May 23, 2014

The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli
ISBN: 9780989367103

Synopsis: From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. 

When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice

My review: This was a nice book to read that told the story not only of the tradition of gondola makers but of the family of Luca Vianello. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I think she did a good job of keeping me interested as I read the book. I enjoyed that it was set in Italy and I learned a little about something I did not know as I read it. I think Laura did a good job with the character development and I enjoyed getting to know them. I also liked that it was a very detailed story that included some of Italy's history and for me that was a plus. If you are a fan of historical fiction or of Italy you will enjoy this book. I look forward to seeing more books by this author. 

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Author's Bio:
Laura Morelli earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She has taught college art history in the U.S. and at Trinity College in Rome. She is the creator of the authentic guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, published by Rizzoli. Laura is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler and other national magazines and newspapers. A native of coastal Georgia, she is married and is busy raising four children. The Gondola Maker is her first work of fiction.

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