Sunday 11 September 2022

Book Review: The Brightest Star by Emma Harcourt

The Brightest Star
Emma Harcourt 
It's a dangerous time to be a clever woman.
Imprint: HQ Fiction
Publication date: 6th July 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages:  386

RRP: $32.99AUD
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
My review of The Brightest Star
I was expecting this story to be about Luna's battle to be accepted as a woman of knowledge, and this was partly the story, but it was more about the politics of Venice in the 15th Century and the suppression of women. 
Set in Renaissance Florence, a time when the judgement of others ruled everyday moments, The Brightest Star is rich in political intrigue as the governance of Florence comes under question.
Emma Harcourt's writing is beautiful to read and I had so many magnificent quotes highlighted throughout the book, however the subject matter didn't hold my interest. I found myself more invested in the lives of the country folk, and their preparations for the coming winter, than the politics of the time.
Harcourt's writing evokes a powerful sense of time and place and I am certain The Brightest Star will be enjoyed by many Historical Fiction fans.
My rating 3 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐


About the author

Emma Harcourt has worked as a journalist for over 25 years, in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. In 2011, she completed the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course and The Shanghai Wife was borne. The Brightest Star is her second novel. Emma lives in Sydney with her two daughters.


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