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.
   a Rafflecopter giveaway