At first I was a bit lost in the 1618 story, there were lots of characters and for a while when it switched back to the historical line, the story did not seem to go together. However, this is my only critique of Phillips novel. And after a few trips back in time everything did come together very nicely.
Normally I find the historical story more intriguing but in this book I kept longing to read the present story line. This is not a romance by any means but the undertones of romantic relationships are fabulous. Also, I really liked the fact that the main character was chaperoning a typical teenager, something you dont see in these types of books.
Phillips characters are very believable and the manner she build her story keeps you enthralled, a very quick and pleasant read. I fully intend to read her next novel.
I usually like these kind of story lines, but I just could not get into this book. I found the main charector predictable and unlikable for that matter. I tried really hard to finish this but I could not.
I really enjoyed this novel - it was one of those that was hard to put down because I wanted to see what would happen next. Both the modern and the historical timelines painted vibrant pictures of Venice. The plot was fast moving with several twists and the ending was very nicely done.
I cant quite remember when I last liked a book as much as I liked this one. It was charming, pulled me in from the start, and I find it difficult to think of anything wrong with it. In fact, my only complaint is that it ended too quickly and I wanted to see more of these characters!
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This book was my mental break from more serious reads. The story wasnt bad at all and was a very quick read.