Eeeeep! I had this post in my calendar on the wrong date. It was supposed to be up on Friday. I’m so sorry I’m late. But, better late than never. If you like historical fiction set in Italy, take a look at this book. It’s the story of a romance between Casanova (you know the one) and a teenage girl. Now a grown woman, Caterina is reminiscing about her whirlwind love with the famous romancer, reading her old letters from him and telling the lovesick teenage girl currently in her charge about her past.
Published: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Kensington Books
eBook & Paperback; 304 Pages
Set in eighteenth-century Venice and based on an actual account by Giacomo Casanovaóhere is a lush tale of desire and risk.
Caterina Capreta was an innocent girl of fourteen when she caught the attention of the worldís most infamous chronicler of seduction: Giacomo Casanova. Intoxicated by a fierce love, she wed Casanova in secret. But his shocking betrayal inspired her to commit an act that would mark her forever.
Now twenty years later on the island of Murano, the woman in possession of Caterinaís most devastating secret has appeared with a request she cannot refuse: to take in a noble-born girl whose scandalous love affair resembles her own. But the girlís presence stirs up unwelcome memories of Caterinaís turbulent past. Tested like never before, she reveals the story of the man she will never forget.
Bringing to life a fascinating chapter in the history of Venice, Casanovaís Secret Wife is a tour de force that charts one womanís journey through love and loss to redemption.
Praise for Casanova’s Secret Wife
“Lynn-Davis admirably incorporates historical detail into this page-turning drama of mystery, love, and lossÖ.Yet the standout is her depiction of Casanova ñ Lynn-Davis clearly enjoys crafting a real-life character who stands apart from the legend, making him the bookís most enduring character.” – Publishers Weekly
“Lynn-Davis debuts with a fascinating story based on the notorious lover Giacomo Casanovaís writings. With Venice as the romantic backdrop and young love as its focus, this stunning tale of passion, betrayal and redemption is a richly woven tapestry of Casanovaís early life. By bringing little known history to life, Lynn-Davis delivers an unforgettable love story, centering not only on Casanova, but two women who share the beauty of love and the pain of loss; one will find salvation and the other true happiness.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Full of passion and rich historical detail . . . an enthralling read, impossible to put down” – Phyllis T. Smith, bestselling author
“This is Venice beneath the mask: A dark and fascinating love story hiding in the shadows of the golden city.” – Marina Fiorato, bestselling author of The Glassblower of Murano
“Seductive and unforgettable” – Harmony Verna, author of Daughter of Australia
“Breathtaking, beautiful . . . will mesmerize readers.” – Rosanna Chiofalo, author of Stella Mia
About the Author
Barbara Lynn-Davis graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history. She then worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and later spent a year there while completing her Ph.D. in Renaissance art at Princeton University.
She currently teaches art history and writing at Wellesley College, and lives outside Boston with her family.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, July 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Friday, July 28
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, August 2
Review & Guest Post at Books of All Kinds
Friday, August 4
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Monday, August 7
Review at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, August 8
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Wednesday, August 9
Guest Post at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
Thursday, August 10
Spotlight at Queen Bee Books
Friday, August 11
Review at trishajennreads
Monday, August 14
Spotlight at Books, Dreams, Life
Tuesday, August 15
Review at Creating Herstory
Wednesday, August 16
Guest Post at Creating Herstory
Thursday, August 17
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
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