To wrap up the successful virtual book tour for Mary Sharratt's novel, Illuminations, I have an international giveaway here at Passages to the Past!
The reviews from the tour have been phenomenal, reviewers have responded very positively to Sharratt's fascinating story of Hildegarde von Bingen. To check out the reviews, guest posts and interviews, please see here.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Skillfully weaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Illuminations brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.
Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was expected to live in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned, disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. But Hildegard rejected Jutta's masochistic piety, rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died, Hildegard broke out of her prison, answering the heavenly call to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters. Riveting and utterly unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed.
Blogger Praise for Illuminations
"Were it possible to drown in another's words I might very well have been lost to author Mary Sharratt's pen while reading Illuminations. I really hate to gush, but there is no other way to describe my experience with this book. Easily one of the best books I've read this year, Illuminations is a vibrate and captivating portrait of an enigmatic woman defined by her desire to love as she herself felt loved by God." - Erin, Flashlight Commentary
"With a distinctive first-person POV and a great narrator, veteran author Mary Sharatt makes reading Hildegard's impressive story an experience." - Jessie, Ageless Pages Reviews
"I really enjoyed reading Sharratt’s Illuminations for its
compelling prose, its lovely verbiage, her superb use of narrative and
first-person POV, and her development of Von Bingen from history to the
page. I was enthralled, curious, and ignited. I highly recommend this as
a thought-provoking read, yet one that will absorb you so completely
you’ll never use your bookmark." - Erin, Hook of a Book
Author Praise for Illuminations
"An enchanting beginning to the story of the perennially fascinating 12th-century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. It is easy to paint a picture of a saint from the outside but much more difficult to show them from the inside. Mary Sharratt has undertaken this with sensitivity and grace." —Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene
"I loved Mary Sharratt’s The Daughters of Witching Hill, but she has outdone herself with Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen. She brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page."
—Sharon Kay Penman, author of the New York Times bestseller Time and Chance
"I love Mary Sharratt. The grace of her writing and the grace of her subject combine seamlessly in this wonderful novel about the amazing, too-little-known saint, Hildegard of Bingen, a mystic and visionary. Sharratt captures both the pain and the beauty such gifts bring, as well as bringing to life a time of vast sins and vast redemptions." —Karleen Koen, author of Before Versailles and the best-selling Through a Glass Darkly
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About the Author
The author of four critically acclaimed historical novels, Mary Sharratt is an American who lives in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, the setting for her acclaimed Daughters of the Witching Hill, which recasts the Pendle Witches of 1612 in their historical context as cunning folk and healers. She also lived for twelve years in Germany, which, along with her interest in sacred music and herbal medicine, inspired her to write Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen. Illuminations won the Nautilus Gold Award for Better Books for a Better World and was selected as a Kirkus Book of the Year.
For more information, please visit Mary’s website and blog. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
I have one paperback copy of Illuminations up for grabs. To enter, please complete the form below. Giveaway is open internationally and ends on November 26.
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