The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret

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New American Library, 2006 - Fiction - 260 pages
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San Severino, Italy, 1340.

Fifteen-year-old Margharita is toiling in her family's meager field when a handsome gentleman rides in with a proposal of marriage. After only a few words with her father,Master Domenico Vasari tears Margharita away from the family she cherishes and the farm boy she loves-and hauls her off to a foreign, violent life, full of strangers and strange customs.

At the Vasari castle, she is given powders, perfumes, and gowns of silk. But for these fineries Margharita pays a dear price. Vasari beats her, viciously and without warning, even when she becomes pregnant. So Margharita begins to pray, fervently and furtively, to the Blessed Mother and Saint Mary Magdalene. For her safety, for her unborn child, and for the starving masses surrounding the castle walls. Only then does the Virgin Mother reveal Margharita's fate to her-and why she will forever be known as the Barefooted One.

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User Review  - grnpickle - LibraryThing

I love, love, love this book. I cried and laughed. It was excellent. I felt sorry for the characters and rooted for them too. I would recommend it to almost anyone. There are a few racy parts (just a warning.) Read full review

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User Review  - Soniamarie - LibraryThing

This was a quick read, but I wouldn't call it "light." Margherita is a peasant girl in 1300s Italy. Her mother and father work the fields and attempt to sell whatever cheese and eggs they produce ... Read full review


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Catherine Monroe is a pseudonym for an accomplished author of historical-set novels.

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