The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace (2010)
You can judge this book by its cover—the writing is as lovely as the book jacket. Young Carolina spends a solitary childhood discovering the mysteries and beauties of the woods and small lake on her father’s property. Turri, an eccentric married neighbor, also delights in the gifts of the lake. When Carolina begins to suspect she is losing her eyesight, she informs her aristocratic fiancé Pietro and her parents. Only Turri believes that she is not joking, but is truly going blind. As the blindness overtakes her, Turri teaches her to see in her dreams. When Carolina receives Turri’s latest invention–a typing machine to help her communicate–her friendship for Turri evolves into a love affair.
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