Every once in a while, I get into the mood for a really great historical fiction novel. I love the way that some authors are able to seamlessly blend real facts with their imagination to create something amazing. Christi Phillips is one of those amazing authors.
The book follows two women. One woman, Claire, is writing her thesis, and she travels to Italy to investigate a secret letter written to the Venetian Council to warn them that the Spanish are going to attempt to take over. If she can prove that this letter is real, and if she can figure out how this mysterious woman came to learn this information, she can change the history books forever. She may just be trying to get her degree, but she is uncovering a huge part of history that so many before her missed.
The woman who wrote the letter was Alessandra Rossetti. She was a courtesan who lived during the early 1600s. She gets her start from another very famous courtesan that teachers her the tricks of the trade. From there, she gets very wealthy doing what she does. However, the men she gets involved with drag her into their schemes, and she has to find some way out.
There’s romance, mystery, murder, and even a little love throughout the story, and I love the way it was written. Bouncing back and forth from current times to such a distance part of history really draws you in. You find yourself sucked into these two different worlds, and you never want to come back.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction. This book also has some really strong female characters, which is hard to find in today’s world. These women are great role models for anyone who wants to do something, even if there is a ton of opposition.
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!