Friday Finds hosted by Should Be Reading asks us to share what great books we heard about or discovered in the past week. I haven’t done a Friday Finds in ages because of the blog being so busy but when it isn’t I really love to showcase a book I want to read.
This past week I was contacted by an author, Grace Conti, to read her new book Through an Icon’s Eyes. As I normally do I headed over to Amazon to check it out and it sounds fantastic so, of course I wanted to read it. As I neared the end the author had a note that all proceeds from the sale of her eBook (Kindle – US, UK, Germany) was to go to Breast Cancer Research. All who read my blog know how passionate I am about this issue – I’ve lost many family members including my favorite auntie and one of my best friends to breast cancer. So what did I do? Well I zipped to the top of the page and bought the eBook to do my little part as well. What I’m hoping this week is that those of you with Kindles will go and buy Grace’s eBook, not only to read a good book (my review will be coming soon) but to support breast cancer research – something that is very near to many of us unfortunately…
About Through an Icon’s Eyes by Grace Conti
Set in 1440s London, Italy and Greece against a turbulent political background enflamed by religious divisions, the unfolding narrative of Benedict Paston and Annie Carter’s relationship encompass memories of heresy, murder, loss and betrayal.
Benedict an erstwhile sundial maker, is lost to the world. His self-imposed exile, both emotional and physical, in a remote Greek monastery is relieved only by the task of painting an icon under the monks’ instruction. Their hope: to save his tortured soul. As the hours of devotion mark the progress of one day in his monastic cell, an escape from Benedict’s self-destructive isolation is brokered by the image of Mary Magdalene, guiding him back to his previous life and a new understanding of the events that have led him to Greece.
Annie, a young widow beset by visions and facing death, finds that she too has an unusual guide and confessor as the light and shadows mark the progress of an English day in a very different cell …..
Ok, this sounds really good, doesn’t it? This novel is definitely one that appeals to me and I hope to start it this weekend. Anyhow, again I hope that you too will help to support this author, not only for her writing, but also her generosity in donating the proceeds from her book, Through an Icon’s Eyes, to such a worthwhile cause. Thanks everyone!