Spotlight Book

Today, I am introducing another new thing to the blog: a spotlight book.  Every few days or so, the featured book will be changed.  Perhaps the spotlight book will be what I am currently reading, a book I just reviewed, or an old favorite. 

I will have it as the background of my blog.

The first spotlight book is The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny.  Set in the late 16th-century, the novel is about Dr. Gabriella Mondini, a 30-year-old woman from Venetia, who challenges the gender roles set for women.  Her father has disappeared ten years after he set out on a mysterious journey.  Gabriella embarks on a quest to find her father and to find herself.

If you have read this novel, I would love to hear your thoughts.  If I have intrigued you, please read along with me.  Let’s be fellow readers together.  We can discuss the novel here.



Filed under books, fiction

4 responses to “Spotlight Book

  1. I just saw this at B&N today and so badly wanted to buy it but I put it back. Next time! I will have to come back and see how you liked it.

    • bookmagnet

      It is a really fine example of good historical fiction. The setting is when magic and the Middle Ages gave way to the science of medicine and the Age of Reason. Because Gabriella is a female doctor, there are many who see her as a witch. She goes on a kind of Campbellian quest to find her father. Obstacles get in her way. We’ll see what happens! Do get it if you enjoy historical fiction.

  2. bookmagnet

    Cassie, if you get it, please let me know what you think!

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