The Lost Diary of Venice

The Lost Diary of Venice❴PDF / Epub❵ ☄ The Lost Diary of Venice Author Margaux Deroux – Heartforum.co.uk Two impossible love stories are fatefully connected by one artistic legacy in a stunning debut that leaps between the mysteries of late Renaissance Venice and the dramas of present day ConnecticutIn t Two impossible love stories are fatefully Diary of ePUB ↠ connected by one artistic legacy in a stunning debut that leaps between the mysteries of late Renaissance Venice and the dramas of The Lost Kindle - present day ConnecticutIn the months following her beloved father s death, introverted book restorer Rose has found solace in her work But on one rainy Connecticut afternoon, struggling painter Lost Diary of PDF/EPUB ì William Lomazzo appears at her door He brings with him a sixteenth century treatise on art, left remarkably intact Rose is quickly able to identify the pages as a palimpsest, a document written over a hidden text that had purposely been scraped away Yet the restoration poses a confounding issue Rose and William a married man are captivated by one another, an unspoken attraction linking them almost instantlyFive centuries earlier, Renaissance era Venetians find themselves at the mercy of an encroaching Ottoman fleet, preparing for a bloody war Giovanni Lomazzo, a respected portrait artist still grappling with the death of his wife and young son, is terrified to discover his vision declining with each passing day, forcing him to document his every encounter as he faces the possibility of a completely dark, colorless world Commissioned to paint the enchanting courtesan of one of Venice s most respected military commanders what may very well be his final artistic feat Gio soon finds himself enraptured by a dangerous, magnificent forbidden love All the while, the threat of the Ottoman Empire looms as the rival army hopes to lay siege to the port citySpellbound by Gio s revelations, Rose and William find themselves forced to confront the reality of their own mystifying connection A richly detailed page turner shadowed by one of history s darkest times, The Lost Diary of Venice weaves a heartbreakingly vivid portrait of two vastly different worlds and two tales of entrancing, unrelenting love.

I grew up in the lush Diary of ePUB ↠ wilderness of Alaska and now live with my husband and daughter in San Francisco I come from a family of painters, and The Lost Kindle - I write historical fiction that centers on art and artists Please feel free to ask questions, I love to connect with readers.

The Lost Diary of Venice Kindle Ð The Lost  Kindle -
    The Lost Diary of Venice Kindle Ð The Lost Kindle - palimpsest, a document written over a hidden text that had purposely been scraped away Yet the restoration poses a confounding issue Rose and William a married man are captivated by one another, an unspoken attraction linking them almost instantlyFive centuries earlier, Renaissance era Venetians find themselves at the mercy of an encroaching Ottoman fleet, preparing for a bloody war Giovanni Lomazzo, a respected portrait artist still grappling with the death of his wife and young son, is terrified to discover his vision declining with each passing day, forcing him to document his every encounter as he faces the possibility of a completely dark, colorless world Commissioned to paint the enchanting courtesan of one of Venice s most respected military commanders what may very well be his final artistic feat Gio soon finds himself enraptured by a dangerous, magnificent forbidden love All the while, the threat of the Ottoman Empire looms as the rival army hopes to lay siege to the port citySpellbound by Gio s revelations, Rose and William find themselves forced to confront the reality of their own mystifying connection A richly detailed page turner shadowed by one of history s darkest times, The Lost Diary of Venice weaves a heartbreakingly vivid portrait of two vastly different worlds and two tales of entrancing, unrelenting love."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • The Lost Diary of Venice
  • Margaux Deroux
  • English
  • 14 November 2019
  • 1984819488

10 thoughts on “The Lost Diary of Venice

  1. Emer (A Little Haze) says:

    This was a very entertaining read that wove together two timelines in a most compelling fashion In present day USA an artist named William brings an old book that apears to be a treatise on art written by his ancestor Giovanni Lomazzo to a restorer named Rose who works out of her bookshop near a university campus As Rose begins working on the book, she discovers that the manuscript is in fact a palimpsest and contains diary entries and repeated sketches of a young unidentified woman Rose find This was a very entertaining read that wove together two timelines in a most compelling fashion In present day USA an artist named William brings an old book that apears to be a treatise on art written by his ancestor Giovanni Lomazzo to a restorer named Rose who works out of her bookshop near a university campus As Rose begins working on the book, she discovers that the manuscript is in fact a palimpsest and contains diary entries and repeated sketches of a young unidentified woman Rose finds herself intoxicated by the story of Giovanni and his love for this mysterious woman he has sketched in the book, and this becomes mirrored in Rose s own life as she becomesanddrawn to William and the two develop a deep connection to each other despite William s marital status In 1570 s Venice we follow the story of Giovanni and his forbidden love affair with a courtesan named Chiara that is set against the backdrop of the Ottoman Venetian War I rather enjoyed this romantic novel with a distinct historical fiction aspect I found myself very invested in both timelines and for much of the book I was unsure as to how events would pan out and was therefore incredibly eager to get to the end so I would know everything I especially was completely blindsided by a late plot development in the 1570s timeline that sent me reeling The book essentially gives us two forbidden love stories that are forbidden for different reasons and it s the contrast between both that makes for thought provoking reading.I felt that the current timeline following Rose and her interactions with William was perfectly played In what could be described as somewhat of a risky move for such a romance heavy novel, this timeline toyed with the idea of infidelity and what it truly means to love someone I was very much touched by Rose s loneliness and truly felt her longing for somethingin life I also really loved the inclusion of Rose s family storyline especially her interactions with her sister it helped to flesh out Rose as a character and added to my ability to empathise with her plight I was less of a fan of William because hello You re married you douchebag BUT this made him all thecompelling to read about as I liked seeing his flaws and struggles even though I morally disapproved of his actions In the 1570s timeline I felt the backstory was a littledifficult to follow I had limited knowledge of the Ottoman Venetian War prior to reading this book and at times I really wish I had knownas I m sure I would have felt a little less lost I especially found it difficult to understand the roles of the key players within the war scenario and felt that the book needed to be a little clearer as to what the function role motivation personality of each of the supporting characters was One such character was Corvino So many tines I was unsure what was allegory and what was truly occurring when he made his on page appearances However, I really did enjoy the love story between Chiara and Gio I m not sure how historically accurate it would have been to have had a courtesan be as educated as Chiara was but it worked in this book I really liked how she seemed to be so sure of herself, was really witty and smart, and certainly wasn t a shrinking violet In many ways Chiara was the type of woman that present timeline Rose was trying to become And Gio loved him I liked how he had this almost innocent quality to him He gave his heart so openly and freely to Chiara and it just gave me all the warm feels Overall this was a good book that I would happily recommend to peopleinterested in love stories rather than historical fiction and adventure 3.5 starsAn e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Publishing 11th June 2020, TrapezeForreviews and book related chat check out my blogFollow me on TwitterFriend me on Goodreads

  2. Celia says:

    Two time frames, linked together by one ancient book a book that needs to be restored.Present day, New Haven Ct William Lomazzo, while going through his deceased grandmother s belongings, finds a book written by Giovanni Lomazzo He takes it to Rose Newlin, a book store owner and book restorer She begins to restore it and obtains translation As a result of this restoration and its review, William and Rose are attracted to each other Rose is single, but William is married ah, an unfortuna Two time frames, linked together by one ancient book a book that needs to be restored.Present day, New Haven Ct William Lomazzo, while going through his deceased grandmother s belongings, finds a book written by Giovanni Lomazzo He takes it to Rose Newlin, a book store owner and book restorer She begins to restore it and obtains translation As a result of this restoration and its review, William and Rose are attracted to each other Rose is single, but William is married ah, an unfortunate complication.Late 16th Century, Venice, Italy Giovanni Lomazzo, a real person who existed, is commissioned by Sebastiano Venier also a real person to do a portrait of Chiara, Venier s courtesan The artist and the courtesan fall in love and must keep their liaison as secret as possible.The dual timeline is educational and entertaining Present day CT bookstore vs Venice of the 1570 s Real people are named with real events Battle of Leponto is at least one of the real events The battle was engaged to free a colony of Venetians on Cyprus from the Turks The book is slow reading for me because I keep stopping to look things up on Wikipedia.The author provides a Note from the Author when the book is complete It is a beautifully written note and explains very clearing the author s motivations in writing this book It also makes some sense of what is historically happening in 1571 and also why she picked an Ivy League college city Yale is the college in which to locate the present day story.The product of my research revealed the following Venier was married to a woman named Cecilia His marriage is never mentioned in Deroux book But Deroux did cleverly include Cecilia as the maid servant of Chiara.I did have a problem with some of Deroux similes She just seemed to be trying too hard to impress.I did like the book and treasure what I have learned both about book restoration and the Venice of 1571.4 stars

  3. Annette says:

    Present day Connecticut Rose, a book restorer, is approached by a struggling painter William Lomazzo to restore a book about art by Giovanni Lomazzo.Renaissance Venice Giovanni Lomazzo is commissioned by Sebastiano Venier to paint his courtesan Chiara Venier, a statesman, hopes to be appointed admiral if Venice is forced to go to war with the Ottoman Empire The win over Ottomans would give him the doge s seat, which he is hoping for.Meanwhile, the Ottomans are approaching the island of Cypru Present day Connecticut Rose, a book restorer, is approached by a struggling painter William Lomazzo to restore a book about art by Giovanni Lomazzo.Renaissance Venice Giovanni Lomazzo is commissioned by Sebastiano Venier to paint his courtesan Chiara Venier, a statesman, hopes to be appointed admiral if Venice is forced to go to war with the Ottoman Empire The win over Ottomans would give him the doge s seat, which he is hoping for.Meanwhile, the Ottomans are approaching the island of Cyprus Taking over Cyprus would give them a good position and help them to take over Venice.The first 25% of the story is very engrossing, introducing characters and historical background of powerful Venice vs Ottomans But then the story mostly evolves between two romantic relationships, set in dual timelines If you like reading romances, then this might be an interesting read for you But I was looking forward toof historical background of powerful Venice vs Ottomans, both sides fought for control of trading routs over Mediterranean Sea for centuries.There was also another aspect, which I enjoyed and maybe would not draw attention to others For a moment it touched upon the subject of some women being able to read in the 16th century, which back then was very rare It is a fact that Venetian courtesans of the time were the most educated women They were the only women allowed in the libraries, thus giving them access to all the books I d rather see this story as parallel with the modern day story, rather than romance.Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  4. Lilisa says:

    This is an intriguing and immersive historical fiction straddling two timelines current day in New Haven, Connecticut and 1571 in Venice, Italy Rose Newlin owner of a bookstore, she s also a book restorer In walks William Lomazzo, an artist, who brings with him an old document found at the bottom of his great grandmother s trunk The document turns out to be a palimpsest dated Venezia 1571 Back in the late Renaissance, Venice is bracing itself for the onslaught of the advancing Ottoman army This is an intriguing and immersive historical fiction straddling two timelines current day in New Haven, Connecticut and 1571 in Venice, Italy Rose Newlin owner of a bookstore, she s also a book restorer In walks William Lomazzo, an artist, who brings with him an old document found at the bottom of his great grandmother s trunk The document turns out to be a palimpsest dated Venezia 1571 Back in the late Renaissance, Venice is bracing itself for the onslaught of the advancing Ottoman army Giovanni Lamazzo, a well known brilliant artist of the day, has been commissioned to paint Chiara, a favorite courtesan, of powerful military commander Sebastiano Vernier But love cannot be put in a box and Giovanni and Chiara find themselves in dangerous waters as Venice simmers with intensity and desperation as the Ottoman army advances imminently closer Back to present day, the Rose William connection threatens to take shapebut clearly plays second fiddle to the first, for all the right reasons This was a very enjoyable read that kept me immersed and engrossed in the storyline, particularly the sixteenth century one Intrigue, a bit of mystery, history, culture, and a bit of romance all swirled together for a nice interlude I d definitely recommend it This was a perfect book to distract one from the realities of everyday life current day COVID 19 Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book

  5. Diane Standish says:

    Publish date June 20, 2020Thank you netgalley and ballantinebooks for the opportunity to read and review this delightful book This story unfolds in the present time and in 1571 Venice Rose is a book restorer who has been engaged by William an artist to restore a tome found in his grandmother s belongings As she begins to restore the fragile vellum, she finds it s a palimpsest At the same time she finds herself drawn to William each time he visits The story also unfolds in Venice wh Publish date June 20, 2020Thank you netgalley and ballantinebooks for the opportunity to read and review this delightful book This story unfolds in the present time and in 1571 Venice Rose is a book restorer who has been engaged by William an artist to restore a tome found in his grandmother s belongings As she begins to restore the fragile vellum, she finds it s a palimpsest At the same time she finds herself drawn to William each time he visits The story also unfolds in Venice where Gio, an artist and William s ancestor , is engaged to create a painting for a wealthy patron s courtesan, Chiara, whose beauty immediately captures his heart and imagination The author does a fine job weaving each story together as the book progresses I felt as if I were in Venice and in Rose s restoration room I loved the authors use of language to create the atmosphere of each chapter I highly recommend this book

  6. Nikki says:

    I am in the minority here, it seems Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time connecting to this story I think the overall concept is great, but I struggled with the pace of the book and just could not make a connection to the characters This was a DNF for me I stopped and started and stopped and started several times before finally realizing this was not the book for me I think many readers will enjoy it it just wasn t a hit for me.That said, the cover is GORGEOUS and the overall idea is I am in the minority here, it seems Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time connecting to this story I think the overall concept is great, but I struggled with the pace of the book and just could not make a connection to the characters This was a DNF for me I stopped and started and stopped and started several times before finally realizing this was not the book for me I think many readers will enjoy it it just wasn t a hit for me.That said, the cover is GORGEOUS and the overall idea is intriguing.Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. Rachel says:

    The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux is an excellent dual timeline historical fiction that alternates between current day Connecticut and Venice during the Renaissance period around 500 years prior during a time of unrest I loved this book for several reasons 1 I love the flowery, descriptive, and beautifully placed prose that gave me the ability to actually feel as if I was right there with the characters in both time periods The imagery that was created for me was breathtaking.2 I The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux is an excellent dual timeline historical fiction that alternates between current day Connecticut and Venice during the Renaissance period around 500 years prior during a time of unrest I loved this book for several reasons 1 I love the flowery, descriptive, and beautifully placed prose that gave me the ability to actually feel as if I was right there with the characters in both time periods The imagery that was created for me was breathtaking.2 I loved the unique storyline, time period, and location Not very many books cover Venice at this time at least that I have read This was the initial draw for me to want to delve into this book 3 Yes, this is a dual timeline, however despite the half century and continental difference, I found so many similarities between the two couples their difficult circumstances, their sacrifices, the emotional roller coasters, the attraction and passion all experiencedthese facts helped tie each set of characters and stories together 4 The author s ability to interweave two great storylines, add mystery, intrigue, and moments of unrest, romance, and tie them together for a satisfying and appropriate ending is most definitely impressive I found that it didn t matter if I was reading between Rose William Lucas or Chiari Gio, I found that either story elicited interest, sadness, happiness, and frustration I wanted the bad guys to get what was well deserved, and I wanted at least a somewhat satisfy ending I truly did like Rose and I wanted for her to find her place in this world I really felt that the author did a great job creating those endings for me as the reader, and I am impressed that a story this intricate could keep me enraptured throughout Very impressive This is a great book that held my attention from beginning to end.5 5 starsThank you NetGalley and Random House Ballantine Books for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to myand BN accounts upon publication

  8. Chelsie says:

    Rose enjoys her quiet life at the book shop, although still grieving the death of her father A handsome man comes in from the rain with an unexpected package, he need Rose to restore it if possible Although he wants to be kept up to date of her progress and findings She cannot wait to dive into what appears to be a very old diary As she starts doing her work, she realizes it has areas that were scrapped away and that it looks like a dairy as well as a guide to painting She can pick out word Rose enjoys her quiet life at the book shop, although still grieving the death of her father A handsome man comes in from the rain with an unexpected package, he need Rose to restore it if possible Although he wants to be kept up to date of her progress and findings She cannot wait to dive into what appears to be a very old diary As she starts doing her work, she realizes it has areas that were scrapped away and that it looks like a dairy as well as a guide to painting She can pick out words here and there shadow, light and whatnot but she has to send it off for translation She turns a page, and uncovers a portrait of a beautiful woman Who is she It doesn t appear as this was part of the original book, but stuck between the pages For as much as she was trying to put off contacting William, she must now Giovanni is a portrait artist, who has just been commission to paint a beautiful woman During this Renaissance era, they are on the brink of war with the Ottoman Fleet and Giovanni, himself is running out of time Can he capture this beautiful woman, in all her glory Her personality and the secrets she holds Will the others be able to see what he can see when he is done As the translations come back, piece by piece, Rose and William are astonished to learn all that was happening to Giovanni and at times it addsquestions than answers They hold a powerful book in their hands, and cannot wait to find out the truth of everything hidden within its pages.A very well written novel I really enjoyed how the two storylines were woven together and what the diary brought forth in the truth of the matter of things, for the characters Thank you to Goodreads, and Ballantine Books for the arc

  9. Victoria Rodríguez says:

    This book is uniquely intriguing in which it utilizes two timelines, one from the past and one from the present In the present, the book narrates the story of Rose, a young woman who lives in Connecticut who dedicates her time to restore antique books Her work has been a form of escape ever since an illness took her father One day she meets William Lomazzo, a painter who carries with him a piece of art from the 16th century in perfect condition Rose identifies the pages of the palimpsest and This book is uniquely intriguing in which it utilizes two timelines, one from the past and one from the present In the present, the book narrates the story of Rose, a young woman who lives in Connecticut who dedicates her time to restore antique books Her work has been a form of escape ever since an illness took her father One day she meets William Lomazzo, a painter who carries with him a piece of art from the 16th century in perfect condition Rose identifies the pages of the palimpsest and immediately starts the restoration process The other timeline is set during the Renaissance Era in Venice, Giovanni Lomazzo is an artist who struggles to earn a living from creating art However, a possible war against the Ottomans is looming, so the military presence has alarmed the young artist One day he is commissioned to paint the adorable courtesan of one of the most respected commanders Giovanni is amazed at her beauty, it is almost impossible to stop the vivid attraction he feels for her It is interesting how the author develops the two stories since it demonstrates the complications of the two time periods Rose s passion for discovering the contents of the palimpsest makes this a magnificent book Rose and William exchange experiences and knowledge, which makes their friendship very enjoyable I loved Giovanni s personality because he is an artist who does not pay attention to people s prejudices He is very observant and loves to draw his own conclusions It is a very well written book, I loved the classical music references, I felt completely immersed in this story that I couldn t stop reading it until the end Amazing book Margaux Deroux I thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review

  10. Cheryl says:

    It did take a little while to get into this story but then I was gripped and just had to find out what happened The timelines are linked by the discovery of the diary There were many detailed descriptions of the scenes, whether it was the tools Rose used for her restorative work or the sights and sounds of Venice The tension was palpable as the build up to the sea battle was described Some of the events were historically accurate and these were woven successfully into the story and the affec It did take a little while to get into this story but then I was gripped and just had to find out what happened The timelines are linked by the discovery of the diary There were many detailed descriptions of the scenes, whether it was the tools Rose used for her restorative work or the sights and sounds of Venice The tension was palpable as the build up to the sea battle was described Some of the events were historically accurate and these were woven successfully into the story and the affect it had on the fictional characters Giovanni Lomazzo was the artist from the 16th century and was losing his sight He was smitten by Chiara, the courtesan of an important man, Venier Rose, in the present day, was working on the project for William, also an artist They felt a special connection but William was married with children There was so much to this story and it will be one that I will remember for a long time I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it All thoughts and opinions are my own

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *