The Lost Diary of Venice

The Lost Diary of Venice Review

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 Connecticut.

In 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 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 instantly.

Five 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 city.

Spellbound 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.

Title:The Lost Diary of Venice
Edition Language:English

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  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    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 writt...

  • Celia

    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 bo...

  • Annette

    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 commission...

  • Lilisa

    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...

  • Diane Standish

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐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 Venic...

  • Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Rose Newlin is a book restorer in a small college town whose life has been in stasis after the death of her father. But when William Lomazzo, an artist who Rose is instantl...

  • Nikki

    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...

  • Andi Lutz

    A picturesque novel of two love stories in two different time periods.William meets Rose when he brings a book to her to be restored. That book forms a bond between the two and illustrates a forbidden...

  • Rachel

    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 p...

  • Chelsie

    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? ...