The Renaissance Club

The Renaissance Club A Great Artist Of The Th Century Meets His Superfan From Another Century In A Tale Of Passion Transforming Into True Love And Sacrifice If Young, Ambitious Art Historian May Gold Could Talk To One Person About Her Life, She D Ask Her Idol, Italian Sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini The Question She D Put To Him If I Were Trapped In Stone, How Would You Chisel Me Free Because At Just Twenty Six, May Is Already Trapped In A Dead End College Teaching Job And A Slowly Failing Love Affair She Yearns To Fly Free Of Both Job And Boyfriend, Though He S The One Who Has Brought Her To Italy With Their Teaching Colleagues May Longs To Soar With Creative Wings, Like One Of Bernini S Marble Angels Secretly, She Also Longs To Be In His Arms, The Wildly Adored Partner Of The Man Who Created The World S Most Beautiful Art When The Floor Under The Gilded Dome Of St Peter S Basilica Rocks Under Her Feet, May Finds Herself In The Year , Staring Straight Into Gianlorenzo S Eyes Their Immediate Attraction Grows Each Time She Meets Him During Her Tour, But Her Academic Future Begins To Look Brighter Too Passion For Her Artist Shakes Her To The Core, But History Says They Have No Future Would She Give Up Everything, Even The Time In Which She Lives, To Be With Her Soul Mate A CAPTIVATING LOVE STORY Illuminating Love S Enduring Truth And The Timeless Power Of Beauty To Uplift Us Perfect For Lovers Of Art, Italy, And Time Travel Romance Praise For The Renaissance Club Enchanting, Rich And Romantic A Poetic Journey Through The Folds Of Time Charts, Wall Street Journal, And Kindle Bestselling Author Kerry Lonsdale Highly Recommended For Lovers Of Time Travel Fiction Or Anyone Looking For A Compelling Story About A Woman Trying To Find Happiness Annabelle Costa, Author Of The Time Traveler S Boyfriend

Rachel Dacus writes magical realism fiction and poetry She is the author of The Invisibles, a novel of sisterhood and family secrets, called an enjoyable, romantic read The Renaissance Club is a time travel romance featuring the great 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, who meets and falls for his superfan from the future Dacus has written four poetry collections Arabesque,

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  • ebook
  • The Renaissance Club
  • Rachel Dacus
  • English
  • 15 December 2018

10 thoughts on “The Renaissance Club

  1. says:

    The author uses the story of May s travels around Italy with the other members of The Renaissance Club in an imaginative way to give the reader the story of Bernini s life and work without the book ever feeling like an art history textbook.May s relationship with her boyfriend, Darren, is strained and what she experiences during her journey through Italy only seems to make their differences apparent Although May feels gratitude towards Darren for bringing her on the trip, she feels frustrated at his unwillingness to commit to their future together They seem temperamentally very different as well He is ambitious and status driven, whilst May is interested in exploring her creativity through writing poetry When Darren remarks dismissively, There s not much money in writing poetry, is there May s understandable reaction is to think his comments eminently reasonable, but not exactly encouraging.At one point, initiated by Darren, they indulge in an academic debate over lunch about who was the better sculptor Bernini or Michelangelo To my mind, the discussion that follows encapsulates the tensions in their relationship it s an argument loosely disguised as academic debate No surprise that Darren puts the case for Michelangelo, dismissing May s adored Bernini as a mere entertainer a vaudevillian who equates art with spectacle a showoff May soon works out what s really going on He was demolishing her idol with a savage analysis This wasn t their usual game This was a fight She felt as if he were acting like a jealous lover May, and her boss, Eva, both find their creativity awakened by their experiences on the tour For Eva it is getting up close and personal with the greatest Renaissance art, as represented by Michelangelo, that brings about this change and offers her the possibility of moving on from tragedies in her personal life For May, it is the master of the Baroque, Bernini, who gets her creative and other juices flowing Her creative outlet is poetry, the medium in which she can most effectively express her feelings and emotions.As a reader, I felt almost transported to the various artistic sites The Renaissance Club visit on their tour thanks to the author s wonderful descriptions of church interiors, frescoes and sculptures There are also some evocative descriptions of the cities the group visit on their tour Rome, Siena, Assisi, Florence and Venice For example, this description of Rome Ancient city walls next to rough piled medieval palazzos, Egyptian obelisks rising from Baroque fountains Rome was a hot mess of beauty I love that phrase a hot mess of beauty If you ve ever been there, you ll realise how apt it is Or this description of Venice White domed churches shouldered next to palazzos of earthy colours, and the filigreed palaces, with fluted chimneys and Juliet balconies, were jewels against the blue sky Venice was the gaudy inheritance of a rich empire built on water, imagination, and bold ambition The author also writes poetry and I got a real sense of this in some of the imaginative phrases and metaphors in the book For instance, as May feels herself slipping between past and present The city kept doing this to her, zigzagging through its eras so fast she had time whiplash I really enjoyed The Renaissance Club and found much to admire in it on a number of different levels I loved the imaginative use of the time travel aspect to provide an insight into Italian art of the Renaissance and the Baroque without feeling that I d sat through a lecture on art history I enjoyed seeing the awakening of May s creativity and the effect on her of Bernini s energizing presence I need to learn to flow Why do I always feel like I m encased in stone And I found myself applauding the changes she decides to make in her life As the group s remarkable tour guide, George, says, Your life is yours to create, May Shape it like a poem, with imagination but also sense.I received an advance reader copy courtesy of publishers, Fiery Sea Publishing, in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  2. says:

    THE RENAISSANCE CLUB is a time travelogue of Italy for poets, dreamers, artists, and romantics Only a poet novelist could write a book that captures both the lyrical force of main character May Gold and her desire to find her place in the world and in Time Rachel Dacus has already established herself as a published poet This beautiful debut promises a future of combining that talent with stories that give readers an escape into the worlds she creates.

  3. says:

    If you ve ever wanted to travel to Italy, or you ve ever wanted a different past or future, or you believe in a life lived full out, you will want to read this book It s a wonderful read as we explore the world of art in Italy and get to know the sculptor Bernini the way the protagonist, May, does I found myself relaxing as I read this poetic book and, for the first time, wanting to go to Italy.

  4. says:

    The author takes us on an amazing journey through Italy, giving us glimpses into the art world of past and present Her poetic writing weaves us into the scenes, making the reader feel as though they are on the journey with May, her main character Her interaction with the artist, Bernini, is deep and relevant in helping May discover herself, and establishing the person she knows she wants to be Not only does this timeless story keep you up in the late hours of the night, but it makes you want to take your own trip to Italy, with the hopes that you may also be a member of the Renaissance Club Definitely, a must read

  5. says:

    A, so far, standalone novel following a group of college professors as they tour the art history of Italy.I received this story from the publisher, Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC, via Instafreebie.My TakeDacus uses single third person point of view using May s perspective and focusing primarily on her passion, her fear About those influences that attack your own sense of rightness, terrifying you into following someone else s vision of your life.It will be a fascinating journey, one that I wish Dacus had spent time on in providing greater depth, showing us what causes this group of tourists to change as they do We only see May s and Eva s interactions, and even those aren t all that convincing It s tell than anything.Still, I did fall in love with The Renaissance Club, for Dacus turn of phrase, for her poetry and I hate poetry , for her insights on art, for the evolutions in art, for those great quotes This was beauty in service of a cruel faith that turned terrible persecution into its symbol of love Dacus passion for the Renaissance came through quite clearly and definitely made me want to book my ticket for Italy right now What Dacus says about Cosimo de Medici s Library and what Michelangelo introduced in creating it Wow And yet tidbits on the various artists who helped art to evolve, expand And I had to laugh about the constant need for entertainments Our time doesn t need all the physical events Bernini speaks of cause we got TV and the Internet Hmmm Yep, there s plenty of bickering amongst the professors, each trying to one up the other, but a few were much worse Eva was just plain nasty She was so angry at everything and so negative about everyone She simply couldn t resist tearing at everyone Darren is another jerk, always aiming for the correct political move to make and such a child in his reactions Wait ll you read what Darren thinks of the Apollo and Daphne sculpture oy Of course, May turned out to not be a whole lot better What a weaseling, judgmental woman She wants to, she s afraid, she thinks she should stick to the humdrum, she whine, whine, whine She makes promises she doesn t keep She tries to railroad Darren Again As an historian, I can t believe how quick May was to want to change Bernini s future I mean what the heck I gotta say I didn t buy Eva s time reactions I would have expected skepticism from her Especially the way she jumped on George for using the present tense in discussing the past Although, lol, George did have some excellent responses to her snark.There s plenty of conflict in this the years of negativity from May s parents and everyone else she is wimpy Sandra s anger at her parents Darren s childishness Eva s bitching Norman s worries about his daughter and his own wimpiness and planning obsessions and, Bernini s own conflicts Rome is pure melodrama, meant to intimidate the sinner and bind the believer I did love how supportive Bernini was of May If only there were people who could be so upbeat and positive Her head emptied its thoughts into the pillow There s an interesting conflict in those of the group who see beauty as a lie, mostly due to their own issues, and others who appreciate beauty as truth There was a fascinating bit from Bernini about truth resid ing in the ideal, not the actual with May realizing that Bernini s kind of beauty didn t cheat truth or realism It heightened it How can you not love that I absolute DO agree with Eva about how non painters overcomplicate the art Sure there are some painters who want to make a statement, but most artists simply need to create whatever image is in their heads.Then there s May s realization about what Bernini uses to speak of the human condition Just beautiful.Just a couple niggles There were a number of sentences that made no sense I don t know if author publisher was in a rush or was overtired, but hoo boy.I just KNOW Dacus has set this up for a series And I do hope she writes the next one quickly in spite of all my whining.The StoryMay Gold, college adjunct, often dreams about the subject of her master s thesis Gianlorenzo Bernini In her fantasies she s in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who invented the Baroque.But in reality, May has just landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and older boyfriend who is paying her way She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit, and when the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter s basilica rocks under her feet, she gets her chance Walking through the veil that appears, she finds herself in the year 1624, staring straight into Bernini s eyes Their immediate and powerful attraction grows throughout May s tour of Italy And as she continues to meet her ethereal partner, even for brief snatches of time, her creativity and confidence blossom All the doorways to happiness seem blocked for May all except the shimmering doorway to Bernini s world.May has to choose stay in her safe but stagnant existence, or take a risk Will May s adventure in time ruin her life or lead to a magical new one The CharactersMay Gold is the Baroque loving daughter of documentary makers, parents who are firm believers in fact, not fancy, crushing their daughter s joy in creating She is currently a part time teacher at the college under threat of a layoff Dr Darren Perl is a self obsessed senior professor of history and May s boyfriend.Dr George Giorgio St James has always been different, traveling back in time even as a child These days he is a history scholar who teaches at various universities, leads tour groups, and helps people who have an affinity for the past Timmy was his best friend in fourth grade Mrs Smith had been an angry grade school teacher Dr Maria Donato is George s high speed substitute in Florence Signora Sciutto is the curator of Palazzo Fondazione in Rome.The Renaissance Club is a group of college professors, their spouses, and friends who take a tour of art and art history in the Italian Renaissance Norman Wesley is the dean of Mount Antioch College and the club organizer His wife, Kathleen, organized the trip Sandra is their angry daughter Dr Iris is a friend of Kathleen s and interested in Italian clothes Eva Manookian, May s boss, is the head of the Art and Art History Department, who paints when she s not teaching Arthur is her very one dimensional husband who teaches English literature, heads up the English department, and plays guitar Rebecca was their daughter who died of cancer three years ago Rick is head of the Information Technology department and married to the gorgeous Marianna Becca is the drama instructor Daphne is her sister Jake Ismail is a friend and colleague of George s and currently working at the college.Vico is the Italian shoe salesman who sweeps Sandra off her feet P p is a fabulous chef Dr Frank is a therapist Eva has seen before Brother Leo is with the San Francesco del Deserto in Venice.Italy, 1624A sculptor, architect, and playwright, Cavaliere Gianlorenzo Bernini is a Renaissance artist whose ideas ushered in the Baroque era of art Matteo Bonarelli is Bernini s newest assistant Costanza is his wife Finelli was an amazingly delicate carver and another assistant Luigi is Bernini s traitorous brother.Donna Olimpia Maidalchini was the mistress of Pope Innocent X Prince Niccolo connives with Bernini Cardinal Scipione Borghese had been Bernini s best patron and a friend his home is now a museum Giotto was a shepherd who discovered perspective.Some of George s historic acquaintances include Solon, Thomas Jefferson, and Zheng who invented pasta.The Cover and TitleThe cover is glowing around May s body, partially submerged in a Venetian canal, her long dark, curly hair descending midway down her back, as she faces away from us, staring into the pink and gold city of Venice, a cloud of butterflies flitting overhead in the dawning sky of pinks, purples, oranges, and yellows The title is centered just below May s hair with a text separator beneath with the author s name beneath that in a distressed olde worlde parchment textured serif font.The title is the ongoing conflict, The Renaissance Club tour group of professors and art lovers.

  6. says:

    The Renaissance Club is undoubtedly one of the best books I ve read this year I am a huge fan of time travel stories, but this was unique for me because I ve never read a book that is set in the Renaissance Period in Italy When Fiery Seas Publishing offered this book to me, I was so excited because I am a huge history nerd and a history major , and I absolutely adore learning about the Renaissance, so needless to say I jumped straight into this book Before I get into specifics, I just want to say that I read this book twice, back to back, because I loved it so much Possibly the best thing about this book is the writing Rachel Dacus describes the setting in such luscious and vivid detail that it s almost a shock when you look up and realise that you re not in Italy In terms of the story itself, the romance felt natural and didn t feel like it was forced on you, and the characters were interesting and offered unique experiences of the world around them As you re reading you feel the emotions of the characters, and you are completely immersed in the settings This book is so incredible, and it really is unique I will remember this book for a very long time For anyone who is interested in either history or art or both this is a must read.

  7. says:

    I love doing ARC reviews for Fiery Seas Publishing, and their most recent release of The Renaissance Club was no exception Another stellar story and subtle romance Rachel Dacus story weaves the past and the present together in a seamless blend of prose and poetry, with subtle undertones reminiscent of a fine Italian culinary dish This was not my first time travel romance, but Ms Dacus is easily on par with my literary heroine, Diana Gabaldon While the heroine travels back and forth through time, she tries to keep her present day, dead on arrival, relationship with Darren together but each trip through the portal of Time, each liason with her artistic hero, Bernini, she finds herself comparing past and present in ways than one.The romance between May and Bernini sizzles, and the love scenes are subtle, but pack a punch and the author moves deftly through the full range of human emotions with style and sensitivity All the while, Dacus is describing art and Italy with a deftness that leaves even the least experienced art historian with a clear mental image of what the characters are seeing and studying.Her characters step in and out of time seamlessly, and it would seem that all of our intrepid travelers on this particular three week academic tour find themselves somehow changed by the magic of Italy its pull an irresistible dare to be something , fly higher, try something new, inspired by the innovation in artistic styles that Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assisi seethe with And who wouldn t find themselves forever altered by meeting Masters of their time such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Borromini Even those who aren t romance fans will find something in the pages of this book to pique their imagination Aspiring authors, poets, painters and sculptors especially, should read at least the first three chapters, and pay special heed Bernini s advice.You won t find steamy sex scenes in this book, but in this reviewer s opinion, they would have most likely detracted from the overall impact of Rachel s work Readers will be left with a new appreciation of art, history, love and time itself A must for every romance reader s book list, especially fans of time travel romance.

  8. says:

    Author Rachel Dacus in The Renaissance Club captures the frenetic activity of a three week, multi city art tour of Italy with a group of art historians and artists known as The Renaissance Club Dacus s protagonist and other tour members whiz through museums so fast the art works blend together.Dacus s protagonist, May Gold, is an adjust professor at a third rate school, living with an older lover, also an art historian May wrote her thesis on Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the golden child of the Baroque period architect, city planner, painter, sculptor, and writer director set designer May fantasizes about being Bernini s lover On this tour, she learns that time is not always linear and has folds that people can walk in and out of Slipping through one of these folds, she encounters Bernini, falls in love with him, and seriously considers leaving the 21st century and settling in the 17th.I enjoyed The Renaissance Club immensely I lived in Italy for several years and have seen the art works and the museums, etc., that Dacus captures so well Like the members of the club, in the company of an art historian spouse, I ve stood in awe before Michelangelo s David and Bernini s Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence Thus I can verify that Dacus s art historical travelogue perspective is excellent She captures the essence of Rome, Florence, Venice, and other cities the tour visits.Less compelling, however, is the romance between May and Gian Lorenzo Their time together during these folds in time is minimal and not really enough to fully develop their relationship.In short, if you enjoy art and travelogues with an Italian bent, you ll enjoy The Renaissance Club If you are expecting a full blown, steamy romance, you ll be disappointed.

  9. says:

    This was a wonderful and fun book to read while traveling around Italy, which is exactly when I read it An interesting premise well executed.

  10. says:

    A perfect time travel story, full of romance and Italian travel Don t miss this one

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