REVIEW – Secrets of the Tower by Debbie Rix

the tower


Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created.

Pisa, 1999
Sam Campbell sits by her husband’s hospital bed. Far from home and her children, she must care for Michael who is recovering from a stroke. A man she loves deeply. A man who has been unfaithful to her.

Alone and in need of distraction, Sam decides to pick up Michael’s research into the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Immersing herself in the ancient city, she begins to piece together the mystery behind the creation of the tower, and discovers the woman who history forgot…

Pisa, 1171
Berta di Bernardo, the wife of a rich merchant, sits in her chamber, dressing for a dinner party. A gathering that will change the course of her life and a young master mason, Gerardo, forever.

A strong, intelligent woman, Berta’s passion for architecture also draws her closer to Gerardo. As she embarks on a love affair, her maid Aurelia also becomes spellbound by the same man. Yet for Berta, her heart’s desire is to see the Tower built, and her determination knows no bound

My Review 

Firstly Thank you Bookouture  for the copy for an honest review

I loved this story which goes into the mystery of who designed the Leaning tower of Pisa. I am totally in awe of Rix and  how much historical research has clearly gone into this novel .

I could place myself right there throughout the whole novel as I have been lucky enough to visit Pisa myself 3 years ago


My favorite part was the Berta, Aurelia and Gerardo’s story and love triangle. The Novel went back and forth smoothly and captured both time periods nicely.

I will say that I wanted more from the Michael and Sam storyline the ending was a bit flat for me. But it certainly did not ruin the novel for me.

Over all this was a fabulous and inspiring read.

4 of 5 stars

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