The Venetian Mask

The Venetian Mask

by Rosalind Laker
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The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker

Enduring friendships and long-held vendettas come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth-century Venice.

In 1775 Venice—known to outsiders as “the brothel of Europe”—the tradition of mask-wearing has allowed adultery and debauchery to flourish. But Marietta and Elena, two friends at the Ospedale della Pietà, a world-famous orphanage and music school for girls, know little of that milieu—until they come of age.

Elena is forced to wed the head of the Celano clan, a jealous, brutal man, while Marietta marries Domenico Torrisi, whose family vendetta with the Celanos is centuries old. Tradition dictates that the friends should never speak again, but their bond is too strong to break.

As the French Revolution unsettles all of Europe, Elena’s husband frames Domenico and he becomes a political prisoner. Marietta and Elena plot to save him, and the women discover that Venetian masks have noble purposes, too—but will their efforts put their own lives at risk?

Embodying the glitter and the treachery of the city it portrays, The Venetian Mask will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307352569
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 804,071
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ROSALIND LAKER is the author of many novels, including To Dance with Kings and The Golden Tulip. She lives in England.

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Venetian Mask 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
LaughingMagpie More than 1 year ago
The mystery and masks of the Carnival of Venice is engrossing. The book was more on the romantic side than I had expected, but the balance with the historical awareness of the changing times makes it a good read. It is worth reading at least once if you like decent historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I traveled to Venice and enjoyed the description of the city and the stories behind the masks. Highly recommended. I went out and bought another book by same author, the golden tulip and am already engrossed in it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first half of the book is interesting, with lots of sneaking around for trysts and the romance of the school itself. However, while the second half sounds interesting, actually reading it isn't nearly so much fun. An unfair incarceration and the mystery of a woman in a mask are not handled well and end up just being annoying and whiney. If you want something with a romantic feel, try something else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the book it held my attention the whole time. I never found it to be dull or boring. It's a fun read about friendship and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why aren't the stupid posts of obvious idiots removed by barnes and noble after they're flagged . It's really irritation g . These cretins need to get a life. Excellent book. Very enjoyable.
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The book is spellbinding and like a trip back in history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ugh...chick lit disguised as historical fiction. i must confess, i could not finish this book. in fact, i couldn't get past the second chapter, which skips several years with no explanation. i think i might've enjoyed this book more when i was younger its descriptions of eighteenth century venice were well done, and might've taught me something years ago, when i would've not have minded the insipid plot. the characters did not ring true, and were just too perfect.