Eternally Artemisia by Melissa Muldoon is out now.
In “Eternally Artemisia,” Melissa Muldoon delivers a whirlwind story of everlasting soulful connections, taking readers from biblical times to the 26th century. Her story will delight fans of time travel, history, art, historical fiction, romance, and intrigue. The novel focuses on Artemisia Gentileschi, a seventeenth-century artist, who was abused by her painter instructor at an early age. Artemisia, despite great odds, in a male dominate society, the artist overcame the trauma of sexual abuse and rose to become one of the most influential female artists of all time. Artemisia didn’t just survive, she thrived! Artemisia’s message is powerful and continues to be a source of inspiration for women today.
Interwoven with Artemisia’s story is also that of Maddie, a contemporary art therapist who leads women’s groups in Tuscany. Although Maddie’s mission in life is to support and help women who have suffered abuse, she is also a romantic and, since childhood, fascinated by the possibility of time travel. She has never been able to prove this, until one summer in Tuscany when her past lives bleed into her current reality. Only then does she begin to understand the power of eternal connections.
Melissa Muldoon is the author of four novels set in Italy: Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, and Eternally Artemisia, and The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola (coming Fall 2020). All four books are available on Amazon in print, Epub, and Audio. They tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future for themselves. As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family.
She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When Melissa returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary. However, after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing. That “thing” was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event. Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency—a path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in countless ways. Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, traveling, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy in novels set in Italy.
They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an Art Therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing.
But, despite her efforts, real confirmation has always alluded her. That is until one fateful summer in Italy when Maddie is introduced to the Crociani family—a noble clan with ties to the seventeenth-century Medici Court and several skeletons in their closet.
As the puzzle pieces of Maddie’s previous existences start to form a coherent picture, she finally meets the great loves of her life that endure the test of time. One is romantic, and another is a special kind of bond that only women can share, especially strong amongst those who have suffered greatly yet have triumphed despite it. As her relationship develops with Artemisia Gentileschi—a seventeenth-century artist who in a time when it was unheard of to denounce a man for the crime of rape did just that—Maddie discovers in her a kindred spirit and a role model. In a journey that arcs back to Biblical days and moves forward in time, Maddie encounters artists, dukes, designers, and movie stars as well as baser and ignoble men and proves over and over again that when we dare to take control of our lives and find the thing we are most passionate about we are limitless and can touch the stars.
Eternally Artemisia is my new favorite book by Melissa Muldoon. I love how this story incorporates so many things: romance (which I love), bonds (showing how strong women are), and stories (different ones interwoven). How Muldoon writes about Italy really makes me feel as if I’m there too. I really appreciate how much effort Muldoon put into this book especially with the research into the eras. Eternally Artemisia was well written, and the characters were well developed. I definitely recommend adding this to your list. It will make you fall in love in many ways, especially with art.
Note: Author provided bio & blurb. I received this product for free for this paid feature, but the honest review is all mine.