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The Courtesan's Lover
Gabrielle Kimm

Sourcebooks Landmark
May 2012
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Featuring: Francesca
528 pages
ISBN: 1402265883
EAN: 9781402265884
Kindle: B007INOL5C
Trade Size / e-Book
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Romance Historical

Francesca Felizzi knows she wields an immense power over men. Her patrons see only a carefree courtesan, and they pay handsomely for the privilege of her time. Francesca never saw him coming, the man who cracked her heart open and ruined her for the job. But he's shown her what a gaudy facade she's built, and she doesn't know how to tear it down without taking her beloved daughters with her. The wrong move could plunge all of them into the sort of danger she has dreaded ever since she began her perilous work all those years ago.

An exquisite tale that explores the intricate nature of a mother's heart. The Courtesan's Lover draws you close and whispers in your ear. In the tradition of Sarah Dunant and Marina Fiorato, a compelling and vibrant tale from an up-and-coming fresh voice that readers will want to savor.


35 comments posted.

Re: The Courtesan's Lover

This sounds like a fun summer read. It's been a while since I've read a historical romance....oh, and I love the book jacket.
(Yvonne Jefferson 11:18am May 17, 2012)

Sounds intriguing!
Lisa Elwood 11:19am May 17, 2012)

This is a new story line for me. It sounds very interesting and I am glad that she finds love.
Kathleen Yohanna 11:30am May 17, 2012)

I must read this book now just to find out who it is that loves her.
Sue Farrell 11:30am May 17, 2012)

Interesting! Sounds like there could be some suspenseful moments if the Duke decides to chase her down!
Rebecca Whitehead-Schwarz 11:33am May 17, 2012)

Misterious lover!
Roxana Perez 11:36am May 17, 2012)

sounds like my new summer read
Debbi Shaw 11:37am May 17, 2012)

I thin that I would like to read the book and find out more about Francesca.
Marjorie Carmony 11:48am May 17, 2012)

I like the story line. It makes me look forward to reading the book.
Pam Howell 11:50am May 17, 2012)

It's been a while since I've read a historical that wasn't located in England/Scotland... I'm loving the cover art, also. thanks for the contest!
Cate Sparks 11:56am May 17, 2012)

I've read several reviews now and would like to read this book.
Nan Zahar 12:36pm May 17, 2012)

I would enjoy finding out more about Francesca and the mysterious man.
Anna Speed 1:13pm May 17, 2012)

Sounds like a great read!
April Kirkland 1:30pm May 17, 2012)

What a sumptuous cover. The blog reminded me of the last Italian-set book I read, The Birth Of Venus, set in Renaissance Florence amid turbulence and art. I think courtesans were a strong-minded, independent sort of woman, compared to the usual woman of her day who was in a marriage or in a convent. I hope it all ends well for the lady!
Clare O'Beara 2:04pm May 17, 2012)

This sounds like a book I'd LOVE to read...thanks and good luck
Bonnie Capuano 2:04pm May 17, 2012)

thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to read this book.
Mary Hay 2:06pm May 17, 2012)

Sounds like an exciting read. :) Love the cover.
May Pau 2:23pm May 17, 2012)

Thank you for your post, Gabrielle. Your new novel sounds like quite a read. And Francesca is a welcome departure from all those naive virgins and frigid widows in most historical romances.

Good luck with the release of "The Courtesan's Lover"!
Mary Anne Landers 2:47pm May 17, 2012)

Nice cover, it's always interesting to read about these type of women and to figure out how and why they end up being courtesans. It's not always pretty as to the reasons.
Which is why they deserve to find love in the end.
Earlene Gillespie 3:05pm May 17, 2012)

This sounds like a great book for me to read during nap time!
Stephanie Briggs 4:34pm May 17, 2012)

Sounds like a great book to read on vacation. Thank you
Candie Luster 5:06pm May 17, 2012)

Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the chance to win!!
Natasha Donohoo 5:23pm May 17, 2012)

Beautiful cover, and I love the storyline!! I'd LOVE to READ this book this summer...sounds wonderful!
Linda Luinstra 5:55pm May 17, 2012)

this is very new i really like it the stoy sounds so interesting i would LOVE to read ir also
Denise Smith 6:10pm May 17, 2012)

This sounds like an interesting story. The book cover also looks really good. Hope you have a great day!
Chelsea Knestrick 6:18pm May 17, 2012)

Oh! I love Francesca already - I so want to read her stories - and thank you for sharing this with us!
Felicia Ciaudelli 6:51pm May 17, 2012)

Love the cover! I look forward to reading this book!
Jennifer Langford 7:10pm May 17, 2012)

It's nice to see a different side of a courtesian, (dedicated mother) adds a new light to the story, Can't wait to read it, and Thank You for the contest.
Joy Gifford 8:59pm May 17, 2012)

I am so glad that you stopped by today!! Your first book is definately on my TBR list, and I would love to read your latest!! The story line struck a nerve, and reminded me of someone I know. I would love to read the book to find out how it ends!! I think the cover is lovely as well! Thank you again for stopping by, and for writing books from this era. I'm sure I'm going to enjoy them!!
Peggy Roberson 9:01pm May 17, 2012)

I'm new to romance & erotica and I admit that I have not read any courtesan books. Sounds fun!
Catherine Lee 11:32pm May 17, 2012)

I feel I need to read HIS LAST DUCHESS before I dig into this book. They both sound great with Francesca seeming so human already. I can't wait to find out who loves her. She needs to be loved. Also the cover alone would make me buy this book.
Kathleen Bianchi 11:54pm May 17, 2012)

A new author for me. Fabulous!!
Mary Preston 12:16pm May 18, 2012)

sounds like a great read
Denise Holcomb 9:15pm May 18, 2012)

Sounds like an inviting read with Francesca F.
Alyson Widen 9:21pm May 18, 2012)

Gabrielle you are a new Author for me and I'm glad I found you here at Fresh Fiction. I am definitely going to be picking up these books to catch up and then enjoy reading The Courtesan's Lover. Happy Memorial Day.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com
Carol Luciano 5:43am May 27, 2012)

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