It's time for the first review of the year, it was easy to chose the first book because I read this one a few days ago and I loved it. I'm a fan of historical romances so when the author asked me to review her book I said YES!
This is a great book and if you enjoy this genre, you should give it a go.
Venice in the Moonlight
by Elizabeth McKenna
After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti returns to her hometown of Venice in hopes of starting a new life and finding the happiness that was missing in her forced marriage.
When Fate throws them together, friendship begins to grow into love until Marietta learns a Foscari family secret that may have cost her father his life. Now, she must choose between vengeance, forgiveness, and love.
Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to the days of eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Venice in the Moonlight is an attractive historical romance with all the ingredients to be a must read in the genre. Murder, secret alliances, a brave woman and a seducer are the ingredients of a story that you won’t be able to put down.
After losing her husband and being banished by her mother-in-law, Marietta comes back to her hometown only to find out that her father is dead and maybe his death was no accident. An encounter with some English travelers and a man from one of the wealthiest families in Venice will set in motion the search for the truth behind her father’s death.
Marietta is a likeable character, a woman forced to marry a man she didn’t love, who had to face the aversion of her husband’s family and after his demise is send away with nothing but her art and a loyal best friend. Nico is a classical seducer, a man whose goal in life is pleasure himself with women, alcohol and expending the family money. A closer friend of the famous Casanova, he is everything she should stay away from.
The dynamic between these two characters is extraordinary, intense, romantic and funny. Their relationship moves fast and is easy to read about it while enjoying it a lot.
The mystery and intrigued is well built, the suspense is always present and every page unravels something new. The great writing style and the references to the old Venice create a complete and solid world. There are also great secondary characters, each one bringing something special to the story.
A thing worth mentioning is the exquisite cover. Just by looking at it I knew I had to read this book, it is simply beautiful. The Carnival and its masks present clearly a magical scenario for a wonderful story.
Overall, Venice in the Moonlight is an excellent historical romance that will not disappoint you. With great characters, a brilliant background, a solid plot and everything you expect in this genre.