The Girl from Oto
by Amy Maroney
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 532 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: The Miramonde Series, Book 1
A Renaissance-era woman artist and an American scholar. Linked by a 500-year-old mystery…
The secrets of the past are irresistible—and dangerous.
1500: Born during a time wracked by war and plague, Renaissance-era artist Mira grows up in a Pyrenees convent believing she is an orphan. When tragedy strikes, Mira learns the devastating truth about her own origins. But does she have the strength to face those who would destroy her?
2015: Centuries later, art scholar Zari unearths traces of a mysterious young woman named Mira in two 16th-century portraits. Obsessed, Zari tracks Mira through the great cities of Europe to the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago—and is stunned by what she finds. Will her discovery be enough to bring Mira’s story to life?
Praise for The Girl from Oto
“I loved the lush descriptions and the hard-nosed female characters who find a way to get what they want in a man’s world. An exquisite novel.” -Martha Conway, winner of the North American Book Award for Thieving Forest
“An absorbing debut novel. I couldn’t put it down.” -Deborah Swift, author of The Gilded Lily
“A rich and intriguing evocation of the fifteenth century is interwoven with an emotionally satisfying mystery in the present day.” -Emma Darwin, author of A Secret Alchemy
“A powerful story and an intriguing mystery. A Red Ribbon winner and highly recommended.” -The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, U.K.
“From the very beginning I was enthralled with Mira, Zari, and their entwined journeys through history and the world of art. As a curator and art historian, it’s a rare treat for me to find a novel that so lovingly reflects our joys and challenges. The Girl from Oto delivers–and I can’t wait to spend more time with Mira.” -Jennifer Dasal, host of the ArtCurious podcast
The Miramonde Series
About the Author
Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She studied English literature at Boston University and public policy at Portland State University, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction. When she’s not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, painting, drawing, dancing and reading. The Girl from Oto and Mira’s Way are books 1 & 2 in The Miramonde Series.
For a free prelude to The Girl from Oto, for the full scoop on the research behind the book, and for news about the sequel, please visit www.amymaroney.com.
Coffee and Ink’s Review
This splendid, multi-timeline novel is engrossing and had me in tears at the conclusion. I can only hope Zari is going to keep on with her search for more details about Mira and Arnaud and the life they shared, and we’ll be a part of it.
My favorite things–art, the mortuary roll, the Way, the landscape, the secret child, and the mountain woman Elena. The masterful weave of the stories, the immersion into the artist Mira’s process as she learns to paint, learns to trust herself.
In the present, art historian Zari is on the trail of an artist believed to be someone else, and she wants to find this artist and reveal her and her life to the world.
Mira is secreted away, the only female Oto to survive in generations, to a convent where she is much loved. Friends outside the convent, Elena and Arnaud, come and go in her life with the seasons, but she learns much from them also. So much so, she wants to leave the convent life, to see the world beyond the walls.
Meanwhile, her evil father and his equally evil faithful retainer are teaching darker skills to Mira’s twin brother, keeping her mother hostage, and terrifying both the servants and their enemies in battle. When Ramon learns his daughter still lives, his anger and revenge sweep through the story like a wildfire.
The story takes place in sun-drenched valleys and winter-whipped mountains, with the star-filled sky pointing toward the Way and to the sea. The story is far more complicated than I can reveal. Brilliant writing and seamless research—I’ve been walking around with this story in my head for a few days now. I’m very much looking forward to the sequel!!
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, March 11
Review & Interview at Passages to the Past
Thursday, March 14
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Saturday, March 16
Feature at Broken Teepee
Sunday, March 17
Interview at T’s Stuff
Tuesday, March 19
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, March 20
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, March 21
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads
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