"Life in 17th century Rome is difficult for a beautiful and exceptionally talented girl talented girl is difficult for a beautiful and exceptionally talented girl, especially one born to a humble family...What follows is a series of intrigues and dangerous encounters as Angelica seeks to chart her own course among powerful, opposing factions...The novel is genuinely gripping....will ring true with today's young readers."
-- Harcourt Publishers
"Carol Dines has penned an elegant work of historical fiction that will move young adult readers...."
-- Book Loons, Canada, 2006
"...plenty of amour and peril to keep the pages turning. It's hard to resist a girl up to her golden throat in intrigue, and YAs looking for offbeat historical fiction should be engrossed. " -- School Library Journal, 2006
"There are rich details of food, dress, manners and habits overlaid with much political intrigue, and nearly all the characters, including the composer ArcAngelo Corelli, are historical figures...Riveting in both action and description."
-- Kirkus, 2006