Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli



The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli is a historical novel set in 1500's Venice.  It is about a young man named Luca who will inherit his family's gondola boatyard.  After an unexpected change, Luca becomes a gondoliere for a famous portrait painter, and falls in love with a beautiful young woman.  The story centers around his love for this woman and his restoration of one of his father's gondolas.

The historical detail in this book is dense and rich.   Artistry is lovingly described.   The descriptions are a joy to read, and they invoke another time and place in a fascinating way.

I would recommend this novel for fans of historical fiction as well as anyone interested in art, art history, Venice, or Italian history. 

Thanks to iRead Book Tours, I am giving away a copy of the book.  The giveaway will begin at 12:00 p.m. on May 6, and will run through 11:59 p.m. on May 13.   You can enter during this time period with the Rafflecopter entry method, below.  The winner will be randomly selected, and the book will be mailed to the winner by iRead Book Tours, the sponsor of this giveaway.
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13 comments:

Carrie said...

This sounds like a great book. I love historical fiction, especially European.

Wehaf said...

I love anything set during the Renaissance!

Treasures By Brenda said...

Since Italy is on my very short travel list, this sounds like a book I should check out.

KAS said...

I am eager to get swept up in the romance of this time, place and storyline! I hope I win -- thanks for offering readers this opportunity!

Fran said...

I love historical novels and Italy!
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Denise said...

I would love to take a gondola ride in Venice. Thank you for the giveaway. This sounds like a great read.

Sandy Sandmeyer said...

I'm a huge fan of historical fiction. This book looks like it will be good.

Kristie said...

I've always wanted to visit Italy! I would love to see all the art! I was an art history minor in college. Plus I love a good love story so I would love this book. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

Mlsweet88 said...

It sounds like a really interesting book!

Emi Pearce said...

I love historical fiction and how nice that it is about a romance.

kat said...

It sounds like a wonderful book on love and family history

Nancy said...

I enjoy reading historical fiction. I think I'd enjoy this book!

Nancy
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jamie tucker said...

sounds interesting i have been wanting to branch ot and read new genres