Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: A Place in the World by Amy Maroney

Books are a big part of Christmas for me. I love to give and receive books for presents, and I love curling up with a good book for a little me time to escape the holiday bustle.

Last year, I gave The Girl from Oto to several people and it was a huge hit. My aunt said it was "the best book I have ever read" and she reads a lot of historical fiction. So this year I am excited to follow up and give those same people the other books in Amy Maroney's Miramonde series.

Here is my teaser from the latest, and final, book in the series, A Place in the World:
In his father's chambers in the Tower of Blood, Pelegrin flung open the shutters, struck as usual by the beauty of the Broto Valley unfurling to the south. Cowbells jangled in some unseen pasture.
-- A Place in the World by Amy Maroney.

The Miramonde series follows Mira, a female artist in the early 1500s in Basque sheep country, and Zari the modern day art historian trying to prove Mira's existence. It starts with The Girl from Oto, continues with Mira's Way, includes a prequel novella called The Promise, and concludes with A Place in the World.

2016: Zari Durrell seizes one last chance to return to Europe in search of sixteenth-century painter Mira de Oto. When the art world embraces a theory that Mira’s work was actually made by a famous old master, Zari must act. In a desperate bid to save Mira from obscurity, she travels to the windswept Basque coast of Spain. What she discovers there solves the puzzle of Mira forever—and unlocks the stunning secrets of Zari’s own past.

1505: Mira finally arrives in the city of her dreams. But Bayonne is nothing like she imagined. Navigating a strange world ruled by merchants and bishops, she struggles to reignite her fledgling career as an artist. When an old enemy hunts her down, Mira must make a terrible choice—will she avenge those she’s lost, or protect her family’s future?

Read my interview with Amy Maroney about her books, women artists, and what drew her to historical fiction.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from the book they are reading or featuring. Please remember to include the name of the book and the author. You can share your teaser in a comment below, or with a comment or link at the Teaser Tuesday site, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

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