Claire Donovan always dreamed of visiting Venice, though not as a chaperone for a surly teenager. But she can't pass up this chance to complete her Ph.D. thesis on Alessandra Rossetti, a mysterious courtesan who wrote a secret letter to the Venetian Council warning of a Spanish plot to overthrow the Venetian Republic in 1618. Claire views Alessandra as a heroine and harbors a secret hope that her findings will elevate Alessandra to a more prominent place in history. But an arrogant Cambridge professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator -- a move that could destroy Claire's paper and career.
As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan's true motives, Alessandra's story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice. Claire also falls under the city's spell. She is courted by a handsome Italian, matches wits with her academic adversary, bonds with her troubled young charge, and, amid the boundless beauty of Venice, recaptures the joy of living every moment....
Publication date: 06/08/2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||6th August 2007|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
Christi Phillips lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interest in European history has led her all over the Continent. The Rossetti Letter is her first novel.Author Q&AWhat was your favourite childhood book? Itâ€™s difficult to narrow it down to one. I have always been an avid reader. When I was eight years old I had an epiphany when I realized what an author was, and from then on, when I found I book that I liked, I read the authorâ€™s entire body of work (I still do this, actually). In this manner I ...More About Christi Phillips