Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Time of Angels by Patricia Schonstein

Primo Verona is born with a gift of clairvoyance so strong that he is able to predict his own mother's death while still in her womb. Brought up on a rich diet of astronomy, philosophy, and storytelling, Primo accurately reads the futures of the local community who pay him in honey cake, tiramisu, and other delicacies. Pasquale Benvenuto is the owner of a beloved wine bar and delicatessen whose culinary reputation rests on recipes for the fruited breads and salamis his father taught him to make.

Together Primo and Pasquale form an easy friendship triangle with the beautiful Beatrice, Primo's wife and Pasquale's former girlfriend. But when Beatrice leaves her husband for her old love, Primo is devastated. He casts spells to spoil Pasquale's creations and to win back Beatrice -- but inadvertently conjures up an unexpected visitor.

So this is most definitely on my top 10 list of bizarre, unexplainable, how-did-you-get-paid-to-publish-this list of books. Seriously. I totally did not get this plot, although it's fairly nicely written but there's plenty of additional detail that just makes zero sense (not least of all the "unexpected visitor", the angel Lucifer). Oh, and the gift of clairvoyance barely rears it's head thruout the story either. Hello? So yeah, I really can't say (even after reading this) what on earth it was actually about. If you've read it and you have a clue, then please, please let me know!


Tamara said...

Hmmm... think I'll give this one a miss.

I have a prob... One of my closest friends has gone and scheduled her birthday lunch for Sunday, at the same time as Bloggirls. The nasty wench. She leaves on Monday for a few weeks away, and it's the only time I'll get to see her for her birthday, so I'm hoping you'll be ok with it if I don't make it to Bloggirls this month. I know the list closed on Mon, but Baker Lady only SMSed me last night.

Grrr... so bleak. Maybe I can pop across a little later, if you're all still at Cool Runnings.

Sweets said...

ok so i won't be buying that book! LOL

AngelConradie said...

i'm coming to play catch-up later, but i tagged you in the meantime!

phillygirl said...

@tamara - no worries, there'll be another next month ;) And to be honest I actually haven't got round to booking yet!

@sweets - a very wise decision ;)

phillygirl said...

@angel - yes, just caught up myself and saw that ... but sadly I'm not a fan of 'The Meme' :)

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