Bitchery reader Elizabeth writes:
I’m a literature major about to graduate. In my third year of college I A) discovered your website, and B) discovered I loved Italian history. I wanted to go to Italy after I got out of school, but with the economy gone to crap I don’t think I’ll be going for a while, so I was hoping the Bitchery could help me visit the country vicariously with some historical romance set in my favorite boot-shaped country—or to be more precise, a book that’s set in one of the many regions of Italy before unification.
I only managed to find one historical set in Italy (it was in Florence, I don’t remember the title) but it was disappointing, and everything else on the shelf was set in England or Scotland with a couple of France thrown in. Searching Amazon was daunting since I’m so new the the genre and don’t know how to pick the good stuff from the bad without the book right in front of me. I’m hoping for something well written and well researched. I don’t have a specific era in mind (just not modern) so any recommendations would be great!