From the time she first sees Vivaldi when she is a young girl in Mantua, Annina Giro dreams of being a famous singer and studying under the great composer Antonio Vivaldi. When an opportunity arises for her to travel to Venice to study music, she leaves behind the pain of her dysfunctional family for a new world of backbiting and jealous prima donnas. But Annina rises above it all until she can attain Vivaldi’s tutelage, and soon the two develop an inseparable relationship that leads to Vivaldi composing some of his greatest music for Annina’s voice.
“Vivaldi’s Muse” enchants just like Vivaldi’s music, and enough so to win the Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Historical Fiction in the annual Reader Views Literary Awards. Reader Views Managing Editor Irene Watson said, “Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year by self-published and small press authors. Our Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors, all talented writers whom we know have very promising writing careers ahead of them.”
Tyler R. Tichelaar, former winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for Historical Fiction, has since sponsored the award in the historical fiction category. “I was very pleased that ‘Vivaldi’s Muse’ won the award this year,” Tichelaar stated. “It has all the elements that make for great historical fiction, never straying too far from history while bringing alive the past so that readers will feel like they really are in Vienna, Mantua, or Venice, or listening to great opera singers perform in the eighteenth century. Sarah Bruce Kelly has done a masterful job of blending her research into the story. I was most impressed by her meticulous efforts to present Vivaldi and Annina Giro’s relationship truthfully, without sensationalism, making it more poignant and realistic as a result. I could not put the book down and finished it in two days. I commend Kelly for her talent and hope many more novels will come from her pen.”
Tichelaar is not the only one raving about Kelly’s ability to bring the story of Vivaldi and Annina Giro to life. At Amazon and other online bookstores, readers have posted such comments as: “Having been to Venice several times, I loved the descriptions of that beautiful place. The story brought to life a city that heretofore was just a lovely tourist destination. If I ever have the chance to go again, I know I will see it in an entirely different light and think of Annina and Vivaldi at every turn.” “Vivaldi’s sensitivity and genius were perfect complements to Annina’s impressionable warmth and vivacious ambition. The story brought me into their lives and I left feeling like I knew them.” Kelly’s ability to bring the past and its people to life in “Vivaldi’s Muse” marks her as a true maestro of historical fiction.
About the Author
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Bruce Kelly lives on the South Carolina coast with her husband, Frank, where she spends her time writing, reading, teaching, and enjoying the sun and surf. Her first historical novel, “The Red Priest’s Annina” (2009), has met with international acclaim, and a sequel is in progress. Her second historical novel, “Jazz Girl” (2010), is based on the turbulent early life of African-American pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. Her newest novel “Vivaldi’s Muse” was released in June 2011 and is winner of the Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Historical Fiction, sponsored through Reader Views.
“Vivaldi’s Muse” (ISBN 9780983630401, Bel Canto Press, 2011) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.BelCantoPress.com. Publicity contact: www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.
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