For My Ears: Rhys Bowen’s The Venice Sketchbook

I truly love Rhys Bowen’s novels so I was disappointed that I didn’t realize a new one was coming out until suddenly – it was out! So I used one of trusty Audible credits for it. I loved this story! I loved the connection from present to past. I loved the two main characters – Juliet and Caroline. This book could have easily been 800 pages as there was so much “story” (but it’s not!).

Rhys Bowen writes historical fiction so well. It is entertaining and yet I always learn something new.

I listened to this during my drive. It was beautifully narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII in an enthralling novel of brief encounters and lasting romance by the New York Times best-selling author of The Tuscan Child and Above the Bay of Angels.

Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper…Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than 60 years.

It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.

Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

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