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Marcia Brownlow, a young, unemployed American governess in late nineteenth century Italy, masquerades as a man to advance her career.
She adopts the persona of her dead brother Mark and becomes the protogee of Arthur Wolcott, a famous American expatriate author who discovers Marcia‘s artistic talent. Wolcott introduces his protogee to wealthy art patrons in Florence, Venice, Paris, and London, including three women who, deceived as to Marcia’s sex, fall in love with the captivating artist.
Marcia emulates her idol, the great English landscape artist William Turner. As she develops her skills, James Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and Sir Frederic Leighton, the leader of the London art establishment, praise her paintings of Florence and Venice. However, on the eve of her greatest triumph, Marcia‘s first love returns to threaten her with exposure and scandal.
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Courage Between Love and Death
Elspeth has recently landed a nursing position at the 1901 Pan American Exposition Hospital in Buffalo, New York. This is a big boon for her, but things are not going as expected. She has to navigate mischievous patients, egotistical doctors, rival nurses and prejudices. For an Irish girl with a temper, this is no easy feat. Now President McKinley is coming to visit the Expo and everyone is in an uproar. On the home front, her life is no less hectic as she struggles to put food on the table and look out for her younger siblings.
When the unthinkable happens, it is a turnings point, not only for the medical industry and our country’s security, but also for Elspeth personally. With her career and reputation on the line, will she have the courage to overcome the challenges she faces to clear her name and continue to be there for the ones she loves?