The Annunciation
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The Annunciation
Published:
6/28/2014
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
246
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-49084-030-7
Print Type:
B/W

“At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.”

- Mark 10:6-9

In Bucharest during the mid 1990s, a secret radical group, the Piagnoni, prepare a surrogate to assassinate Pope John Paul II. In Florence, Italy, a group of religious students from Detroit have joined an Art Restoration Fellowship at San Marco convent to study and assist in the restoration of frescos by the famous painter Fra Angelico. Two young students in the fellowship, seminarian Finn McNelis and Felician sister Olivia Gianetti, fall in love, testing the commitment they made to their Catholic faith. Meanwhile, their most-liked professor worries about new evidence linking Leonardo da Vinci to the discredited Savaronola, a fanatical fifteenth century friar revered by the Piagnoni. When Pope John Paul ll visits the San Marco convent to view the newly restored Fra Angelico frescos, Finn heroically thwarts the assassination attempt. The Vatican rewards him with an attractive position, forcing him to make life-altering decisions.

“Good novels move, entertain, and teach us something about ourselves and the world. Ron Teachworth’s The Annunciation gives us all that in spades.”

- Kimberly Kafka, author

The Annunciation begins in Bucharest during the mid 1990’s. The secret, radical and conservative group, the Piagnoni, prepare their surrogate to assassinate Pope John Paul II. In Florence, Italy, a group of religious students from Detroit have joined an Art Restoration Fellowship at San Marco convent, studying and assisting in the restoration of frescos by the famous painter Fra Angelico.

Two young students in the fellowship, seminarian Finn McNelis and Felician sister Olivia Gianetti, fall in love, testing the commitment they made to their Catholic faith. Meanwhile, their most-liked professor worries about new evidence linking Leonardo da Vinci to the discredited Savaronola, a fanatic 15th century friar revered by the Piagnoni. When Pope John Paul ll visits the San Marco convent to view the newly restored Fra Angelico frescos, Finn heroically thwarts the assassination attempt. The Vatican rewards him with an attractive position, and he his forced into make a life altering decision.

Mr. Teachworth’s background is in visual art, film, and television. He wrote and directed a feature film, Going Back, for Vestron Pictures. He followed up with a children’s book, Two Stones, and recently published Beyond: A Collection of Metaphysical Short Stories. He has taught at the college level and currently writes and publishes art criticism.

http://www.ronteachworthliterary.com/

When I first heard about "The Annunciation" by Ron Teachworth, I was afraid it would be either another exercise in Catholic bashing, or an indulgence in pre-Vatican II nostalgia. It was neither. Instead it was a fast paced story of young men and women who were seriously considering the religious life while immersed in the cultural and artistic glory of Florence. I especially enjoyed Teachworth’s grasp of Florentine fresco painting and the origins of the Renaissance. Just as enjoyable were the references to Detroit’s Catholic community and its colleges and universities. The plot also involves a rather touching romance, so even if you are not religious and are not especially interested in the paintings of Fra Angelico, you will still enjoy this book.
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I was hooked from the beginning when reading The Annunciation by R. Teachworth. It took me to Florence and I was immersed in the beautiful art and architecture of the Renaissance, especially the work of Fra Angelico. There were interesting characters, suspense, and surprise. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Dawnice Kerchaert 
“The Annunciation” by Ron Teachworth is an intriguing and captivating fictional novel combining mystery, culture and romance. The author’s thorough and descriptive imagery about the paintings of Fra Angelico, the beautiful artistic culture of Florence, the thrilling mystery surrounding the renaissance politics and religion of G. Savonarola’s Piagnoni followers in their quest for religious reform, and the affectionate love story between Finn and “Livie”. “The Annunciation” is an enjoyable book to read, I highly recommend it.

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Cheri Terrill 
This is a unique and different book worth reading and going back and reading again. I truly enjoyed the book and with the rich descriptions from the author detailing the surroundings, it carries you to Italy waiting to see what happens next! Is it a book of art study, the Catholic faith, a thriller or a love story? I am sure that everyone will have a different idea of what this book means to them. But every one that reads the book will also come to one conclusion that’s it’s an excellent informative, exciting book to read. I also found it interesting that the author weaves the magic of the story and while doing so, he gives you a little art history class which I loved and learned so much. Kudos to the author and I will wait for the sequel.
Lynn Peters 
 
 


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