A mesmerizing novel of Renaissance Europe.
She followed her heart. But at what cost?
France, 1450. Sophie, the spoiled favorite child of a wealthy merchant, secures a love match with Cédric, a dashing noble-born falconer. But their isolated life in the mountains is not what she'd imagined. When Cédric is offered a job with the mighty Knights Hospitaller on the Greek island of Rhodes, Sophie jumps at the chance to improve their fortunes.
She quickly realizes their dazzling new home has a dark side. Slaves toil to fortify the island's massive stone walls, and rumors of a coming attack by the Ottoman Turks swirl in the streets. Desperate to keep their family safe, Sophie secretly engineers a bold escape plan. Meanwhile, Cédric falls afoul of powerful locals as he struggles to gain favor with the knights.
As the trust between them frays, enemies close in. When disaster strikes the island, the dangers of their new world become terrifyingly real. Will Sophie find the strength to protect those she loves before it's too late?
With this richly-told story of adventure, treachery, and the redeeming power of love, Amy Maroney brings a captivating and forgotten world to vivid life.
"Island of Gold is a nimbly told story with impeccable pacing."
-Editor's Choice Review, Historical Novel Society
Amy Maroney is the author of the award-winning Miramonde Series, the story of a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern day scholar on her trail.
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