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Seventeen-year-old seamstress Sofia Genotti is on the run, falsely accused of theft. Penniless and desperate to avoid the perils of whoredom, she is introduced to a troupe of travelling actors, who ask her to join them as costume mistress. Within weeks she begins to learn how to act.Acting will bring her closer to Beppe Bianchi, the young man with whom she is developing aSeventeen-year-old seamstress Sofia Genotti is on the run, falsely accused of theft. Penniless and desperate to avoid the perils of whoredom, she is introduced to a troupe of travelling actors, who ask her to join them as costume mistress. Within weeks she begins to learn how to act.Acting will bring her closer to Beppe Bianchi, the young man with whom she is developing a passionate relationship. But after a f?ted performance at an aristocrat's castle, Sofia is accosted by the owner and the following morning he is found dead.Who was the dead nobleman, and how did his secret past lead to his murder? Uncovering blackmail, violence and sexual jealousies, the true killer will be revealed and the power of theatre will conquer all...

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ISBN : 9780751550344
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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The Girl With The Painted Face Reviews

  • Nikoleta
    2019-03-06 04:41

    Δυστυχώς αν και έφτασα στην μέση το εγκατέλειψα, παρόλο που μου άρεσε το θέμα του και μου αρέσουν πάρα πολύ τα ιστορικά μυθιστορήματα. Η αφήγηση κυλούσε πάρα πολύ αργά και ήταν γεμαααααάτο περιττές λεπτομέρειες, όχι περιγραφές, αλλά λεπτομέρειες. Διάβαζα επί δυο σελίδες μια άκυρη συζήτηση για το που μπορεί να είναι οι καρφίτσες για να τις βάλουν σε ένα άκυρο φόρεμα, κ επιιιι δεν θυμάμαι πόσες σελίδες πως βαφόταν για να βγει στη σκηνή, από τι υλικά ήταν φτιαγμένες οι μπογιές και από πού τις βρήκε. Βασικά ήταν έτσι όλο το μυθιστόρημα, χωρίς ιδιαίτερη δράση αααααργό… Ζζζζζ… Και τι τρέχει με το love story; Ποιος το σκέφτηκε; Τελείως αντιρομαντική η φάση. Ήμουν αποφασισμένη να του δώσω μια ευκαιρία, αλλά έπειτα έγινε το εξής, πήγα μια βόλτα και γυρνώντας σκέφτηκα «θα ξαπλώσω στον καναπέ μου κ θα διαβάσω την βιβλιάρα μου», μετά όμως θυμήθηκα τι διαβάζω και έπιασα τον εαυτό μου να απογοητεύεται. Αυτό ήταν, αποφάσισα να το αφήσω. Αυτά τα ολίγα από μένα.

  • Helen
    2019-03-01 00:45

    Gabrielle Kimm is the mistress of plotting - and in addition to this she creates characters that I care so much about and a completely enthralling sense of time and space in historic Italy. Sofia, the heroine of this book, is a gorgeous, multi-layered young woman I rooted for completely - she is naive and strong, sensitive and wise and rides her rollercoaster elegantly. I loved the travelling troupe - their sense of loyalty, ethics and etiquette. The build-up to the crime is mistressfully handled (suspects and alibis abound) - I had hoped for another perpetrator but you will have to read the book yourself to find out who did it and it will be well worth your while.

  • Liza Perrat
    2019-03-07 02:27

    Set in 1582 in Italy, The Girl with the Painted Face tells the story of the young seamstress, Sofia Genotti – a vulnerable, sensitive and heart-warming heroine who has must go on the run after being falsely accused of theft. Sofia joins a troupe of travelling actors as their costume mistress, but is soon appearing on the stage as a budding actress. When she falls in love with fellow actor, Beppe, life seems finally to be treating her well, until Sofia is wrongly accused of murder and forced, once more, to run away. Through her scrupulous research and vivid descriptions, the author has woven an historical tale that is both entertaining and educational. 16th century Italy and the world of the Commedia dell'Arte is vividly brought to life, the reader almost able to see and smell the countryside, the crowded taverns, the lively marketplaces, and the colourful characters, some of whom have very dark and dangerous sides. I found The Girl with the Painted Face a nice, simple read; a cosy mystery with no great surprises or plot twists and turns. I would recommend this as an easy read for historical fiction lovers who enjoy tales of adventure, romance and a whodunnit in the storyline.

  • Thebooktrail
    2019-03-19 02:26

    See the map of the literary locations here Booktrail of Girl with the Painted FaceSmell the greasepaint, hear the actors milling about behind the scenes and can you hear the crowds cheering for the next performance? What about the costumes and the glorious masks where nothing is as it seems?Welcome to the world of the travelling actors who tour Italy performing on the street of in front of aristocratsThey have performed eleven times in the towns and villages of Emilia Romagna and not once have they met with a hostile crowdThe magic of the theatre is the true setting here and is evoked via each one of the five senses.ModenaSofia meets the troupe here and we meet her running through the streets to escape her tormentors. But once the theatre comes into play, there is hope.It is here in Piazza Vecchio where Sofia first meets Signor Zanetti and where she finds hope and salvation amongst the crowded and nosy market square and the carts laden with misshapen loaves and sweetmeats.BolognaInside the walled city and within the Piazza de Porta di Ravegnana – this is where the troupe are to perform and where Sofia first meets BeppeWe perform in the Piazza de Porta di Ravegnana this afternoon and in the shadows of the two towersThe stage is erected here and the costumes set out, the face paint goes on and the crowds roar. You can hear and smell the excitement in the crowds as they cheer loudly.Just outside Bologna (which you should ride to in one of the many travelling wagons in the story), a lauded performance at the great Castello della FranceschinaStanding alone, the red brick castle looms squat and square, two storeys high with a stout constellated tower at each corner, uncompromising and simply designed like a child’s toy fortress.This is the location of murder and intrigue and where the mask slips from the face of the guilty. Dark dealings within its corridors, the sense of entrapment and isolation is the only breeze which makes the candles flicker in disgust. For the castle walls hold secretsBeppe and Sofia – who live in a world of escapism – will have to achieve their best performance yet. Banished from their towns and villages of Emilia Romagna, From Ferrara in the north to Ravenna in the east to Reggio in the west, they have lost their hearts and their heartland…

  • Angela Buckley
    2019-03-27 00:18

    Another captivating novel from wonderful writer, Gabrielle Kimm, The Girl with the Painted Face is a story of passion, secrets, addiction and treachery, all set in the lively and colourful world of the Commedia dell’Arte.When young seamstress, Sofia Genotti, is falsely accused of theft, she flees Modena and sets out alone on a journey that brings her into the theatrical life of the Coraggiosi troupe, and its cast of interesting and enigmatic characters, including Beppe and Angelo, who share a turbulent and secret history. When a shocking and unexpected murder takes place, all the members of the group are forced to confront their pas, as they fear for their future.The Girl with the Painted Face is a gripping story with a fast-paced plot, fascinating characters and evocative description. Gabrielle recreates the dramatic world of the wandering players with consummate skill. Her attention to detail is outstanding and takes the reader straight into life on the stage in 16th century Italy. The plot is cleverly constructed with the real life dramas of the actors running alongside the traditional stories of Arlecchino, Colombina and the other characters from the Commedia dell’Arte. Gabrielle Kimm is a brilliant storyteller and her work is rich, imaginative and totally enchanting. The Girl with the Painted Face is refreshingly different from other historical novels and I highly recommend it.

  • Sara Reis
    2019-03-22 22:39

    I won "The Girl With The Painted Face" by Gabrille Kimm in Goodreads' giveaways.I didn't Know I had won it till I received the book, I was really happy because I really wanted to read this specific book. I had a feeling it would be good. But it is better than expected.I fell in Love with the book after reading a couple of pages. This book was even more special to me due to the fact that years ago I worked in theatre's world in Portugal and also had drama lessonsIt was interesting to know that the theater's world didn't change much from the 16th to the 21st century. Pity I didn't have a teacher like Beppe Bianchi :)One of the reference Books that Gabrielle Kim used for "The Girl with The Painted Face" was one of my study books too. This is why I love Goodreads

  • George Allan
    2019-03-03 21:26

    Having read Gabrielle Kimm's previous books: His Last Duchess and The Courtesans Lover, I was looking forward to her latest work: The Girl with the Painted Face. Although based in the same period and same part of Italy, I think she has surpassed her earlier work and wrote a fantastic novel. It is her best book to date.It starts when Sofia, a young seamstress, who is accused of theft and is being chased down the streets of 16th century Modena. She has no chance of proving her innocence, so she must run. She meets Niccolo, an old travelling apothecary, who goes from town to town selling medicines to the people of Emilia-Romagna. Niccolo helps her escape from her pursuer.After she has a few more scrapes, she meets up with Niccolo again and he introduces her to a travelling company of actors called The Coraggiosi, where she meets Beppe, one of the players, and falls in love.Sofia starts off with The Coraggiosi as their seamstress; soon she is persuaded to try her hand at acting and with Beppe's help she becomes the girl with the painted face. I really loved this book; I love an odyssey, stories of travelling. Sofia is safe and happy, while moving around the countryside, with the freedom and the camaraderie of the troupe. Alongside the wonderful story of love, jealousy, and murder, with a bit of laudanum addiction. The author reveals to us the traditions of the travelling troupes, the names of the characters that must have been so familiar in the Piazzas of Italy in the middle Ages. Her description of the costumes and the painted wagons with the old hand painted tables and chairs really captures the imagination.These historical novels by Gabrielle Kimm are a real glimpse into 16th century Italy and she gets better and better with every book. The Girl with the Painted Face is a real treat and I am really looking forward to her future work.

  • Marina Maidou
    2019-03-18 05:39

    Don’t judge a book by its cover they say. Well this one (in the Greek edition) although it’s beautiful, has nothing to do with Commedia dell' Arte. What about its content? Even if I read the summary, I still thought it was something similar to Belinda Alexandra’s “Tuscany Rose”, which was about a theater troupe in Italy at the times of World War II, so I wasn’t so furious to read it. Well, it isn’t in the WWII era; it’s in the diverse, famous time of Italian Renaissance. What kept me to buy? It was the title, the girl with the painted face. As I experienced in past, books with “girl” in their titles were likeable to time (as all the books of late Stieg Larsson). So I left all these behind and I began to read. I enjoyed from the first lines the story, I felt I was there, beside Sophia and I was running to save my life as her did. The author seems to put so easily the words and revive whole the world of Coraggiosi troupe and generally the traveling actors for whom I didn’t know anything and I got enchanted to find out. The historical time and how was to live traveling in 16th century Emilia Romagna (the first night in the tavern for Sophia, Good Lord, poor girl!), all the details that author put (and for me were enjoyable as cherries on a fresh Black Forest Cake) make me love this novel. Mystery, murder, lavdanum, dark characters and lovely persons, all these in an Italian Renaissance package were much more than I would wish for. Realistic and at the same time lyrical; full of historical details which enrich reading it from start to the surprising nice end. It is a story that you love or not. I love it and I wait for her next one.

  • Tracy
    2019-03-22 01:31

    The Girl with the Painted Face is set in Modena, Italy, 1582. Where a young orphaned seamstress, Sofia, is falsely accused of stealing from a client. She's quite an innocent but thankfully is taken under the wing of a troupe of travelling actors, called the Corraggiosi, and finds herself falling for one of the group's most talented performers, Beppe Bianchi. At the heart of this novel is a charming story of first love and sexual awakening. I found Beppe and Sofia's developing attraction, and friendship, engaging and believable. Unfortunately, Sofia's beauty attracts the unwelcome attentions of an aristocratic bully. His murder is immediately blamed on Sofia, and she is arrested by the local militia. The actors seek to prove Sofia's innocence and we soon discover there are quite a few suspects ...This is an excellent mix of romance and murder mystery, enhanced by the wonderful setting of Renaissance Italy evoked, as always, with genuine love by Gabrielle. I'm a history fan and really enjoyed learning about the actors and all their traditions. The Commedia dell’Arte is a form of theatre I'd never heard of before but now intrigues me. If I have to air any grumble it would be that I wanted to spend more time with the actors, a delightful mix of characters - so maybe there is material for a sequel here, please Gabrielle ...

  • Bookmuseuk
    2019-02-27 01:47

    Set in 1582 in Italy, The Girl with the Painted Face tells the story of the young seamstress, Sofia Genotti – a vulnerable, sensitive and heart-warming heroine who has must go on the run after being falsely accused of theft. Sofia joins a troupe of travelling actors as their costume mistress, but is soon appearing on the stage as a budding actress. When she falls in love with fellow actor, Beppe, life seems finally to be treating her well, until Sofia is wrongly accused of murder and forced, once more, to run away. Through her scrupulous research and vivid descriptions, the author has woven an historical tale that is both entertaining and educational. 16th century Italy and the world of the Commedia dell'Arte is vividly brought to life, the reader almost able to see and smell the countryside, the crowded taverns, the lively marketplaces, and the colourful characters, some of whom have very dark and dangerous sides. I found The Girl with the Painted Face a nice, simple read; a cosy mystery with no great surprises or plot twists and turns. I would recommend this as an easy read for historical fiction lovers who enjoy tales of adventure, romance and a whodunnit in the storyline.

  • John
    2019-03-14 22:19

    I was asked to read The Girl with the Painted Face as part of an award judging. Happily, I really enjoyed it and was happy to put it forward - even though it wasn't among the eventual winners.Its a good, strong page-turner set in the world of a group of travelling players in Italy, as part of the Commedia Del Arte tradition.This is the first book I've read of this authors, and the first for many years set in the Commedia del Arte. Think "Scaramouche" without the French Revolution.A strong romantic thread, with the main protagonists, Sofia and Beppe both well drawn characters, and a rambunctious tale of deceit, crime, murder and jealousy set in Italy at its most anarchic.I'll be reading more of Gabrielle's work.

  • Martin Turner
    2019-02-25 00:39

    An historical novel set in the late 16th Century, this story revolves around a travelling troupe of players who get embroiled in blackmail, jealousy and murder. This is beautifully described throughout in great detail so it is not hard for the reader to picture themselves in the scene and see the various characters exactly as they are portrayed. I thought this started really well and had a real "hook" to it. For me, it dipped a bit in the middle with all the luvvy-duvvy stuff, but a really great story which has you guessing as to who the perpetrator of the murder is right to the end. Really enjoyable.

  • Laura
    2019-03-13 03:23

    Set in Italy in the late 1500s, "The Girl With the Painted Face" follows Sofia, a young woman on the run after being falsely accuse of stealing. Sofia falls in with a band of travelling actors where she falls for the lovely Beppe. However, it's not all 'peaches and cream' for the couple and things take a rather unfortunate turn (which I won't ruin here). This is a great story with plenty of mystery, adventure and romance! I loved the camaraderie between the group of actors - their kindness and loyalty to each other was lovely to read about.

  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    2019-03-20 03:46

    DNF.I stopped reading at p. 270. It's not that it was bad, there was several good qualities I found. It just failed to hold my interest and I found myself skipping pages, which is not something I like to do when reading. I may pick it up again later and give it another shot, but for now it's going on hold.

  • P.D.R. Lindsay
    2019-03-07 04:45

    This is a nice simple read. A straight forward historical novel without political nasties and twists and counter twists. Set in Italy in 1582, this is about Sofia who has to run away and becomes an actress in a Commedia dell Arte troup. There is a murder mystery to solve too.An easy read for historical lovers and thise who like a romantic tale.

  • Karen Clifford
    2019-02-26 23:47

    I won "The Girl With The Painted Face" in a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed it, not the usual thing I would read but I liked it more than I expected. Would read one of this author's books again. She is very skilled at getting you involved with the characters and painting a picture of their situations.

  • Kara
    2019-03-04 22:20

    It's not my thing, I won't lie. However about half way through the book I really managed to get into it. It did take a while but I think that was more because it's not my normal sort of book and so I was trying to get into it.It was a decent read. A little predictable but not too bad.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-18 21:24

    Page Turner.

  • Beccastyles
    2019-03-26 23:17

    didnt enjoy this, but the authors other two books i had enjoyed

  • Roda Mohamed
    2019-03-15 03:24

    2.5 starsIt was quite predictable and slow building up. The romance wasn't very well developed but I enjoyed the ending to a certain degree.

  • Bethan
    2019-02-24 22:25

    I found it boring. Sad to say so.