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YA: The Queen's Soprano by Carol Dines

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YA: The Queen's Soprano by Carol Dines

Post by Divia » Thu August 28th, 2008, 3:45 am

Queen’s Soprano is based on true story set in 17th century Rome and is another Young Adult novel. Pope Innocent XI has made a decree that women are not allowed to sing in public. But Angelica was born with a beautiful voice. Angelica wishes to sing, marry an artist and live a happy life. Her mother on the other hand wishes to use Angelica’s voice to rise up the social latter. Rich men are overcome by Angelica’s voice and these are the men her mother wishes her to marry.

Unable to endure her mother’s plans for marriage, Angelica runs off into a quarter of Rome that is ruled by Queen Christina. She is a Swedish queen who allows women to perform even though the pope is outraged.

The story follows Angelica as a young, naive girl, longing for love to a young woman making difficult choices about her future and experiencing great pain.

This story was interesting because it’s something I had never known existed. I did enjoy it, but at times I felt if fell into the typical “mom wants to marry me off but I love another…” plotline that is getting a little tedious in historical fiction. For once I would just like to see the girl made to marry the man.
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