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Critical Praise

"A story of Venice at at time when people lived for romantic intrigue and where social and political restrictions led men and women into liaisons that made for delicious, tormented melodrama."


"Jane Austen herself could not have conjured a romance with more passion, deception and intrigue."


"Thoroughly fascinating. . . . Has all the hallmarks of a Henry James novel. . . . Interweaving dramatic scenes and keenly observed expository passages [di Robilant] creates a narrative of novelistic resonance."

——The Washington Post Book World

"Splendidly engrossing. . . . An extraordinary story."

——The New York Times Book Review