A Golden Web by Babara Quick comes out today, and I received an ARC through Traveling ARC Tours.
Here's the publisher's description:"Alessandra is desperate to escape. Desperate to escape her stepmother, who's locked her away for a year; to escape the cloister that awaits her and the marriage plans that have been made for her; to escape the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There's no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her keen intelligence and unconventional ideas. In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of spies and scholars, Alessandra will find a love she could not foresee -- and an enduring fame. In this exquisite imagining of the centuries-old story of Alessandra Giliani, the world's first female anatomist, acclaimed novelist Barbara Quick gives readers the drama, romance, and rich historical detail for which she is known as she shines a light on an unforgotten -- and unforgettable -- heroine"
I really wanted to like this book, but I only made it ten pages. I could not handle the language. Quick aimed for authenticity, and I don't know enough to know is she succeeded in historical accuracy, but the archaic language was too awkward for me to enjoy reading. A Reader's Respite recently had a wonderful post about modern vernacular in historical fiction. I never realized I had an opinion on the matter, and I'm still not sure how I feel about historic language in general.
Has anyone read A Golden Web? I'd love to add a link to yours!