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The Sixteen Pleasures
The Sixteen Pleasures | Robert Hellenga
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Margot Harrington, an American volunteer in Florence, is an expert at book conservancy. While struggling to save a waterlogged convent library, she comes across a fabulous volume of sixteen erotic drawings by Giulio Romano, accompanying sixteen steamy sonnets by Pietro Aretino. When first published over four centuries ago, the Vatican ordered all copies destroyed. This onenow uniquevolume has survived. The abbess prevails upon Margot to save the orders finances by selling the magnificently illustrated erotica discreetlymeaning without the bishops knowledge. Margots other clandestine project is a middle-aged Italian who is boldly attempting radical measures to save endangered frescoes. She is 29 and available; he, older and married. He shares her sense of mission and soon her bed in this daring story of spiritual longing and earthly desire. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryCin
The Sixteen Pleasures | Robert Hellenga
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Mehso-so

This was ok. I found the book conservation parts of it interesting, but I really didn‘t like Margot, nor any of the other characters, except for the nuns. It was a bit difficult to figure out right at the start, as it flipped back and forth in time and was a bit hard to tell where we were (in time), but that didn‘t last long. It was pretty slow-moving, but it was ok. An author's note would have been nice.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
The Sixteen Pleasures | Robert Hellenga
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My #NovemberByTheNumbers pick for Nov 16th. And also a bit of a #TBT here... I picked this book up on a sale pile at a Sam‘s Club I don‘t know how many years ago (MANY) and it‘s still sitting on my bookshelf unread. Maybe I need to read it or pass it on to someone else who will.🙄

jpmcwisemorgan I‘m doing this with books I‘ve owned for awhile. If I haven‘t read it, I need to let it go to make room for books I will read. Tastes change and sometimes I buy books that sound good in the moment but when I look at them later they still sound good but just not for me at the moment. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @jpmcwisemorgan I need to go through these shelves again soon, before the next library sale comes up in January and purge some. 2y
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