Wonderfully Historic- Venice in Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna

What a Beautiful Cover

What a Beautiful Cover

The Blurb reads

Considered useless by his cold-hearted father, Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, hides his pain behind gambling, drinking and womanizing.

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

I’d done a Blog Tour for one fellow Indian Blogger and then I saw this book on the Making Connections list. I then said “Why wait” and asked for the book right away!! Although I have countless other books which I’ve queued on Goodreads, I couldn’t resist reading this one ahead of the others!

The book takes you to a mysterious world, a dark world called Venice. I’ve often thought that Venice was rather a bleak city and tended to get depressing sometimes with the dark alleys and small lanes. This book captured that for me.

Also it explored the social scene in Venice and explored how Maria picks up her life after being thrown out by her cruel Mother In Law. Maria realises that her MIL has been holding out on her and there is foul play concerning her father’s death. Whyever else would he stop writing to her? Also how did he die bankrupt and cold? Didn’t she realise that he had sold a few paintings?

Maria encounters Nico and finds herself drawn to the semi blind and smart stranger who has this sort of overbearing protective emotion about her. She discovers secrets she must not and her life gets intertwined with Nico’s. Can she seek what she came for? Can she avenge her father’s death? Is there life for a widow who is socially disgraced?

I found this book to be delightful and fun loving.

There were questions which I pondered about.  Was the world always so brutal to women? Did a widow have no rights whatsoever even when her husband’s death was not even remotely her fault? Why do dark alleys propogate so much of secrecy? And lastly why does the world have fanatics? How do we become so obsessed and delusional with our own line of thought that we find any other thought contrary to ours repugnant? However this book is not a serious one and I’ll leave my deliberation aside.
What I enjoyed aboutabout this story was the fact that the characters drew you in. There wasn’t the unnecessary spook or the suspense or that fast pace that a few books brought which rob you of your existence till the book is done. I love such books but this one was different in balancing the history with the mystery 😉
The chemistry between the lead pair is genial and slow. It isn’tisn’t a whirlwind romance, certainly in tune with the times the book is set out in. I enjoyed looking at Venice from Maria’s eyes and having been to Venice myself, could imagine the city readily enough. j appreciated that there was no trivialising affections. Maria felt love for Nico but it was a bond which grew ouy of friendship and appreciate such a tie.
I am a little hazy about the end because I read this book before October and being the delayed reviewer that I am saw the draft today. And today this review shall be out.
This is a good book which you can take to bed on a cosy night and read in the candlelight
My Rating.: 3.5/5
3.5 starts

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