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The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux Deroux
About The Book
When a rare sixteenth-century manuscript lands on her desk courtesy of William, a struggling painter, shy book restorer Rose makes a startling discovery: it is a palimpsest. Beneath the text is a different document, one that’s been written over.
What they discover is the secret diary of William’s ancestor, Giovanni Lomazzo, a Venetian painter who has just been commissioned by Venice’s most powerful admiral to paint a portrait of his favourite courtesan… it is a diary of forbidden love, dangerous political plots, and secrets that could destroy everyone involved.
Together, Rose and William work to solve the mystery of what happened to the secret lovers. As feelings develop between Rose and William, their own experience begins to mirror the affair that they’re uncovering, and each set of lovers is forced to confront the reality of their romance.
This is a book about forbidden love and passion, how the story always repeats itself even if we try to not succumb to it.
This story is told between two different timelines, the past, where a famous painter, Giovanni Lomazzo, wrote a diary about his forbidden love, and the present, when this diary is found and what the truth will mean to their owner.
I can not decide which story I liked most, the complex and twisted Venetian world, with double faces and secrets in every corner; or the story between Rose and William, their trust and chemistry together but at the same time the bitter sweet story they are living.
I liked Rose, she is committed to her job but shy and doubtful; she knows that the job that William has asked her to do will change her life forever, not only in the professional but also in the personal way; but is the sacrifice worth the pain?
This story will make you travel to the beautiful Venice, with the luxurious painters and their affairs, but not everything that shines is gold, so you’ll see the dark side of all these beauty; political turmoil and broken hearts.
This is a book to remember, to make you cry and leave you with hope; sometimes the endings are a new beginning, maybe not the one we were dreaming but still may be good.
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About The Author
I grew up in the lush wilderness of Alaska and now live with my husband and daughter in San Francisco. I come from a family of painters, and I write historical fiction that centers on art and artists. Please feel free to ask questions, I love to connect with readers!