I loved this book,
This review is from: The Glassblower of Murano (Paperback)
As soon as I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read it, because the setting – Venice – mirrors that for my own recent romance novel, The Echoes of Love; and it’s one of my favourite places in the world and most certainly a perfect backdrop for intrigue and romance.
I loved this book. Loved it! It’s one of those books that you want to start reading again no sooner have you finished reading it.
The writing is beautiful – so carefully crafted and melodious and wonderfully descriptive, really transporting me to the Venice of today and of the seventeenth century.
I loved both the plot lines, and how superbly the author interweaves them. Plenty of mystery and drama is created by the historic storyline, and the modern-day one is full of emotion and need and passion.
The characters are true to life – flawed but likeable. I was especially moved by the characterisation of Corradino; I’d have loved more detail on his own love affair.
The historical and cultural references are fascinating. I especially loved the detail on Murano glassblowing, and the connecting of fiction to fact, such as in Corradino’s creation of the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.
Overall, this is a book to read if you love:
1) well-researched historical fiction with plenty of detail;
2) high romance with plenty of passion;
3) a touch of family drama; and
4) Venice – this book will take you there and leave you itching to book a flight to the city of love!