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  1. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToocomThe Italian Renaissance brings to mind beautiful images paintings and sculptures glorious and expensive brocades string uartets in the garden; a rich texture of life indeed But it was also a time of great strife and cruelty the likes of which we could never imagine in this day and age Sprinkled throughout with Italian words and phrases PRIMAVERA dips the reader into the Renaissance period Flora the youngest daughter of the Pazzi strives to find beauty and normalcy in a life that is anything but Scorned by her own mother she lives as little than a servant while her older sister Domenicia is primped plucked painted by the famed Botticelli and otherwise prepared for the wedding that will join the Pazzi to the Medici As Flora contemplates her mother's plan for her future life in a convent a member of her father's guard arrives with a missive from the Pope himself The guard Emilio hangs around and becomes the friend and companion that Flora has never had When Emilio and Nonna the grandmother who's raised and protected her convince her to train with the guard Flora finds strength that carries her through the difficult months to come PRIMAVERA is a captivating read I found myself rooting for Flora and Emilio Ms Beaufrand painted her characters so realistically that I felt their pain their fear their guilt and yes even their joy True to great historical fiction the author did not flinch when she described some of the tragedies that befell her characters Be warned that some of the scenes are uite graphic and not for the faint of heart Yet I hesitate to limit this book to those only in 9th grade and up If you know nothing about this time period yet enjoy historical fiction you will love this well written novel If you are a fan of the Renaissance you will revel in all of the historical details Ms Beaufrand has so expertly shown


  2. Amy Amy says:

    The author takes far too many liberties with history to the point where the story becomes a sham Even though it is fiction Primavera masuerades as something else a shame since the concept has so much potential In addition to the blatant historical inaccuracies Beaufrand's grisly descriptions of events that never happened turned my stomach making me wonder who she thought she was writing this book for and than that why? The amount of gore was self indulgent to say the least and I can't imagine recommending this book to my junior high students In addition I never felt the characters truly engaged me Though there were moments that seemed promising I felt Beaufrand consistently cut them short – often heading in a different and confusing direction The ending offered no redemption dumping the characters off at a random stopping point but never uite telling them how they got there I was disappointed that Beaufrand did not take the opportunity to accurately portray the events of the Pazzi Conspiracy and assumed that her audience wouldn’t notice


  3. Paul Paul says:

    I read this to teach it with a Renaissance study in Grade 8 Humanities It fits into that time period very well with many connections to art politics and life in Florence The reading level worked well for grade 8 and both male and female students seemed to get into it The protagonist is female but is a tomboy fighter and the book contains uite a bit of action intrigue and tragedy


  4. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This is a great adventurehistorical fiction set in Medici Italy A strong femal lead some gruesome parts and good histroical details as well as a strong story make this a guick and engaging read Lots of art history but not in a textbook type way as well


  5. Cana Rensberger Cana Rensberger says:

    The Italian Renaissance brings to mind beautiful images paintings and sculptures glorious and expensive brocades string uartets in the garden a rich texture of life indeed But it was also a time of great strife and cruelty the likes of which we could never imagine in this day and age Sprinkled throughout with Italian words and phrases PRIMAVERA dips the reader into the renaissance periodFlora the youngest daughter of the Pazzi strives to find beauty and normalcy in a life that is anything but Scorned by her own mother she lives as little than a servant while her older sister Domenicia is primped plucked painted by the famed Botticelli and otherwise prepared for the wedding that will join the Pazzi to the MediciAs Flora contemplates her mother’s plan for her future life in a convent a member of her father’s guard arrives with a missive from the Pope himself The guard Emilio hangs around and becomes the friend and companion that Flora has never had When Emilio and Nonna the grandmother who’s raised and protected her convince her to train with the guard Flora finds strength that carries her through the difficult months to comePRIMAVERA is a captivating read I found myself rooting for Flora and Emilio Ms Beaufrand painted her characters so realistically that I felt their pain their fear their guilt and yes even their joy True to great historical fiction the author did not flinch when she described some of the tragedies that befell her characters Be warned that some of the scenes are uite graphic and not for the faint of heart Yet I hesitate to limit this book to those only 9th grade and up If you know nothing about this time period yet enjoy historical fiction; you will love this well written novel If you are a fan of the renaissance you will revel in all of the historical details Ms Beaufrand has so expertly shown


  6. Kellyn Kellyn says:

    Material fortunes and political power waxed and waned during Renaissance; the de Medici family however wielded power in Florence for generations Primavera recounts one serious threat to their influence in the 1470s The youngest daughter of Jacopo Pazzi Lorenza known as Flora plots her escape from her family’s home before she is transported to a convent Too plain to make a political marriage Flora is overlooked and benignly neglected by all in her family except her paternal grandmother Nonna and her brother Andrea Flora’s parents hope to consolidate their power by marrying their beautiful daughter Domenica to Giuliano de Medici As part of their scheme they hire Botticelli to paint Domenica and give the painting to the de Medicis If this plan does not work Jacopo Pazzi has aligned himself with Pope Sixtus IV and expects the pope to send troops to his aid Unfortunately the Pazzis plans fail and the family cruelly destroyed Flora barely escapes and spends four years disguised as a male apprentice to the silversmith in Florence In this first novel Beaufrand captures the intrigue brutality and beauty of Florence In Flora she creates an energetic smart teen heroine who faces the conseuences of her choices and survives in spite of great personal cost Flora chooses to care about her life and family even when all is lost She demonstrates unfailing courage amidst self doubt and fear This is a wonder of a book that combines detailed historical information with an exciting page turning adventure story


  7. Jan Jan says:

    The Italian Renaissance two powerful families the Medici and the Pazzi are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power Caught in the whirlwind is Flora the last daughter of the Pazzi As her beautiful older sister is being painted by famed artist Botticelli Flora is dreading her fate Destined for life in a convent Flora decides to run away having no idea that that step will save her life As her family falls Flora must find a new life and a new identityInspired by actual events Primavera is a dazzling coming of age story Historical art references to Boticelli and his famous painting Primavera are madeLazy of me to uote the press release here at Goodreads but take note that I liked this book And liked it even because of my admiration for my sometimes co worker at University Book Store Mary Jane Beaufrand MJ you rock


  8. Libby Ames Libby Ames says:

    In Renaissance Italy at the height of Medici power Flora is the youngest and least valued daughter of the Pazzi household She watches as her family struggles to gain eual status with one of history’s most powerful merchant families Ignored by her family Flora manages to cultivate friendships with the famous artist Botticelli and Guiliano de Medici As Flora’s family falls from power Flora finds her own strength and place in the worldPrimavera introduces strong and interesting characters while revealing an interesting time in world history Flora’s story is historical fiction but tells of real people and events along with the fiction The story is entertaining while teaching about the culture and history of the Italian Renaissance the Medici family and the art of Botticelli


  9. May May says:

    I wasn't uite expecting the story or the heroine to turn out like it did The heroine Flora is a plain sort of sullen girl She has few manners and little use for delicacies despite the fact she's a noble girl She is however an unwanted last child of the noble family At time she alternates between not caring about her parents hating her and caring too much The narrative is plain with no fancy turn of phrases or prose which is sort of refreshing It works well with the story as Flora is the one narrating it It's interesting to see how she copes with what happens to her family which is not uite what I was expecting The story's not a masterpiece but it is a refreshing change from prose like narration and delicate heroines


  10. Cindi Cindi says:

    This book is a historical fiction novel based in Renaissance Italy I really enjoyed the story especially once I realized that it was indeed historically based Botticelli Pazzi vs Medici clash I'm not sure if I just wasn't paying enough attention but I was confused at first and had to keep flipping back to make sense of what was going on That didn't bother me so much and I really enjoyed this book In my opinion I would have liked it to be a bit longer for development and detail but it was a good read Oohhh I almost forgot There is a measure of strong violence and gore in this book


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Primavera ❰Read❯ ➬ Primavera Author Mary Jane Beaufrand – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Italian Renaissance was a cultural explosion of art architecture and learning but it had a darker side Two powerful families the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals the Pazzi are tangled in The Italian Renaissance was a cultural explosion of art architecture and learning but it had a darker side Two powerful families the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals the Pazzi are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power Caught in the whirlwind is Flora the last daughter of the Pazzi As her beautiful older sister is being painted by the famed artist Botticelli Flora is dreading her fate Destined for life in a convent Flora is determined to take matters into her own hands even as her world crumbles around her When Flora decides runs away she has no idea that the decision will save her life As her family falls to their murderous enemy Flora must find a new life and a new identityInspired by actual events Primavera is a dazzling coming of age story set during a time of beauty and wealth ambition rivalry and brutality Historical art references to Boticelli and his famous painting Primavera give this book an appeal similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring.

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Primavera
  • Mary Jane Beaufrand
  • English
  • 14 November 2016
  • 9780316016445

About the Author: Mary Jane Beaufrand

Mary Jane Beaufrand lives in Seattle WA with her husband two children and a stubborn basset hound She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.