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Author M. A. McLaughlin “The Lost Dresses of Italy”

March 21 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a special in-person event featuring SW Florida author M. A. McLaughlin at Copperfish Books as she presents her latest book, The Lost Dresses of Italy , set to be published on February 6th.

The novel is a dual narrative of two creative women: 19th-century poet, Christina Rossetti, and a 20th century fashion curator who lives intertwine around a century-old conspiracy in Verona, Italy. “History, mystery, and fashion blend in this alluring novel.” – Kirkus Review

Copies of the book will be available on Feburary 6 and at the event.

About the Book
In this rich, atmospheric historical novel, perfect for fans of Brenda Janowitz and Adriana Trigiani, two stories of love and deceit intertwine nearly a hundred years apart in Verona, Italy.
Verona, 1947. Textile historian Marianne Baxter comes to post-war Italy with one thing on her mind: three pristine Victorian dresses, once owned by the famous poet Christina Rossetti. Hidden away in a trunk for nearly a century, they were recently discovered at the Fondazione Museo Menigatti and Marianne’s expertise is needed before they go on exhibit. Still grieving the loss of her husband, the trip is also a reason for Marianne to start over. But when she arrives, she discovers an unsupportive but handsome museum owner, a superstitious local community, and a mysterious letter with a scribbled warning hidden among the dresses.

Verona, 1864. Christina Rossetti returns to her family’s homeland in hopes of leaving her unfulfilled personal life and poetry career in England and beginning a new chapter. After a chance encounter with an old family friend, she finds a gift her father once gave her: a small ornate box with the three Muses carved into the lid. When she stumbles across a secret compartment, Christina finds a letter from her father with an urgent and personal request.

The letter, speaking of a pendant and stolen book that must be returned, connects Marianne and Christina–and leaves them both with more questions than answers. Inspired by the real-life mysteries surrounding poet Christina Rossetti, The Lost Dresses transports readers to Verona with the enchantment and intrigue of Italian art and fashion.

About the Author
M. A. McLaughlin is an award-winning, multi-published author, including her historical mystery trilogy set around the Byron/Shelley circle in nineteenth-century Italy, which earned starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly , as well as a gold medal for historical fiction in the Florida Writers Association’s Literary Palm Award. She completed her M.Phil. at the University of York (England) and teaches nineteenth-century British literature, composition, and fiction writing at Florida Southwestern State College. She has also given numerous workshops in the U.S. and abroad on all aspects of creating/publishing a novel, and is a member of The Byron Society, Historical Novel Society, Florida Writers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

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March 21
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