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Christi Phillips
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3 Mar 2008
Alessandra Rossetti, a courtesan, becomes entangled in a conspiracy that threatens to destroy seventeenth century Venice. She alone has the power to reveal a Spanish plot. Centuries later, Claire Donovan is writing her dissertation on the young courtesan. She knows that Alessandra wrote a secret letter exposing the Spanish conspiracy. But how Alessandra learnt of it, or what happened to her afterwards is still a mystery. Claire hopes to uncover the secrets of the courtesan's life within Venice's ancient libraries and prove Alessandra deserves her place in history. But upon arrival in Venice, Claire learns that Cambridge professor Andrew Kent is to present a paper, asserting that Alessandra was a co-conspirator of the Spanish. If he can prove this, Claire's work and academic career will be ruined. She knows she must discover the facts in order to save her own future. And as she races to find the truth, the beauty and romance of Venice will also bring the passion back into Claire's own life.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; paperback / softback edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390769
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars half way there 20 Mar 2011
By jasmpi
I picked this book up from the library as the idea for the story line intrigued me. I love a history/romance/political thriller so this seemed my perfect book. Id reccommend the book purely for the assesandra/historical storyline. Whilst reading it i couldnt put the book down, not so much for the modern storyline but for alessandra. essentialy shes just a noraml girl trying to make the best life for herself that she possibly can. her story is believable and I got a real sense of life in 17th century venice. As a history lover I like books and films to remain roughly true to the period and I feel the author has made an effort to keep her fiction tied closly to fact. christi phillips also paints venice, old and new, beautifuly. the moden storyline isnt quite as good. it was obvious what was going to happen between claire and andrew. as another reviewer has pointed out the part where all british people "would be speaking german" was offensive and pointless and nobody in england prounounces rats ass "rotts oss". sorry but i dont see the point in offending your readers if you want them to enjoy your book. as i said earlier, i still couldnt put the book down but after finishing it just felt let down. the concept was brilliant and it should have been a brilliant book but something is missing. how did alessandra and antonia become so in love? (yeah he's a handsome perfect man) but the passion never made it past a couple of pages. i dont feel i understand their relationship enough and the moden day stuff is cheesy. a good try but could abd should have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and enjoyable story 21 Oct 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book, the story was well told. As a first novel maybe it did have some formula tick boxes but they were not obtrusive. I'm looking forward to the next one, the scenes with Andrew - who is obviously going to become the love interest - made me laugh, funny and touching. Also the teenage Gwen, a very good character. Also, it really captured the beauty and the sinister aspects of the wonderful city of Venice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully atmospheric but spoiled by prose 21 Aug 2009
This is exactly the sort of book I like to get stuck into but from the start I was struck by the almost embarrassing dialogue between the wholly unlikeable history student woman and the churlish teenager (only needed for one bit where diaries get mixed up really), followed by the (as one other reviewer has pointed out) totally predictable story line with the grumpy love interest - had all this modern day drivvle been omitted it would have made for a great read as the place and the period were very well evoked, I almost felt I could smell the dank canal and I was totally engaged in the fates of the courtesan and her lover - just not that of their modern day pursuers!
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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok 22 July 2009
mix of fact and fiction, although slightly more fiction. alesandra rossetti didnt actually exist but many of the characters did. there was a spanish conspiracy during 1618 but the focus for this books is the lives of the 2 women. both been unlucky in love and this is how they carry on. bit cliche and found it hard going to begin with but once it picked up some pace and interest was flying over the pages, now im dying to visit venice.
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