The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis. Published by St. Martins

In 15th century Florence, Giulia has learned to take care of herself. Raised in an orphanage, the young woman decided to take her chances on the streets rather than be subjected to a loveless marriage. She and her young charge Tomasso make their way by lying and stealing, becoming adept pick pockets. Things rub along well enough until they pick the wrong person to rob. If you are interested in Florence and its history, you’ll love this book. There are many, highly detailed descriptions of the city and its inhabitants, and while I liked this aspect of the book (it gave me a real feel for the story), I think it may be a bit tedious for some readers

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