My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story of a young woman artist in eighteenth century Venice is entertaining and has some unusual twists, as for instance in the hero, who is blind. The pacing is fast moving and the characters are interesting. The plot — well, devil worshiping seems a bit out of place in this setting and at this time -- but hey, it’s fiction. The heroine, who is as often dressed in her father’s clothes as in dresses, is engaging.
All in all, a quick and entertaining read. If I have any quibble it is that writers shouldn’t set books in locales they’ve visited only on Google. But perhaps I’m being unjust. It’s only that it is clear Venice is not a city with which McKenna is intimately familiar. And as a lover of that venerable city, I find certain discrepancies annoying. Still if you want moonlight and romance in 18th Century Venice during Carnival, here’s your chance.
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COMING SOON! Blair's latest novel, Romantic Road, is a romantic mystery set in Europe. It is set for release in 2014! Stay tuned.
• The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family. It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.
• Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!
"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews
• Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations:
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother;
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri.
It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?
• Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real? Is she dreaming? Or is it just Christmas magic?