“Maestro” by Melissa Rea

In “Maestro” by Melissa Rea, readers meet Maria Gabriella Constanzi, “Gabriella,” as she’s standing on the gallows one day before her 19th birthday in 1718. As she recalls her life to the crowd standing before her, she has to wonder if she hadn’t gotten pregnant and sent away to the special convent school in Ospedale della Pieta in Venice, Italy, how differently things might have turned out. If she hadn’t given into her carnal desires would she still be standing on the gallows before she reached her 19th birthday? … More “Maestro” by Melissa Rea