4 stars – It is really really really fantastic!! I loved reading it!
A sweeping historical novel of composer and priest Antonio Vivaldi, a secret wealthy mistress, and their passion for music and each other
Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d’Amato adores music-except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family’s palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair.
Adriana’s father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, prominent member of Venice’s patrician class-and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, only complicates matters-but Vivaldi is a priest, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society. They both know their affair will end upon Adriana’s marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. The repercussions of his choice-and of Adriana’s own choices-will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined.
Spanning more than 30 years of Adriana’s life, Alyssa Palombo’s The Violinist of Venice is a story of passion, music, ambition, and finding the strength to both fall in love and to carry on when it ends.
**! Received an Advanced Readers Copy from publisher, but that in no way influenced my review**
The Violinist of Venice is a spin on the life of Antonio Vavaldi, a famous 18th century composure. I personally no nothing about classical music so I knew nothing about Vavaldi going into this book but that didn’t subtract from how much I enjoyed it! Alyssa takes a real life rumour about his life and expands on it to create a life spaning heart wrenching romance.
I would be very interested in reading what someone who loves classical music thought of this book. Proper (correct, technical? How do you refer to music ???) terms are used throughout this book. A lot of the time the terms went right over my head, but when the music was describe as feelings, I truly connected to the emotions of the pieces. I can imagine someone who loves classical music and knows Vavaldi’s work would really love this book!
I really liked reading from Adrianna’s POV. She is so talented and strong willed and made the book very enjoyable! However, she was very naive at the start of the book, with childlike trust that the world is going to turn out great for her. I loved reading this trait change as we progressed future into her life. The things she has to go through that shape her as a person are very accurate to what women went through in the 18th century.
My favourite character was by far Giuseppe, Adrianna’s life long friend. I’m a sucker for an unwavering loyal character and Giuseppe has that in spades! He was just the type of character that lightened the mood whenever he was around and because of that I really adored him!
This book contains ALL THE FEELS! Trust me, I read it through the night and could not keep a lid on my feels! The Violinist of Venice totally delivers on being an epic romance. (And just in case you were wondering, it isn’t erotic) which was a happy surprise for me!
I thought I was one hundred percent certain I knew the way this book was going to end but it took a really unexpected turn (maybe not if you’re aware of Vavldi’s life) but I think the ending was perfect for the book.
This was a brilliant debut romance by Alyssa Palombo, and I’ll be making sure to keep an eye out for her next book!!
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