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The Silk Merchant's Daughters, #1

Bianca is the first book in the Silk Merchant’s Daughters, an epic new series by Bertrice Small. Though it does start off a little slow, once the characters are introduced and established, it really moves. Some of the characters seem a little underdeveloped, but I don’t know if that’s because Ms. Small intends to develop them in another book in the series or what. As always the book is filled with rich historical detail, which I love because I am fascinated by the little extra details she adds. The little things really bring a character to life for me. I cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out.

Bianca’s family has pretty much planned out the fate of their daughters, wanting them to marry wealthy distinguished men. Bianca’s brother makes a stupid mistake and is blackmailed, thus derailing the Pietro d’Angelo’s plans for her future. Blackmailed into marrying the powerful but debauched Sebastiano Rovere to protect her brother and her family, Bianca is faced with a very bleak future. Several months after the wedding, Bianca’s mother helps her escape, as she fears for Bianca’s safety if left to Rovere’s whims. After her husband is found murdered, Bianca finds love with Prince Amir, grandson of Mehmet the Conqueror. Bianca’s family however, does not approve of the relationship, and does their best to prevent them from being together. Can their love overcome their two very different worlds and the two cultures determined to keep them apart?

Book Blurb for Bianca


Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d’Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to wealthy men of distinction. But when their son’s dangerous indiscretion implicates him in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter who must pay the price. Blackmailed by the powerful and debauched Sebastiano Rovere, the Pietro d’Angelos must give beautiful Bianca in marriage to Rovere to buy his silence.

With the aid of her mother, Bianca flees her dark, cruel union, seeking shelter in a seaside villa. It is the shocking murder of her husband that allows her to find the possibility of love at last. But Florentine society would never approve of the man she’s chosen: Prince Amir, grandson of Memhet the Conqueror.

Two passionate lovers...two different cultures...two worlds determined to keep them apart...

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2012 4.00