The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.
Powerful book - It's the story of a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon that meet on a ship on their way to Africa. Then end up working together at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This leads to a relationship that results in the birth of twins, which leads to even more drama.