my take: oooh, this is a lovely little book. little in your hand, but big in your experience.
this historical fiction is a delightful wander through Italian woods and gardens, a lakeside cottage and a villa inhabited by an interesting cast of characters. a bit of intrigue, a bit of magic, a bit of invention. a bit of love and lust.
i thought the book was bold in a quiet way. something completely different from anything i've read and for me a tremendous new author to follow. i very much enjoyed this small novel based on the creation of the first typewriter.
my source: Festival of Faith and Writing
(okay, i have to admit i did gush a little to carey wallace at the FFW ... and told her i'd blogged about her book and then realized i'd only drafted a post ... not actually posted. there are about a million things to like about her ... and number one is she grew up in Michigan. i really hope she's working on another novel.)
my verdict: yes! read this.