VENETIAN FORTUNE-TELLER: A NOVEL ABOUT CHOICE

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It incorporates a ton of actual history without every feeling too bogged down with it. I personally love history so I was quite fascinated and I even learned of a few events that I didn't know about, like Caesar possibly being responsible for the burning of the great Library at Alexandria! I also was unaware of the city of Gundeshapur which was a huge intellectual center at it's height.

All of this history is woven into the story of generations of strong, brave women, and a few weak and silly ones, and their psychic talents. I really enjoyed my time with this book and I highly recommend it! I received this book for free through a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway but this has not influenced my review in any way. Aug 01, Lauralee rated it it was ok Shelves: One day, while helping her client, Theo, with an auction, she discovers an ancient manuscript that appears to be written during the time of Cleopatra.

Semele is excited about her latest find.

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However, when she reads the manuscript, she notices how unusual it is. The manuscript chronicles the events two thousand years after Cleopatra and seems to be writing this directly to Semele. As Semele ponders over this manuscript Actually, 2. Semele was a hard character for me to like. She did not have a backbone in her body. She never really took control of the situation. Her actions were very cowardly.

She ran away from every problem that is facing her. She pushed her adopted mother aside and avoided her boyfriend because she was afraid to tell him quits. She should have been honest that she didn't like him but Theo. Semele was also judgmental, selfish, and jealous. Thus, Semele was a frustrating character, and I didn't think she deserved a happy ending because she was mean to others.

Ionna was interesting, but she was not given any depth. It never really explained how she could see beyond the future. Therefore, I could not buy that Ionna was narrating the events that happened in the future. Overall, this book has romance, mystery, and action. However with all these elements, it was a bit underwhelming. The plot itself of the tarot cards was also never explained.

It just pops up halfway and never really states how they were created or why they were important. The ending felt anti-climactic and the villain seemed very cartoonish rather than complex. The Fortune Teller has the makings of a great story. However, it never felt complete. Instead, it was very rushed. The ideas were never really explored. While the story is very fast-paced, it never fully gripped me. There needed to be complex characters, more explanation about origin of the tarot cards and how Ionna got her gifts as a fortune teller, and a more developed romance.

This was really a disappointment for me. However, The Fortune Teller did not meet my expectations. However, for those who wants to see Mrs. Jul 19, Debra Slonek rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author breathed life into her characters, which caused me to keep thinking about the storyline, even when I wasn't actually reading the book.

I loved the many complicated and satisfying relationships; children and parents, best friends, co-workers, romantic pairings and enemies. Semele Cavnow unearthed connections to her ancestors, both recent and ancient. She also developed and depended upon her natural gifts and talents as a seer. An ancient manuscript and set of taro Excellent storytelling! An ancient manuscript and set of tarot cards were such integral parts of the story, almost becoming main characters themselves.

The manuscript provided links to the past, present and future. It provided wisdom, warnings, answers, insight and hope. It also helped to prepare the intended reader for difficult situations and heartbreaking losses. This book is rich in history and filled with connections between characters spanning several generations and even centuries. I love when characters are voracious readers, hang out in libraries and are very imaginative.

A deeply satisfying read, filled with well developed characters and imaginative adventures.

Jun 16, Alyssa rated it it was amazing. Gwendolyn Womack's first novel, The Memory Painter, is one of my all-time favorite books, and The Fortune Teller, her second, did not disappoint and cemented for me her status as one of my favorite authors. Extremely well researched and absolutely fascinating, this is a novel that it is easy to tear through. All the information about the tarot was of particular interest to me. Part thriller, part supernatural mystery, and part romance, this novel has everything I like in a book!

Apr 13, Jaymie rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I gave this 3 stars for being fun and interesting. I love history so that was a fun aspect. However the history was too much of the book. I also spotted many holes in the story that maybe the author could see the reasons for certain things but forgot to share them with the reader. Also the love story was severely lacking.

Why were Semele and Theo meant to be? A little passion but too short lived to be a big romance. Also Semele is kind of an idiot. Why on earth would she just hand over the tarot cards to Cabe.. She kept doing things that I thought were not smart. Why the pretend auction?

Waste of time and money. I could go on but at the same time I ignored a lot of the problems in the story and that way I enjoyed it more. It was a fun and easy read. Sep 06, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: Ancient and historical libraries throughout millennia! Prophecies, seers, and magical realism, oh my! It's an unlikely blend, but it made for one page-turning adventure. In many ways this reads like a Dan Brown novel, only with a female protagonist, and spanning from ancient Alexandria to present day. Which is to say, it's not literary fiction, and there are a few frothy moments, but it makes for a fun and fast-paced read.

I especially liked visiting all Ancient and historical libraries throughout millennia! I especially liked visiting all those famous libraries in my mind throughout the great empires of history. As with many dual timeline novels, the historical sections are where this book really shines. But in this case, the present day scenes really helped with the pacing, and kept the story clipping along. I really enjoyed this book--it's a great vacation read!

In addition to collecting tarot deck If you are fascinated by the thought of the Great Library of Alexandria AND the Tarot AND historical fiction, then this book will fulfill--or at least satisfy--some of those interests. In addition to collecting tarot decks, I have always drawn my own as taught to me by my grandmother when very young , so the story that unfolds is quite authentic. The characters past and present ones woven together are believable; the plot is exciting and never boring; and the information on manuscript collecting is a bonus.

This is a 5-star read! May 05, Margaryta rated it it was ok Shelves: Rose in the way that young men in 18th-century Europe sought to form connections with influential figures, drawing on a respected and admirable lineage. The novel promises its reader suspense, romance, and secrecy, with a possible glimmer of genre intersectionality, all of which I found incredibly appealing and which drew me to it. The backbone of the novel is its protagonist Semele Cavnow, who quickly becomes underwhelming and problematic within the first few chapters. She is presented by Womack as having a carefully crafted persona, the expert manuscript appraiser, only thirty-two, remarkably young for her achievements.

She dressed in high-fashion vintage, wore only mascara and lipstick, and sported a sleek Ziegfeld bob that looked straight from the twenties. This was the main issue in the novel: The Fortune Teller makes history the victim of the same kind of privileged tone that characterized the present plotline. There are not many such passages, but those few that are there stick out to a reader who is familiar with history and is likely to see the patchwork quality of the prose, like in this case: The Book of Optics demonstrated how to create two-dimensional pictorial representations of three-dimensional space.

It was at these moments that my hope would rise. Instead, it was caught up in impressing the reader with the familiar, and rather melodramatic, story that leans toward overreaction and carefully placed descriptions of luxury and comfort. Even the use of the tarot card names for the chapter titles felt flimsy. Predictable and familiar in all the places where it could have been emotional and impactful, it delivers a selective and dramatized version of history that feels scripted. The past and present are segregated in a way they should not be, the former used to support the latter in a way that differs from the organic tone in the novels of Dan Brown and M.

Rose, the level toward which the novel subconsciously continues to aim. It is a novel that can be described in the words of Semele herself: She enjoyed a good gothic novel as much as the next person, but that was not her real life. Sep 15, Molly rated it liked it Shelves: So I really enjoyed the first part of this- it had a sort of People of the Book -ish feel ugh, what I would give to be in archives and preservation!

My reservations with it largely concern the second half. While the book seems to be about strong, female characters, the more I think about it, it feels like most of the women and their stories revolve around men. Not all, but most- to me. The book itself even sort of takes a turn from a histo So I really enjoyed the first part of this- it had a sort of People of the Book -ish feel ugh, what I would give to be in archives and preservation!

The book itself even sort of takes a turn from a historical mystery feel, to a fantastic romance thriller. Jun 27, Jess rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. I loved how the past and present storylines mixed together. I thought the action at the end was a little rushed but not overly. Thrilling from start to finish! I was never bored! I soared through time and across worlds! Well developed plot and layout! Thank you for this book! Jun 28, Tamara rated it really liked it Shelves: Review to come soon. Semele's story intrigued me. The deceit and mystery happening in current time was enough to keep me entertained, but as she was deciphering pages from a book from the past- that story intrigued me just as much, maybe even more.

Gwendolyn Womack ties together tales in current and past time to tell a story that is intriguing and so worth reading. Feb 16, Natalia Iwanyckyj rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tarot, ancient mysteries, and dual time-lines that stretch across continents and millennia. One of my favorite types of books. Illona's wise, timeless voice, relays the journey of wise women from the times of the Library of Alexandria to the present.

Without our memories, time would not exist. What we perceive as the world is really memory in motion. Feb 23, Kate rated it it was amazing. Sort of a fiction of the origins of the tarot deck--a story of the past, present and future along a series of women. I thought it was very interesting and well done. Just when you were getting into a plot line-whoa-it switched to another time and then you were immersed there and then-whoa-another change. I liked that, it kept me on my toes. Of course I wanted more by the end-but you have to stop somewhere! Aug 16, Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it.

Although excited about the treasures she may unearth in his world renowned collection, what she never expected to find was a diary over years old I requested it on a whim having never Semele Cavnow has been sent, as an antiquities expert, to go through the estate of a collector. Which, should be impossible as it's over years old. This is my first book from Womack, but it definitely won't be my last and I recommend you pick this up if you want an interesting mystery with elements of romance and magic.

Subscribe to our blog by email! Apr 03, Sarah Forester rated it liked it Shelves: If you mixed Book of the People with Discovery of Witches, you would get this book. It weaves between gorgeous well researched historical fiction and bland heteronormative tropes. I had to double check that it was actually a woman writer because of the ridiculous descriptions of female appearance.

Overall a pretty good If you mixed Book of the People with Discovery of Witches, you would get this book.

Overall a pretty good pace but some off putting details left me ranting to friends. Seeker of all things magical in the world. Gwendolyn lives in Los Angeles with her family. She collects kaleidoscopes and paints as a hobby. Visit her online at: Books by Gwendolyn Womack. Trivia About The Fortune Teller. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from The Fortune Teller. From that point on, I was loath to put the book down. Apart from being a skillful storyteller, the author is also adept at painting a vivid picture of 16th century urban Venice. In true historical fiction form, real historical characters abound in the novel to enhance the sense of place and time: Aug 20, Jeanette rated it it was amazing.

Two superlative protagonists- partnered but never lovers. A singular woman who cuts through boundaries and forbidden studies for her time, and yet heals as much as she deceives. Three under characters who are defined more precisely to their actions and with deeper onion like layer complexity than a titled figure of and in a play by Shakespeare. Just superb in any one of 3 other categories outside of these prime personalities because it is also of a piece. Mood, progression, knowledge- all increasi Two superlative protagonists- partnered but never lovers. Mood, progression, knowledge- all increasing as years pass.

Losing portions of one thing, but trading them for something else. Often nothing of what was expected. Not even for trust or the most "known". Reveal and then anti-reveal. Immaturity in forms and content, and then growth to a formidable full adulthood. But in some ways also incorporating the universal human conditions. More than a few, but most kernel like- that condition of difference, or of being "the other".

All sublime in their levels of recognition. And if that's not all- it also has within it the most finely evaluated ingredient content for the essence of one city in midth century Italy against another's. The best I've ever read myself for their tone and approach in conversations. And now for the Venetian. And it still exists to this day. The beginning was off-putting to me. It took my attention into a distraction that until the entire combination set "in" to see the entity of the pair working their skills. Until then, I had a difficult time setting the crude and foul temper meanness of language, aside.

Sarah Dunant truly has created a cast to remember in this one. And she also knows about the black fractions of millions of pieces of solid that live in the water at night. This is the world of dark bodies of water. Of lakes and lagoons everywhere. Very few physical, mental, or emotional human commodities of natural occurrence are obscured in this book. It's often raw and it often tends to seductions. Not only to the biological impulses, but to levels of other comprehensions, most forbidden to those who hold them. Come and watch Bucino juggle the Murano glassware duds, the throwaways.

And live within his mind these years. I totally loved this book. Pure escapism into a real historical past. Marvelous - such a good story. At the end of the book the author clearly states what is fact and what is fiction. I had already looked up several of the characters and deeds. This book and Wikepedia make history into an engaging story. I have read through page The reader is pulled into Venice of the s.

You are there with the dwarf, the courtesan and the sparkling, mpv I totally loved this book. You are there with the dwarf, the courtesan and the sparkling, mpving water and shimmering lights of that world. View all 4 comments. I kept waiting for this to be lusher and smuttier than it was. The story follows the dwarf companion of a renowned courtesan in Venice's heyday. It starts with a dramtic escape from Rome as it's being sacked by some sort of protestant infidel, and watches the courtesan trying to make a name for herself in a new city as she befriends a strange, witchy woman.

The relationship between the dwarf and the courtesan is the important one, but lacks meat until the book is nearly over. It's telling that I I kept waiting for this to be lusher and smuttier than it was. It's telling that I returned from vacation, picked it up to finish it, and had forgotten that I already had. Bucino is a dwarf employed by one of the most favored courtesans of Rome, Fiammetta Bianchini.

When Rome is sacked by Spaniards and Lutherans in , Bucino and Fiammetta barely escape with their lives and a few jewels they managed to swallow. They are forced to start over again in Fiammetta's native city of Venice. The going is slow at first, but they are both determined to rise to the top again, with the help of some unlikely accomplices. This was really about 3. I enjoyed reading it, Bucino is a dwarf employed by one of the most favored courtesans of Rome, Fiammetta Bianchini.

I enjoyed reading it, I liked Bucino, and I truly enjoyed reading about Venice. But towards the end I started asking myself what the point of the whole thing was. It didn't really seem to be going anywhere. When it did finally get to something like a conclusion, it was all over pretty quickly. I would have liked a little less build-up and a lot more exploration of the final conflict, for lack of a better word. As it was, I felt like the ending sort of came out of nowhere. And I don't mean that in a good way. Also, looking back at the beginning of the book to remember how to spell Fiammetta's full name, I realized that her character really wasn't very consistent.

Her moods and really her overall character seemed to shift to suit whatever needed to happen next in the book. Sometimes that makes a character seem more real, but in this case, it felt like the author didn't know how to get the story where she wanted it to go without changing Fiammetta. I would recommend this book if you're going to Venice soon I am! I'm so excited to go see the places that Sarah Dunant described so well! It's been a while, but I remember that book pretty well, and I think In the Company of the Courtesan will fade pretty quickly from my mind.

Jan 11, Kate Quinn rated it really liked it. For once, a novel that does not romanticize the life of a courtesan. Sarah Dunant continues her mastery of the Renaissance in her second novel, which details the adventures of the Venetian courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion Bucino. The dwarf is the narrator, cynical and worldly, and behind his clowning role at his mistress's back they have forged a shrewd partnership.

Fiammetta is a delightful mix of beauty, vanity, courage and desperation as she is left destitute after the Protestant s For once, a novel that does not romanticize the life of a courtesan. Fiammetta is a delightful mix of beauty, vanity, courage and desperation as she is left destitute after the Protestant sack of Rome. She returns to the waterways of Venice to make her fortune all over again, and Bucino acts as friend, confidante, manager, and business partner.

They endure poverty and persecution, winning their way to riches - but more subtle dangers await the pair when Fiammetta turns from her rich and aging clients to fall in love for the first time in her life. Salvation or damnation lies in the hands of La Draga, a young blind healer whom Bucino has never trusted. Powerful storytelling and a surprising twist power the story along, told in Bucino's world-weary voice.

Oct 22, Laurie rated it liked it Recommends it for: I liked this book alright. The story was interesting enough to keep me flipping pages. I do have sort of a bone to pick over the narrative voice, though. I had a tough time bonding with the characters in this story; I don't feel like I really got to know any of them. As the narrator, Bucino kind of peripherally describes events and characters' feelings about said events, but I liked this book alright. As the narrator, Bucino kind of peripherally describes events and characters' feelings about said events, but you never feel present in the story's action and you can't really grasp the characters' emotions or motivations.

I'm reminded of the "show not tell" mantra from Middle School Language Arts class. Dunant might have been better off writing this story after hanging out with Ms. Phillips for a semester or two. While I enjoyed Dunant's first novel, The Birth of Venus moreso than this work, I think she has a great knack for writing extremely interesting characters. Bucino is a great hero for her novel and she also does a wonderful job of characterizing 16th century Venice as well. The novel started off quickly, however the middle moved VERY slowly and made the ending less exciting. I was hoping for more of a resolution, and more exposition, but in the end the book doesn't really need to provide the read While I enjoyed Dunant's first novel, The Birth of Venus moreso than this work, I think she has a great knack for writing extremely interesting characters.

I was hoping for more of a resolution, and more exposition, but in the end the book doesn't really need to provide the reader with a concrete conclusion.

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I'd love to see this made into a film. I think Peter Dinklage would make an astounding Bucino - hopefully someone will option the book and do right by the source material.

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Mar 31, Phyllis rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book was great, as the plot was creative, the characters interesting and there was lots of action. At first I figured that I wouldn't be able to relate well to the story of a courtesan and dwarf, but the themes of love and friendship, hardship and politics, drew you into the story. Sarah Dunant is a talented author, I enjoyed her use of analogies. I especially liked reading about Venice in the 's, and thought her account of the times was well documented.

Of course I checked the net to see the c This book was great, as the plot was creative, the characters interesting and there was lots of action. Of course I checked the net to see the complete painting of Venus of Urbino. A beautiful novel rich in detail, adventure, and history. A story of a beautiful friendship that is completely out of the norms for the time, and their struggle to survive the hardships of life and scandals of a courtesan and a dwarf. Highly recommended for lovers of historical drama and political and society scandal.

Jul 25, melydia rated it really liked it. Our story begins with the sack of Rome, and famous courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini is readying her household for the soldiers' arrival. She and her dwarf companion Bucino, who narrates this tale, flee to Venice to start their lives over again. The description pulls no punches, as it were, laying it all bare without nary a euphemism in sight. But it's not just crudeness and filth that is described this way, but great beauty and purity is as well. All in all, a sumptuous presentation of Renaiss Our story begins with the sack of Rome, and famous courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini is readying her household for the soldiers' arrival.

All in all, a sumptuous presentation of Renaissance Italy as told through the eyes of a cranky dwarf. I wish there had been more plot - I would have liked to know more about what happened to the Jew and the Turk, for example, and that more ends had been tied up by the end - but I suppose that isn't always possible with first-person narration, and the looseness of the story did make it feel more realistic.

I especially appreciated the historical notes at the end, explaining which characters were based on real people and where things deviated from fact.

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Return to Book Page. Ionna was interesting, but she was not given any depth. Fiammetta is not only a beautiful courtesan, but also a resourceful and smart woman. I also spotted many holes in the story that maybe the author could see the reasons for certain things but forgot to share them with the reader. Books by Sarah Dunant.

It appears there's nearly as much history as fiction in this historical novel. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more by Dunant. I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. I loved the setting early 16th century Venice, with a little Rome thrown in for fun , the characters especially the dwarf, who's point of view we share , the story and detail, and especially the ending which felt so satisfying. I know I will be reading it again, probably more than once.

This is the second time that I have enjoyed a story by Dunant. A real treat to enjoy the last pages in the sunshine of an April day! View all 3 comments. Dec 17, Charles Matthews rated it really liked it. Historical novels are always as much about the present as about the past. When Margaret Mitchell was writing "Gone With the Wind," for example, women had recently received the right to vote and a certain measure of sexual freedom.

The trick is to keep up the illusion of the past. In her first historical novel, "The Birth of Venus," pub Historical novels are always as much about the present as about the past. Her new book, "In the Company of the Courtesan," is a smoother performance. Dunant's 21st-century sensibility — her attitude toward sexual politics, religious intolerance and the treatment of the disabled — is neatly blended into a plausible portrait of life in 16th-century Venice.

When the novel opens, we are in Rome, where year-old Fiammetta Bianchini has already earned a fortune in a career that offers, let us say, horizontal advancement. What better place for a courtesan to strike it rich than a city full of wealthy, amoral and supposedly celibate men? But it's , when Rome was sacked by the troops of Charles V, and Fiammetta and Bucino are forced to flee the raping and pillaging.

They haven't lost quite everything: They swallowed some of her jewels before they fled, and Bucino has in his possession a book that will prove to be even more valuable. But Fiammetta was set upon by a gang of angry women who shaved her head, so restoring her beauty -- and thus her livelihood -- will be a top priority. After a harrowing journey, they arrive in Venice, where Fiammetta enlists the services of a blind and deformed young woman known as La Draga, known for her skill with potions and ointments. Bucino is wary of La Draga, but he's won over when her treatments repair the damage done to Fiammetta's health and beauty.

Fiammetta becomes the queen of Venetian courtesans, and Titian immortalizes her face and figure as "The Venus of Urbino," a sensuous nude whose erotic charge may be measured by the fact that Mark Twain described it as "the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses. Dunant has skillfully imagined what it's like to have his physical limitations, his pride and self-consciousness and loyalty.

Bawdy, funny, cynical and smart, Bucino keeps the narrative literally and figuratively down to earth. Indeed, he's a better-drawn character than Fiammetta, who doesn't entirely rise above the prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold stereotype, and whose wit and power over men we are more told about than shown. It's through Bucino's eyes that the novel's fabulous setting, Venice, comes to life — sights, sounds and smells, riches and perils.

There wouldn't be much of a novel without the perils, and Dunant skillfully piles them on, starting with the gruesome sack of Rome, and she keeps some deliciously hair-raising secrets for late in the book. The book suffers only a little bit from historical-novelese: It's hard to write period dialogue that doesn't veer into either highfalutin archaism or contemporary colloquialism. There are a few cameos by actual historical figures, such as Titian and the corrosive satirist Pietro Aretino, and you can feel Dunant straining to make them seem as real as the characters that come mostly from her imagination.

In a note at the end of this colorful page-turner, Dunant apologizes for her conscious distortions of fact as well as for any unwitting mistakes, lamenting "that extensive research and a deep love of the period cannot, alas, turn a fiction writer into a historian. When you keep us as entertained as you do here, that's good enough. Besides, reading a historical novel for the history is like eating chocolate for the antioxidants.

The history and the antioxidants are just fringe benefits — the true appeal lies elsewhere.

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In this case, it lies in a good story well told. Jul 19, Pauline Montagna rated it really liked it. Happily I found it to be a much more successful novel. The story begins in on the eve of the infamous Sack of Rome. The dwarf Bucino goes to the walls of Rome to find out the latest news for his mistress, the beautiful courtesan Fiammetta.

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Warned of the imminent arrival of a marauding army of war-hardened Spaniards and fanatical Protestant Germans, Fiammetta devises an ingenious strategy. Rather than run or hide, she will charm the invaders with her wit and beauty. Having been stripped of her beautiful hair and most of her belongings, Fiammetta persuades Bucino to join her in escaping to Venice where she was born.

There, with the help of a hunchback and half blind wise woman, known as La Draga, Fiammetta slowly regains her beauty and confidence and re-establishes herself as a successful courtesan. But fundamentally, its major success lies in its characters. Each of them is well-rounded and finely drawn, especially Bucino. And there, I feel, lies the reason why this is a much more successful novel than The Birth of Venus. Here, Ms Dunant has not attempted to get inside the Italian family, an insular institution not easily penetrated by the unfamiliar, but has instead created a cast of outsiders who are therefore free to create individual lives and forge unique relationships, thus creating a much more credible and engaging story.

This is a novel I can highly recommend. I really enjoyed this book. It's beautifully written and incorporates several of my favourite things Italy, art and of course history. During the sack of Rome, they flee with a few choice possessions, jewels and money, to Venice.

Venice is the birth state of Fiammetta, her mother still lives there, or so she believes. On arrival, things aren't as they should be. I won't go into I really enjoyed this book. I won't go into details as I don't want to spoil the story. Fiammetta and Bucino build a life for themselves, with the help of La Draga, a hunchbacked, blind, healer and are soon back in the position they were in when in Rome. They have good, wealthy clients, a nice house with beautiful fittings and a few members of their own staff. Events happen and the situation changes. There is a thief in their midst.

Bucino makes it his mission to discover what happened and there are dire consequences. The story is written from the point of view of Bucino. There is absolutely no romanticisation of the life of a courtesan. We see a more real side to how an Italian courtesan and her pimp would have lived. With the addition of several real Venetian people, you get the added factual element and with the artist Titian, a little bit of art history. I loved the reference to Murano and the famous glass made there, that really appeals to my love of all things antique.

The author provides a thorough historical note and also a thorough author's note at the end. You can tell by the story, how we'll researched it is and I'd say fairly accurate to it's time. She also provides an extensive bibliography. Nov 08, Rusty rated it it was amazing.