The Lost Diary of Venice

The Lost Diary of Venice

A Novel

Book - 2020
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In the wake of her father's death, Rose Newlin finds solace in her work as a book restorer. Then, one rainy Connecticut afternoon, a struggling painter appears at her door. William Lomazzo brings with him a sixteenth-century treatise on art, which Rose quickly identifies as a palimpsest: a document written over a hidden diary that had purposely been scraped away. Yet the restoration sparks an unforeseen challenge when William--a married man--and Rose experience an instant, unspoken attraction. Five centuries earlier, Renaissance-era Venetians find themselves at the mercy of an encroaching Ottoman fleet preparing for a bloody war. Giovanni Lomazzo, a portrait artist grappling with tragedy, discovers that his vision is fading with each passing day. Facing the possibility of a completely dark world, Gio begins to document his every encounter, including what may be his final artistic feat: a commission to paint the enchanting courtesan of one of Venice's most powerful military commanders. Soon, however, Gio finds himself enraptured by a magnificent forbidden love. Spellbound by Gio's revelations, Rose and William are soon forced to confront the reality of their own mystifying connection.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984819482
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 27, 2020

A beautifully written story. there is a love story, but there is also history during the Renaissance period and background on restoring art and books from that period or any period in history. I didn't realize what was involved in art restoration.

LoganLib_Phoebe Nov 23, 2020

A novel that combines history with art, love and violence. Although I found it a little hard to get into the Venetian sections the characters soon emerged as distinct and then it was hard to put the book down!


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