My thoughts…..

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 eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal. (Synopsis from Amazon)


VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT is refreshingly different in several ways.

-The majority of historicals are usually set in England, Scotland, France, Rome, or Florence.  Beautifully decadent, declining Venice, while not unique, isn’t the norm. It is, however, the perfect setting for Marietta and Nico’s tale.

-Marietta isn’t typical.  Widowed at twenty her marriage was far from happy. Marietta was abused by not only Dario, her husband, but also her mother in law. When Signora Gatti turns her out Marietta departs proudly in blue silk.  She isn’t interested in a relationship or playing the coquette. She’s resilient, refuses to stay down, and independent. Unlike many historical heroines she has a skill to exploit. She’s determined to resolve the mystery surrounding her father’s death. Venice and Carnival allow her a freedom unlikely elsewhere.

-Nico Foscari, son of one of the founding families of Venice. On the surface he bears a strong resemblance to Dario, a gentleman who spends his hours gambling, drinking, and bedding as many women as he can. Nico is also close friends with Casanova. There the similarity ends. Nico has been going blind since the age of sixteen. He’s simply living down to the standards expected of him.

-While Marietta is beautiful to the eye Nico can only see her inner beauty. She’s been described to him but he’d be drawn to her regardless. Nico is seeing Marietta without the distraction of her appearance.  This was one of my favorite aspects of VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT.

-The romantic progression is realistic and simple. No ton, no drawing room repartee, though Nico is very witty and charming. The lack of artifice is remarkably appealing.

-There are no pages long, highly descriptive, love making scenes. To have added this would have been a grave disservice to Marietta and Nico. Often, less truly is more.

Historical romance lovers looking for something different your search is over.

4 Stars

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