In the Stacks Episode 62: Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

A video book review of Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant. Purchase the book on Bookshop here, and on Amazon here.

"In 1570 Italy, families who didn’t have the money to marry off more than one daughter often elected to place the others in a convent. The admission was half the cost of a bridal dowry, and the young woman would be locked safely away.

"Serafina is one of these girls, too smart and willful for her own good. She suffers acutely from what she assumes will be a complete loss of freedom, with even more restrictions than marriage to a man. Serafina thinks the music teacher she loves will come save her as he promised. When she hears singing outside the convent walls, she dares to hope." -- Michelle Z. from In the

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