Author Joanne Lewis’ The Lantern: A Renaissance Mystery chronicles the story of two girls, one from modern-day Miami and another from 15th century Florence, which spans two continents and five hundred years. The story takes readers on a whirlwind journey across time and space. Along the way, they are joined by some familiar figures, including members of the Medici, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Donatello.
In Miami, Filippa George is released from prison and faces a choice: should she return to her abusive boyfriend or should she pursue her grandfather’s dream and go to Florence to find the girl who dared to compete to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi’s dome? Personal setbacks make it difficult for her to travel to Florence. However, it soon becomes clear to her that it is more important than ever that she pursues her grandfather’s dream and that she do it quickly.
The novel’s other heroine, Dolce, is the mysterious fifteenth century girl who Filippa seeks. Despite many obstacles, Dolce is determined to become an architect like Brunelleschi and enters the contest to design the lantern on top of Brunelleschi’s dome.
This compelling novel has already received notable praise. The New York Times best-selling author of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ross King, calls The Lantern a “delightful and imaginative fable of hope, redemption, and rebirth” and the author of The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance, Paul Robert Walker, calls The Lantern an “entertaining, provocative tale of dreams pursued, told with humanity and passion.” The Lantern won first place at the Royal Palm Literary Awards in the category of historical fiction. Readers will, undoubtedly, find the story of Dolce and Filippa compelling.
Joanne Lewis is an attorney and author who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a lawyer, she is a family mediator and guardian ad litem who represents the best interests of children. As a writer, she creates character driven novels and has a special interest in mysteries and historical fiction.
When not working as an attorney, Joanne is writing. She is the co-author of the award winning novel Wicked Good, which tells the story of a boy with Asperger’s syndrome who searches for his birth parents. Joanne used her experience as a former prosecutor to bring Make Your Own Luck: a Remy Summer Woods Mystery to life.