme―and salvation is found in the strangest of places.

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Release: May 3, 2016

Synopsis: Beauty can be a gift―or a wicked temptation. So it is for Filippo Lippi, growing up in Renaissance Florence. He has a talent―not only can he see the beauty in everything, he can capture it, paint it. But while beauty can seduce you and art can transport you―it cannot always feed you or protect you. To survive, Pippo Lippi, orphan, street urchin, budding rogue, must first become Fra Filippo Lippi: Carmelite friar, man of God. His life will take him down two paths at once. He will become a gambler, a forger, a seducer of nuns; and at the same time he will be the greatest painter of his time, the teacher of Botticelli and the confidante of the Medicis. So who is he really―lover, believer, father, teacher, artist? Is anything true except the paintings?

Journey to Florence for a lovely introduction to the life of Renaissance artist Fra Filipo Lippi! Author Philip Kazan has re-imagined the life of this famous painter, adding fascinating little twists and quirks of personality. Nicely written, in an easy-to-read style, sometimes in-your-face blunt style, it was easy to fall utterly into the story complete with all the sites and smells of Renaissance Italy. The author uses a first person present style of writing that makes the tale seem more current and vivid. I especially liked Fra Lippo's imperfections. Yes, he is a monk or friar, but can be a little scandalous in his behavior. As a reader, I was treated to visual descriptions of grand cathedrals and churches, other historical persons of the time, and wonderful artistic practices and techniques. This book is the first in a series and deal with the artists earlier life. I definitely look forward to reading the book in the series. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog,, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit

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