New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small begins a captivating quartet of novels in this “Renaissance romance fraught with conflicting. Cover for Bianca by Bertrice Small in a vivid new historical romance series by “ legendary”* New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small. Renaissance Florence and Ottoman Turkey collide in the overwrought first Silk Merchant’s Daughters historical. Bianca Maria Rose Pietro.

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There are pages of words — words that failed to connect me to the story or the characters or the setting or anything remotely interesting. As time passes, her emotional wounds begin to heal. Jan 22, Lise Anne rated it did not like it Shelves: The plot kept changing and surprising me each time. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Bianca (The Silk Merchant’s Daughters, #1) by Bertrice Small

It is the shocking murder of her husband that allows her to find the possibility of love at last. How to Marry a Marquess. Want to Read saving….

That is simply my somewhat sheltered life showing through. The Silk Merchant’s Daughters 4 books. She wants no husband and would have him for her lover, but bergrice Amir who wants her for berrtice 3rd wife nor her mother who considers him an infidel accepts that decision. The element of the harem was done quite well-yes it’s not politically correct and I am a complete feminist in real life, b This title was on my TBR for quite a while, and I’ve decided to have it begin my goal of reading all of Bertice Small’s books.


I found it ridiculous that a victim of rape felt no hesitation in having a sexual relationship other than being legal married to another.

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Her mother, appalled at what has befallen her daughter, helps Bianca flee to a seaside villa where she meets Prince Amir, grandson of Memhet the Conqueror. See all books by Bertrice Small. I am guarded where this author is concerned but not closed to her.

Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. It may not invoke happy feelings in me but it may in others. We are experiencing technical difficulties. With the aid of her mother, Bianca flees her dark, cruel union, seeking shelter in hianca seaside villa. A book that can cause you to reflect, appreciate that which is worth appreciating and question your own feelings on a certain subject is valuable.

Fiction Book Review: Bianca by Bertrice Small. NAL, $16 trade paper (p) ISBN

The Dragon Lord’s Daughters. In order to keep her far away from Sebastiano, Bianca is sent to live in a secluded villa with only a few servants. Add to Cart Add to Cart. P As for Bianca being married so young, that’s documented fact — 21st-c soc First: This is her most recent book: Bertrcie you get used to the rather annoying changes in perspective and the dry writing style, the book does have its charm.

I couldn’t make it past the 5th chapter. This series may not be as perfect as Sky O’Mally but is a second best. Because we are betrothed, he is allowed to do whatever he wants to me?

As with everything else in this story, it gets neatly wrapped up. Again, nothing distasteful there as it was culturally accurate. The element of the harem was done quite well-yes it’s not politically correct and I am a complete feminist in real life, but this is fantasy.


Fortune Favors the Wicked. Bianca’s story spans Italy and Turkey, from humiliating debauchery to lovely eroticism.

Review – Bianca (The Silk Merchant’s Daughters #1) by Bertrice Small

However, her father is a very smalk silk merchant who plans to see his daughter married to a man with wealth and a worthy reputation. Amir is a gallant, romantic man who loves Bianca. It is impossible to not notice how well versed and hmmmm, okay, where to start? I want my cliche cutie pie romance where the guy actually has to do some wooing. Firstly, warning to anyone who can not handle reading depraved assaults on women, bestiality, etc.

I didn’t like it. This book was very interesting. Addicted to the Duke. A mature woman who could, even if it was effing buanca, be able to care for herself.

This was a very good story; however, it was very disturbing to read of such acts done to a fourteen-year old girl. Small also had a fondness for mid-story climaxes.

Read the full review as posted on November 1, at The Book Pushers: Feb 22, Karen marked it as to-read Shelves: A good start to a new series for Ms.

I really got sucked into the torture Bianca suffered. First, the writing style is stilted, stale and skims along the surface.