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A young woman on the verge of taking her vows to become a nun. A desperate flight from a murderous massacre. One honorable man comes to her rescue. Another becomes her nemesis and captor. And a life and death search to reunite with her one true love. In 10th century Naples, Saracens run rampant, annihilating villages, murdering women and children. Death and despair is everA young woman on the verge of taking her vows to become a nun. A desperate flight from a murderous massacre. One honorable man comes to her rescue. Another becomes her nemesis and captor. And a life and death search to reunite with her one true love. In 10th century Naples, Saracens run rampant, annihilating villages, murdering women and children. Death and despair is everywhere. Alone in the world, Sara is a young novice plagued with doubts about taking her final vows to become a nun. When her convent is attacked, she flees for her life straight into the arms of a group of Saracens who leave her to die alone in the woods. An honorable cavaliere named Nicolo comes to her rescue and offers to take her to the safety of Naples. As they journey together, they are irresistibly drawn to each other. Believing Sara to be a nun, the honorable Nicolo is torn between love and duty to respect her vows. Heartbroken, he does what honor demands and sets her free before she can tell him the truth that she is not a nun. In her search to reunite with Nicolo, she encounters Umberto, a dark and dangerous man who will stop at nothing in his obsession to possess her. With her sharp intellect, and her heart, Sara must rely on her own courage and strength to escape her abuser and find the only man she will ever love. A story that burns with intensity, intrigue, and passion from the author of the highly successful novel, Orphan of the Olive Tree....

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Number of Pages : 414 Pages
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  • Erin
    2019-04-23 03:49

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....Have I been living under a rock? All things considered it's a very distinct possibility, but I ask because despite having a slew of titles to her name, The Novice marks my first experience with author Mirella Sichirollo Patzer.I fell for this piece almost from the first. Even before I got to know the characters or understood direction of the story, I was overcome by Patzer's mastery of language and prose. There's something intoxicating about it, an artistry that draws you in and settles in the back of your mind. The atmospheric quality of the novel is equally appealing. I'm not overly familiar with 10th century Naples, but I had no problem envisioning Sara's world. Speaking of Sara, I have to note the complexity in her character. Patzer built a passionate fire in her heroine, a romantic and devoted spirit who defied my expectation and the truly captivated my imagination. An intensely sympathetic individual, Sara faces choices I could never understand, but Patzer's presentation made her profoundly relatable nonetheless. A beautiful if somewhat predictable piece, The Novice is a brilliant example of lyrical and ornate composition. Highly recommended.

  • Melinda
    2019-05-01 03:02

    Dramatic in every way. The Novice is an intricately tangled love story with the object of desire Sara. Sara is forceful, independent, a woman of substance especially given the brutality of the Middle Ages, and I’m merely scratching the surface.I have an affinity towards plucky, strong fiercely independent women, no surprise I am a fan of Sara’s from the get go. She’s brutally honest, full of moxie and demonstrates a mettle of unimaginable strength in mind, body, and spirit. She singlehandedly battles the enemy head on, lovingly relinquishes her independence to an honorable man, and endures the brute force of an evil man. No doubt Sara is a female protagonist you can’t help notice and admire. Her forwardness appeals to you and attachment grows as the story continues.The narrative is exciting and suspenseful. The romance angle is full of its share of highs and lows, toss in tragedy for good measure and it’s an enthralling tale. Despite it being a quasi love triangle, there are a few twists making this an above average love triangle. A white lie Sara insists on carrying out, leads to an untold amount of drama and tradgty.Patzer vividly depicts scenes, dives in to characterization and produces a story that’s very well balanced. The Novice is more than a complicated love story, it’s the story of one woman’s enduring strength, will and amazing courage. Riveting story, my only faultfinding, Patzer is comprehensive on all levels, more than details, she pulls you into the narrative with exact specifics, welcomed but at times it dragged the narrative. I’m a fan of minutiae, at times her impeccable eye causes a noticeable lacuna, leading to loss of readers focus.Patzer composes a passionate narrative with a memorable and admirable female protagonist. In all certitude historical fictional fans will enjoy The Novice, a novel comprising more than love.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-26 00:47

    Sara is a survivor. She's outwitted invading Saracens. She's survived the plague. She's even managed to stave off nunnery vows because she knows, in all honesty, the nun's life is not for her. She shares almost all of this with Nicolo, the mysterious knight who saves her from an appalling situation.Despite all of Sara's courage and bravado, she behaves like a child when keeping her true status of a novice, not a full-fledged nun, from the man she loves. She wants to play games and wait for the perfect setting to tell him the truth. This is Sara's flaw, an immaturity possibly to be expected from a young woman first sheltered by her family and then by a convent. It adds a twist and complexity to her headstrong character.Now, to be fair, Nicolo has secrets of his own, so Sara is not the only guilty party. Both of their secrets cause them to lose each other and sends Sara into the sights of Count Umberto. As despicable as Umberto is, his cruelty forces Sara to grow up. Sara's resilience and Nicolo's persistence keep this story moving at a fast pace. Set in tenth-century Italy, Patzer's prose brings the past to life. Brutal battles and exquisite descriptions make The Novice a highly recommended read! Great for readers of romance and historical fiction.

  • Laura
    2019-05-09 01:52

    Mirella Patzer’s vividly evocative prose never fails to draw me. The Novice transported me to medieval Naples and its neighboring castles and villages, such that every scene was artfully rendered and believable. It begins as a historical romance whereby a young novice and orphan, Sara, after a frightful encounter with Saracen invaders, becomes the love interest of Nicolo – an enigmatic brooding knight who is not what he seems. Her fate takes a complicated turn when despite their mutual affection, Nicolo abandons her. Having joined her uncle’s household in Naples, Sara unwittingly attracts the romantic obsession of Baron Umberto, an ambitious and egotistical man who in modern terms, “will not take no for an answer”. Then follows a battle of wills between Sara and Umberto, which makes for some thoroughly enjoyable entertainment for the reader.One of my favorite passages sees Sara fall into a trap set by the calculating Umberto. It was a mesmerizing scene. It had an allure of such mystery and magic that I did not suspect what would ensue until the brutal reality fell into place. That’s when the irony stung. Here was Sara, once a convent novice, who so passionately enamored of life – to the point of relinquishing her nun’s habit – was propelled by events beyond her control into more suffering and self-negation than if she had embraced the non-hedonistic nunnery. Umberto is a splendidly drawn character. One is left to wonder if he would have at all subjected Sara to such cruelty and debasement if she had returned his advances. Yet for all his loving promises, it becomes clear that what he loves above all, is his own ego, the idea of Sara’s rejection being more painful to his self-image than to his heart. For all his ego-driven rashness and his cruelty, Umberto remains a weak man - much like the average abusive person. It is his inability to admit romantic defeat or to endure any emotional torment which lead him to ruthless ends. I thought he was extremely well depicted.The shadow of the invading Saracens delineates this well researched novel. Prior to her rescue by Nicolo at the start of the story, Sara was spared from inevitable rape by an old Saracen captain. The Saracen leader diffused his men and had her tied naked to a tree before they departed. I like how this earlier scene served to remind the reader that one needs not be in the face of a stranger or ‘enemy’ in order to be objectified and tortured – abuse exists and thrives at home. What I most enjoyed in this novel was its complex treatment of a fraught romance and its original depiction of an abusive marriage set in 10th century Italy. I was also charmed by Nicolo’s hidden identity and his quiet strength. Less appealing was his endless stubbornness in upholding morals even to the detriment of his union with Sara. However this brand of nobility is appropriate for the novel’s setting and was effective in creating suspense and drama. This beautiful novel had its share of visceral moments, all adding to its authenticity.

  • Italo Italophiles
    2019-05-15 20:52

    Naples, Italy, in the middle ages (the year 915): a dukedom, a walled city, threatened by coastal raids by North Africans, and the church is the only Europe-wide authority. Sara begins her story in a convent, a place she abhors, as a novice, someone who joins a religious order but who has not yet taken the final vows of commitment to the order. By the end of The Novice, Sara understands and relies on the sanctuary convents offered women in the misogynistic middle ages. She returns more than once to the nuns' protection when things get unbearable for her.Sara's story begins with swashbuckling adventure and real danger. Saracen, North African, raiders attack the convent. Escaping just in time, Sara enjoys her new-found freedom. Convent life was not for her.Things don't go exactly as Sara hopes they will. For the first half of The Novice, Sara experiences high romance, adventure, danger, excitement, and chivalry from the classic hero. Nicolo is gorgeous, brave, noble, and he even has a cleft in his manly chin.The second half of the story turns darker, with Sara suffering at the hands of a sadistic cad. The author has a lovely style of writing; it is literary without being ponderous. She evokes the era with her descriptions. The politics of the time is introduced into the story naturally, never overwhelming the reader. The narration is omniscient at times, and 3rd person limited at times, alternating the mind into which we get to see.The author of The Novice writes a slightly more modern version of the Gothic historical romance genre, one that includes some vulgarities, and in the case of The Novice, two explicit rape scenes (I could have done without them, to be honest). But the picaresque style remains, along with the melodramatic and Gothic elements.This Indie writer works hard to produce quality work and to present it to the reader with beautiful covers. The Novice is romantic, swashbuckling, escapist fare in which one can get immersed, blocking out the real world for a while. The reader might even come away from the story thinking that things really aren't so bad for us today, after all. The Novice is great stuff for fans of this old yet still entertaining genre.Please read my full and illustrated review at Italophile Book Reviews.http://italophilebookreviews.blogspot...

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-28 04:02

    In tenth century Italy, Sara loses her parents and sister to the plague. With nowhere to go, she reluctantly enters a convent as a novice, but her spirit, her heart, her disposition are not suited to becoming a nun. Sara is a woman of strong passions, of fire, and of an exultation of life itself. Although the attack by savage Saracens, occurring at the outset, is horrendous and violent, in a way it works in her favor, as it frees her from a dreary, lonely future cloistered away in a nunnery. It forces her to take charge of the few other survivors. She herds them to safety, but the Saracens catch on and come chasing after them. In her first act of heroism, she sends the other nuns on and stays behind to distract the warriors, a brave effort which ends badly for her--yet again, what she suffers works in her favor, for had it not happened, she would never have met the love of her life.I'm not sure if Sara's age is ever mentioned, but it's pretty obvious that she's young: probably a teenager. The choices she makes as she travels with the mysterious Nicolo rang true for me because of her age and the sequestered life she's lived. Sara's heart aches for romance, for adventure, for excitement--as a teenage girl's will, always, whether the century is the tenth or the twenty-first. Even though she can see Nicolo is falling in love with her, she keeps certain secrets, wanting to "create a perfect scene" with him at "the perfect moment." Because of this choice, things go down a very different path than she envisioned, and she must endure a long period of regret, but in the end, this, and everything that happens, becomes a ladder of growth for her.I loved the author's descriptions. The soldiers in the barracks, swilling liquor and bragging about their sexual prowess, the herald finally coming with the dagger and message for Umberto, sending him into unaccustomed realms of doubt and trepidation. In fact, what I loved best about this novel is the beautifully descriptive way the author has written it. Every scene comes to life. Every bower, every forest, every meadow, clearing, villa and coastline. I could almost smell the mud, hear the birds, feel the armor heavy upon my back. Sara is wholly sympathetic, a fierce woman who will never allow herself to be defeated--and oh yes, there are a few who try very hard. Umberto's oft-spoken declaration is "I will break you yet, Sara." But in fact it is Nicolo who comes closer to being broken than Sara. Umberto, the baron, is a delightfully complex man. He is cold and vicious, yet there seems unplumbed depths to him when he calls out "Sara!" after she has cursed him. He is affectionate and agreeable to Imelda, leaving the reader wondering why he cannot be to Sara. This character is quite the enigma.Very reminiscent to me of "Le Morte d'Arthur," by Sir Thomas Malory. I recommend it to those who yearn for tales of lady loves, heroic acts and brave heroes, where honor and courage are worth dying for.

  • Lauralee
    2019-05-16 01:05

    Sara is a novice who has not yet taken her final vows. Her life was changed when she and a group of nuns ran away before a group of Saracens destroyed her village. On the run, with the Saracens in hot pursuit, Sara decides to be the diversion while the others nuns flee to safety. However, she was rescued by a mysterious knight in shining armor. The knight and Sara soon fall in love, but because Sara lied to him about being a nun, the chivalrous knight leaves her almost as soon as they approach Naples. Sara decides to live with her uncle and cousin, and soon catches the eye of the evil Count Umberto. In order to find happiness Sara is on the hunt to find her mysterious knight. Will Sara and her knight ever be reunited or is Sara bound to be the wife of Count Umberto?I found the setting of 10th century Italy to be beautifully written. Sara and her knight met and fall in love during a great tragedy. This shows that while there are cruel events that happen in the world, there is also good. For while bad things happen, people should also focus on the good things that happen in life. I also loved how she described the countryside and the woods. The rustic atmosphere symbolizes freedom and liberation. Whereas the city and the convent symbolizes oppression, constraint, subjection, and incarceration.Sara is a strong-heroine. She is passionate and is often described as wild and hard to control. She is her own self and makes her own decisions. She is also faithful to her love. She is a good judge of character. She has a good heart. Sara can be selfless too. She is also persistent, determined, and never gives up. Sara is also wise, calm, and cunning. She does not let emotions get in the way of her planning. She sees the problem and comes up with a solution. Also, even when she confronts many obstacles, Sara always gets back up.Overall, this story is about love, loss, regrets, and hopes. The message of the book is to be honest with the person you love or you may end up losing that person forever. It is also about not giving up, even in the face of adversity. The book is beautifully written and the characters are well-developed. However, there is one or two instances of profanity. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Italy and strong heroines. This love story is also a good inspiration for women who are being abused and is searching for their quest in happiness. For if Sara, who in the middle ages was abused by a powerful nobleman, was able to find happiness, then surely you can too.(Note: This book was given to me by the author as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Darlene
    2019-05-17 05:06

    Originally posted at: Novice by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer is a wonderful and beautifully written novel with a story to capture a reader’s heart. It certainly captured mine and even more surprising to me is that I’ve never read anything by this fellow Canadian of mine but that will be remedied. The Novice highlights the strength and determination of one woman to find her true love – that of the man who completes her.In 10th century Naples novice Sara is struggling with whether or not she really wants to become a nun. In her heart she knows there is so much more out there in the world for her to discover. Her decision is made for her when the Saracens, who are destroying villages and killing many, attack her convent. Sara and the nuns are forced to flee and Sara to protect the nuns puts herself directly in the path of the Saracens. Sara is left to die out in the woods but is thankfully rescued by the intriguing Nicolo. The two have an instant connection but Nicolo respects Sara’s vows as a nun and despite being heartbroken he steals away in the night.Sara is devastated and angry with herself that she wasn’t truthful with Nicolo. Luckily her uncle takes her in and she is happy with him until the dark and brooding Umberto takes a shine to her. Despite being brutally honest and telling Umberto that she will never be with him he refuses to give up and soon enough his desire to have her turns into a dangerous obsession. Sara is trapped with a man whose cruelty knows no bounds but Sara is smart and able and she will find some way to escape. To escape and find Nicolo; the only man who has ever or will ever have her heart.Four hundred pages has never flown by so quickly as it did with this novel. I was completely drawn into this story and into Sara’s life. I felt as though I was living within the pages of this book with how vividly it was told. Then there is Sara who is such a great character. She is strong, brave, and independent and possesses a passionate fire that burns strongly within her for love and life.For fans of historical fiction The Novice is a great pick! Highly recommended!

  • Clarissa
    2019-05-08 01:44

    The Novice begins with action straight away. You start the book and boom! There are Muslim warriors on the warpath, so to speak. This is not for the fainthearted, as we read about the crimes they commit in their wake. Pillaging, burning down buildings, rape, Murder of everyone…not even children were spared. A convent, sadly, is amongst the buildings that are ransacked and burned. This is how we first come to meet Sara, a novice nun.To sum it up without giving too much away, in order to save the other nuns, Sara remains behind as a distraction and the others escape. However, the saracens find her and though she has put up a valiant fight, they cut her hair and strip her of her habit and leave her bound to a tree. She is fortunate that a knight comes upon her and rescues her. They soon fall in love, however, Sara conceals that she hasn’t taken her final vows and the knight leaves her, out of respect for her vows. She moves into Naples with an uncle and cousin, however, the time there is not particularly happy when a count named Umberto becomes obsessed with her. The question is, will her knight find her and save her? Will she ever escape Umberto’s grasp?The overall message of the story is simple; be honest! Or else you may end up losing the one you love forever. I also liked the message of determination, of never giving up despite the odds that may be against you. I admit this is the first time that I had ever read one of Mirella’s books and I greatly enjoyed it. It was a fast read for me; I read the whole thing in four hours and I hope to acquire more of her books in the future. I think you’ll enjoy this book if you enjoy history, romance, daring knights, damsels in distress…et cetera. I hope you’ll be certain to give her a try.My only dislike is that there are some characters who are mentioned and there really isn’t closure for them, so yo speak. Donato, Emma, Agostino, the four nuns. Where did they go? What became of them?I give the book 3 1/2 stars.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-18 04:43

    This is a novel of love, lust and loss in 10th century Naples. Sara, who is forced to become a novice at a convent when her entire family dies of the plague. Two men weigh heavily on her fate and fortune. Warning: there are some violent scenes in this book.Read my full review here:

  • Bea Keaveny
    2019-05-20 00:45

    A little too long....I liked the book, but it could have ended a few chapters back. There were no details on what happened to Sara in the months following her escape, so why keep the story going.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-04-19 02:42

    How Researching The Novice Uncovered A Family Feud and A Love Story: A Guest Post from Mirella Patzer post from the author!

  • EileenNH
    2019-05-03 04:46

    Beautifully StoryThis story is about love and the different forms of love people accept and possess. The author makes the story almost mythical.