Lake Union Publishing
On Sale: March 31, 2015
Featuring: Virginia Tacci
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Historical | Women's Fiction Historical
Raised by her aunt and uncle amidst the rolling hills of the
Tuscan countryside, young orphan Virginia Tacci has always
harbored a deep love for horses—though she knows she may never
have the chance to ride. As a shepherdess in sixteenth-century
Italy, Virginia’s possibilities are doubly limited by her
peasant class and her gender. Yet while she tends her flock,
Virginia is captivated by the daring equestrian feats of the
high-spirited Isabella de’ Medici, who rides with the strength
and courage of any man, much to the horror of her brother, the
tyrannical Gran Duca Francesco de’ Medici.
Inspired, the young shepherdess keeps one dream close to her
heart: to race in Siena’s Palio. Twenty-six years after
Florence captured Siena, Virginia’s defiance will rally the
broken spirit of the Senese people and threaten the pernicious
reign of the Gran Duca. Bringing alive the rich history of one
of Tuscany’s most famed cities, this lush, captivating saga
draws an illuminating portrait of one girl with an unbreakable
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