2013 UK Release: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Here is a release that I am very excited for, so much so that I already pre-ordered it from the UK. I love, love, love fairytale re-tellings and the cover is fab-u-lous!

Bitter Greens
by Kate Forsyth

UK Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Allison & Busby

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of Bitter Greens... 

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of greens—parsley, wintercress and rapunzel—from the walled garden of the courtesan, Selena Leonelli, they give up their daughter to save him from having both hands cut off. 

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1513 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-one years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition. 

Locked away in a tower, growing to womanhood, Margherita sings in the hope someone will hear her. One day, a young man does... 

Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic, and the redemptive power of love. 


  1. Thanks for the heads up on this. Looks really good. I think I like this other cover art better, though:


    To each his own, I guess.

  2. What a gorgeous cover! I'd love to have that version. May I ask who you order from in the UK? I'd love to have a good supply source for UK releases.

  3. I do like that cover as well, Laura. Both are great in their own right!

    @Megan - I ordered this from Amazon UK. You can also try Book Depository, I believe they have free shipping to the US.

  4. I LOVE that cover! Need to preorder this one. Never thought to order from amazon.uk,

  5. Intriguing and on my 'list' to read!
    Thank you for sharing,

  6. Synopsis is a little confusing, but so intriguing!

  7. What an great plot. I can't help but compare it to Rapunzel. Look forward to reading it.


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