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Enduring friendships and long held vendettas Mask A MOBI #243 come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth century VeniceIn 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 dear friends at the Ospedale della Pietà a world famous orphanage and music school f. My love affair with Rosalind Laker began after reading To Dance with Kings What a wonderful novel And while I liked The Venetian Mask I do agree with other reviewers that her novels have a bit of a pattern to them However we are also in agreement that it doesn t make the story less for it The story starts off slow but no worries it does pick upLaker transports the readers to 18th century Venice see the majestic palaces that rise from the water along the Grand Canal experience the decadence and licentiousness of The Carnival and feel surrounded by the musicahhthe sweet music The gondoliers with their booming voices often accompanied by violins or flutes the street bands that played in the suares and the angelic voices of the Pieta girls Obviously venetian masks feature heavily in the story the making of them we see through the eyes of Marietta and the various misdeeds that can be done while hiding underneath were uite intriguing All in all The Venetian Mask is a good read

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Or girls know little of that milieu–until they come of age Elena is forced to wed the head of the Celano clan a jealous The Venetian ePUB #192 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. This is a wonderful read about two friends in 1775 Venice Both are singers who must marry wealthy men Remember that women have few rights and privileges in this era However the men the friends marry are vicious enemies For Elena whose love dies from illness just prior to their marriage marriage to his brother Filippo is a nightmare He is cruel abusive and jealous For Marietta who loses her first love to another through deceit her marriage to Domenico Torrisi is all she could ever hope to have The two friends find it difficult to keep in touch because of the feuding of their husbands families yet the friendship perseveres Life for both becomes very complicated as the tale moves on I truly enjoyed this book

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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 riskEmbodying the glitter and Venetian Mask A PDF #204 the treachery of the city it portrays The Venetian Mask will keep you turning pages long into the night.. Set in 18th century Venice this novel is about three orphaned girls who grow up together at a special charity music school called the Ospedale della Pieta They are all brilliant musicians but instead of pursuing their careers they decide to try their chances at love and making babies In the process many Tragic and Dramatic Things happen including but not limited to blood feuds sudden and inexplicable deaths false imprisonments treachery and treason pregnancy cover ups and dungeons and they must rely on their bond with each other to carry onThis book had just about every over used melodramatic trope it possibly could have had You could see the plot twists coming from a mile away and the characters left a lot to be desired The good ones were all strong gorgeoushandsome and could do no wrong and the bad ones were all bad just for the sake ofbeing bad The three women were very much put upon merely because they were women and I think the author was trying to make a point about the unfairness of society at that time which is a valid point but it got old There was sex scene fail here too I believe at one point there may have been reference made to a golden stallion but I have blocked it from my mindIn other words it was pretty much a typical romance novel It was very sappyAt the same time I kept reading it although I can t exactly say why It was an entertaining kind of bad And the setting was interesting I think if the characters had been complex the overall tone of the book had been less saccharine and the author had actually thrown in something unpredictable every now and then it could actually have been pretty good


10 thoughts on “The Venetian Mask A Novel

  1. says:

    My love affair with Rosalind Laker began after reading To Dance with Kings What a wonderful novel And while I liked The Venetian Mask I do agree with other reviewers that her novels have a bit of a pattern to them However we are also in agreement that it doesn't make the story less for it The story starts off slow but no worries it does pick upLaker transports the readers to 18th century Venice; see the majestic palaces

  2. says:

    This spellbinding story of friendship and perseverance kept me riveted The strength that Marietta exhibits throughout the story is inspiring and gives an interesting perspective on women of this time period The c

  3. says:

    Great book about life in Venice cerca 1700 Teh book concentrates on two girls raised in an orphanage and schooled in music They grow and marry two opposing families The story is chock full of adventure and thick plots Ver

  4. says:

    This is a wonderful read about two friends in 1775 Venice Both are singers who must marry wealthy men Remember that women have few rights and privileges in this era However the men the friends marry are vicious enemies For Elena whos

  5. says:

    Read this novel in a Reader's Digest Condensed collection when I was a kid and it left a lasting impression A Goth

  6. says:

    The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker is a dramatic and romantic novel about two orphaned girls who reside in the famous Ospedale Della Pieta The Pieta is renowned for its beautiful and innocent girls who are presented to society through their music and artistic talents Marietta and Elena as they reach adulthood each engage in personal and often devastating pursuits for love all the while maintaining that cheris

  7. says:

    Set in 18th century Venice this novel is about three orphaned girls who grow up together at a special charity music school called the Ospedale della Pieta They are all brilliant musicians but instead of pursuing their careers they

  8. says:

    Rosalind Laker is fast becoming one of my favorite historical fiction authors I have also read her novel The House by the Fjord and I just started two others To Dream of Snowand This Shining LandThe Venetian Mask tells the story of two friends Marietta and Elena who grow up together in the Ospedale de la Pieta an orphanage and music school Their romantic lives entangle them in feuding families The story follows them ov

  9. says:

    I'm not sure why I kept passing this on my reading list at the library but I did for several months Previously having read

  10. says:

    The plot described in the jacket copy of this novel doesn't even come into play until past the half way point I felt that it was much romance than historical fiction so I felt I had been misled I was disappointed and felt that it was simplistic

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