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Waiting on Wednesday: The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Blind Contessa's New Machine
Title: The Blind Contessa's New Machine
Author: Carey Wallace
Publication Date: July 8, 2010
Synopsis from Penguin:
An iridescent jewel of a novel that proves love is the mother of invention.

In the early 1800s, a young Italian contessa, Carolina Fantoni, realizes she is going blind shortly before she marries the town's most sought-after bachelor. Her parents don't believe her, nor does her fiancé. The only one who understands is the eccentric local inventor and her longtime companion, Turri. When her eyesight dims forever, Carolina can no longer see her beloved lake or the rich hues of her own dresses. But as darkness erases her world, she discovers one place she can still see--in her dreams. Carolina creates a vivid dreaming life, in which she can not only see, but also fly, exploring lands she had never known.

Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri invents a peculiar machine for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will change both of their lives forever.

Based on the true story of a nineteenth-century inventor and his innovative contraption, The Blind Contessa's New Machine is an enchanting confection of love and the triumph of the imagination.

I mentioned in yesterday's post that Sarah Addison Allen had recommended this to us at her book launch. I love Addison Allen's work, so if she likes this, I'm willing to give it a try!

What are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Jennifer G.


  1. This book has the feel of an Eva Ibbotson romance and I am definitely going to look forward to this book.

  2. OMG...this cover is so very lovely.

  3. This sounds like a beautiful story, and just from the summary that it will be written with vivid details and lovely prose. Great pick.

  4. I'm so intrigued by this one...and I love that it came recommended by a great author. It's going on my list!

  5. Oh my goodness. This sounds lovely! Adding it to the wishlist.

  6. What a fabulous cover and a captivating story...definitely something to put on the list.

    Mine is here:

  7. I love this book already. Can't wait to read. Have added to my wish list.
    Thanks for the beautiful review.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  8. Awww, this one looks so interesting! Thanks so much for sharing, I hadn't heard of it before.

  9. Sounds like a very moving love story. Just reading this summary makes me want to learn more about Pellegrino Turri. Thanks for sharing this WoW!

  10. That's such a pretty cover! Probably one of the best I've seen lately. Great pick. Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.


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