“If you had lived back then, why, they would’ve had to chase the boys away with a stick!” Grams said. I was mesmerized by the images before me. And it was true, what Grams had said. I did look like the women in these masterpieces. My whole life they had told me how I would’ve fit in better in that time. “A true Renaissance beauty,” Grams would say, thinking she was giving me real comfort.
Avery Rose has struggled her whole life to fit in. Then her grandparents take her on a trip to Rome to celebrate her high school graduation. There she visits a gallery and views the sixteenth century painting of Lucrezia Panciatichi that will change the course of her life. She wonders if there had been more to Lucrezia than meets the eye. And if so, could it be true for her as well? [from publisher's web site]