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She is therefore shocked when, not long after they meet, Rafaello chooses her as his bride and her parents agree to his proposal—without her consent. The Splendor Before the Dark.

Francesca: The Silk Merchant’s Daughters

Another wonderful read for this avowed Bertrice Small fan. There were a few surprises but it ended in disappointment for me. The Widows of Malabar Hill.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes a somewhat brutally honest historical novel, but with somewhat stilted conversation yet know-it-all characters.

But the future remains uncertain for the runaway bride, who is still promised to another. They have always delighted me.

Jan 17, Carolina rated it it was amazing. Jan 12, Isabel Garay rated it did not like it. Refresh and try again. Francesca is the second book in Small’s “Silk Merchant’s Daughters” series yes, each book is named after each girl. Jan 31, Andrea rated it it was amazing. This won’t keep me from reading Ms. After her older sister, Bianca, has run off to marry her true love in the Ottoman Empire, which can be read at BiancaFrancesca’s wealthy Florentine merchant family is struggling to see her successfully married off.

Jun 04, TinaMarie rated it really liked it. Carlos keeps trying to seduce her of course, but Francesca does not give in to him. Until that last night, before they will close the inn for spring and summer, and she will be free to return home.


I say “in love” because throughout the novel Francesca is her own sort of philosopher about love: Ending wasn’t what I had expected but Vertrice think Small did a great job wrapping up the lives of all in a great way.

So when Francesca finally learns that Rafaello has chosen her for his bride, and that her parents have already consented to the marriage, she is furious! But how certain can the future be for the runaway bride, who is still promised to another? You read a romance to be taken away from it all even if it’s just for an hour or so. She writes within the perspective of those times so people who can’t handle that go read something else. In a perfect world, I would have changed the ending a bit, that is what is holding me Francesca was the perfect second story after Bianca.

Furious and feeling betrayed, Francesca flees into the forest and takes shelter at an inn. As always, Small imbued her heroine with bertricw, witty dialogue that works a lot better in impressing the Duke than her incomparable beauty, not that her perfect face, figure, and fashion sense hurt, as Small inevitably reminds us every third paragraph lol.

Francesca IS CHOSEN, but you would have known that from reading the back cover, and in her immaturity and under the force of her ideas of pride and love she flees into the surrounding forest thinking she can find her way home.

You can tell every time you read her novels. But a family friend arranges for Francesca to be one of three possible brides to Rafaello Cesare, the heir of the Duke of Terreno Boscoso.

Even though Terrono Boscoso is only a small country between French and Italy, it has some strategic importance.

smll It was beftrice realistic in a sense but still thoroughly enjoyable. She knows she can never have him, and she will honor her marriage vows to Rafaello. We have enough of that in our lives. The Mayor of Casterbridge. New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small continues her glorious historical-romance series featuring four sisters in Renaissance Florence who have anything but marriage on their minds….


If none of the above conveys the horribleness that was this read, I will warn you that it does not end happily, at least not by conventional romance novel standards.

Apr 18, Tanya rated it it was ok. The romance fits well withing the plausibility. The novel’s conclusion with her son being conferred Duke with Bernardo and Captain Arnaldo by her side was excellent, flawlessly written. Voyager 25th Anniversary Edition. Feb 20, Angie Benko rated it really liked it Shelves: I would give the book 3. She spends the winter learning the wenching trade and flirting with the mysterious huntsman Carlo, who does his best to seduce Francesca.

Francesca (Silk Merchant’s Daughters, book 2) by Bertrice Small

But to her big surprise, Carlos is now the one who refuses to take his price. After the scandal in Venice, Francesca is sent back home to Florence, to find a husband there. Bfrtrice is one of three maidens selected as potential bride for Rafaello. Did I mention she was beautiful? The resilience shown by Francesca, once a spoiled and possibly annoying heroine, and now rising to the challenge like so many she-dragons of her era Anne de Beaujeu is even mentionedis what turns her, and her story, into truly compelling, emotionally poignant stuff you can get lost in.