Happy summer, friends! I’ve been busy this summer revising drafts of a new novel. I’m so excited to share a little bit about it. Also, I need your help!
The Painter’s Apprentice
A tale of forbidden love, family secrets, and the transformative power of art
“I am scraping golden flakes from my palette knife when I get the news that the pestilence has reached the quarter of our Most Serene City where my father’s workshop lies.”
In 1510, the daughter of a gilder is apprenticed to one of the most renowned painters in Venice. But as the plague begins to ravage the city, a devastating secret threatens to unravel everything she holds dear: her work, her family, and the man she loves. While the future of her family hangs in the balance, the painter’s apprentice must decide if she is willing to risk everything to follow her passions.
The Painter’s Apprentice is a prequel to The Gondola Maker, my award-winning historical novel set in 1581 Venice.
My wonderful cover artist Kerry has been working on a couple of different concepts for the book cover. Before finalizing a design, I would love your feedback!
Which book cover do you like best?
Comment below! Which book cover do you like best and why?
I am so grateful for your feedback. Thank you, friends!
I am an art historian writing about everything from Venetian gondolas to Limoges porcelain, Chinese silk, and cowboy boots. I am the author of the award-winning novel, THE GONDOLA MAKER, and the LAURA MORELLI'S AUTHENTIC ARTS travel guide series. I hold a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and my work has been featured on National Geographic Traveler, USA TODAY, CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and other media. My art history lessons can be found at TED-Ed.