I decided to take a step outside my normal contemporary romance genre and read a little historical romance. I was drawn in by the science verses religion aspect of the story. The story fell short on any in depth discussion of the motivations of both organizations. There were a few points in the book where the author tersely touches these issues in a profound manner. But what the author failed to state made think about how life must have been during that time when science was coming to fruition. In this case, it was not necessarily the words that were written that made me enjoy the book but the overall schematics.
This book is part one of The Bard Trilogy. Perhaps, there is a more in depth approach taken in books 2 and 3.
Additionally, as a romance, it was very simplistic and predictable.
Overall, I rated this book 3 stars.
After losing her mother and fiancé, Alcinia and her father travel west to Turin in the Duchy of Savoy to begin a new life. Getting adjusted to a new way of living in Renaissance Italy, Alcinia falls in love with a mysterious bard, and through their secret rendezvous is beginning to find happiness once again. Until…she finds out that her small-town father isn’t who she thought he was. Alcinia gets caught in a web of intrigue, and sets out to save her father from a scientific organization bent on using a biological weapon to destroy all men of the cloth. Her father’s life might be the only way to stop it… When she discovers the truth, it will change her life forever, for better and for worse.