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The Venetian Mask A Novel ❴PDF❵ ✈ The Venetian Mask A Novel Author Rosalind Laker – Enduring friendships and long held vendettas come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth century VeniceIn 1775 Venice–known to outsiders as “the brothel of Europe”–the traditio Mask A ePUB ↠ Enduring friendships and long held vendettas come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth century VeniceIn Venice–known to outsiders as “the brothel of Europe”–the tradition of mask wearing has allowed adultery and debauchery to flourish But Marietta and Elena two dear friends at the Ospedale della Pietà a world famous orphanage and music school for girls know little of that milieu–until they come of age Elena is forced to wed the head of the Celano clan a jealous The Venetian eBook ✓ brutal man while Marietta marries Domenico Torrisi whose family vendetta with the Celanos is centuries old Tradition dictates that the friends should never speak again but their bond is too strong to break As the French Revolution unsettles all of Europe Elena’s husband frames Domenico and he becomes a political prisoner Marietta and Elena plot to save him and the women discover that Venetian masks have noble purposes too–but will their efforts put their own lives at riskEmbodying the glitter and Venetian Mask A PDF/EPUB ë the treachery of the city it portrays The Venetian Mask will keep you turning pages long into the night.

10 thoughts on “The Venetian Mask A Novel

  1. Amy Bruno Amy Bruno says:

    My love affair with Rosalind Laker began after reading To Dance with Kings What a wonderful novel And while I liked The Venetian Mask I do agree with other reviewers that her novels have a bit of a pattern to them However we are also in agreement that it doesn't make the story less for it The story starts off slow but no worries it does pick upLaker transports the readers to 18th century Venice; see the majestic palaces that rise from the water along the Grand Canal experience the decadence and licentiousness of The Carnival and feel surrounded by the musicahhthe sweet music The gondoliers with their booming voices often accompanied by violins or flutes the street bands that played in the suares and the angelic voices of the Pieta girls Obviously venetian masks feature heavily in the story; the making of them we see through the eyes of Marietta and the various misdeeds that can be done while hiding underneath were uite intriguing All in all The Venetian Mask is a good read

  2. Natasa Natasa says:

    This spellbinding story of friendship and perseverance kept me riveted The strength that Marietta exhibits throughout the story is inspiring and gives an interesting perspective on women of this time period The city of Venice—with its extraordinary customs political intrigue and Carnival—serves as an exuisite stage and I love how the author has woven the culture of Venice into the story itself 

  3. Fran Fran says:

    Great book about life in Venice cerca 1700 Teh book concentrates on two girls raised in an orphanage and schooled in music They grow and marry two opposing families The story is chock full of adventure and thick plots Very good read especially if you enjoy descriptions of Venice the way it use to beMerged reviewI love reading historical fiction and since this is a far cry from that it does show you Venice in the late 1700s taking many libertiesthe Pietadoes existor at least did as it was portrayed in the book It is a very romantic historical account about a girl who was brought to an orphanage in Venice when her mask making mother took ill and died Marietta met and befriended Eleana in the orphanage and the two of them ended up marrying the Hatfield adn MacCoys The story takes you through Marietta's life in the orphanage to become a prima donna singer and then into her marriage into nobility in the Venice of the 1700svery good book and it kept my interest even through the romantic nonsense entwined with the historic viewpoints of that era

  4. Rusty Rusty says:

    This is a wonderful read about two friends in 1775 Venice Both are singers who must marry wealthy men Remember that women have few rights and privileges in this era However the men the friends marry are vicious enemies For Elena whose love dies from illness just prior to their marriage marriage to his brother Filippo is a nightmare He is cruel abusive and jealous For Marietta who loses her first love to another through deceit her marriage to Domenico Torrisi is all she could ever hope to have The two friends find it difficult to keep in touch because of the feuding of their husbands' families yet the friendship perseveres Life for both becomes very complicated as the tale moves on I truly enjoyed this book

  5. Tahsina Syeda Tahsina Syeda says:

    Read this novel in a Reader's Digest Condensed collection when I was a kid and it left a lasting impression A Gothic novel set in the glittering glamorous ugly world of Venice

  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker is a dramatic and romantic novel about two orphaned girls who reside in the famous Ospedale Della Pieta The Pieta is renowned for its beautiful and innocent girls who are presented to society through their music and artistic talents Marietta and Elena as they reach adulthood each engage in personal and often devastating pursuits for love all the while maintaining that cherished and long lasting friendship that they have createdLike many other romance novels I am left feeling utterly confused by this book I both love and hate it I love the sweeping romances the implausible plot lines and the daring schemes which occur However I did not enjoy the writing nor did I find the characters particularly believable Rosalind tends to narrate the book in the viewpoint of whomever is most important to the plot However as these perspectives are not segmented into chapters there is often a uick and random switch to other characters which can not only get incredibly confusing but also annoying By knowing other characters thoughts an element of mystery is also lost as key moments are divulged to the reader without a focus on suspense The characters also could have been written with flaws Although that may sound bitter especially as all females are explained as being impossibly beautiful there is something to be said about being normal However all four of the main characters are popular for their beauty or their hair or some other characteristic which has men dying over them With the knowledge that they are beautiful it's difficult to see any real personal development occur about their bodies as everything is always connected to a lover's opinion on beauty or a tragedy of sickness As these are young girls it was strikingly odd to read about characters who felt absolutely convinced that they were beautifulI also thought that her portrayal of them was really strange Rosalind definitely tries to make them seem uite individual feminist and strong willed However a lot of what happens and the way that they interact with others around them does not seem to encourage this view point The women's dependency on male attention is incredibly evident especially as their inability to refuse attention from higher classed men often leads them into horrifying situations While I understand that they are repressed and such being women in that time period their endless pursuit for love and attention by men makes them seem almost needy and desperate The plot lines were also very familiar territory and I did not really feel that the authoress took a chance with her story It was very much the unhappy wife the barren woman the disappointed lover or the pinning young gentlemen While she pulled these stories off uite well it would have been interesting to have included the rawer side of Venice as in the prostitutes smugglers and thieves By focusing so intently on the nobility it was almost a disconnect from the fact that there were other sides to the floating city While she made it very clear that the nobility were heavily flawed she did not venture past that class and into the poorer regions which would have been really interesting However as a lover of Venice who had just returned from the city I was really drawn into the book by the authoress's ability to create atmosphere or really enrich the scene with her explanations of scenery She uite romantically builds a scene of the city Although I really enjoyed her explanations of the city and the plot lines that although predictable were entertaining I don't think I can give this book any higher then a two star rating As the rating states 'it was okay' but I can definitely see the flaws in it

  7. Liz Liz says:

    Set in 18th century Venice this novel is about three orphaned girls who grow up together at a special charity music school called the Ospedale della Pieta They are all brilliant musicians but instead of pursuing their careers they decide to try their chances at love and making babies In the process many Tragic and Dramatic Things happen including but not limited to blood feuds sudden and inexplicable deaths false imprisonments treachery and treason pregnancy cover ups and dungeons and they must rely on their bond with each other to carry onThis book had just about every over used melodramatic trope it possibly could have had You could see the plot twists coming from a mile away and the characters left a lot to be desired The good ones were all strong gorgeoushandsome and could do no wrong and the bad ones were all bad just for the sake ofbeing bad The three women were very much put upon merely because they were women and I think the author was trying to make a point about the unfairness of society at that time which is a valid point but it got old There was sex scene fail here too I believe at one point there may have been reference made to a golden stallion but I have blocked it from my mindIn other words it was pretty much a typical romance novel It was very sappyAt the same time I kept reading it although I can't exactly say why It was an entertaining kind of bad And the setting was interesting I think if the characters had been complex the overall tone of the book had been less saccharine and the author had actually thrown in something unpredictable every now and then it could actually have been pretty good

  8. Lucy Pollard-Gott Lucy Pollard-Gott says:

    Rosalind Laker is fast becoming one of my favorite historical fiction authors I have also read her novel The House by the Fjord and I just started two others To Dream of Snowand This Shining LandThe Venetian Mask tells the story of two friends Marietta and Elena who grow up together in the Ospedale de la Pieta an orphanage and music school Their romantic lives entangle them in feuding families The story follows them over several decades as their personal trials and struggles intersect with the political life of Venice in the late 18th century through the arrival of Napoleon's forces during the Directory period in FranceA uniue feature of the book is the detailed information about the business of making ornate masks that truly concealed identities not only at Carnival time but all through the year This practice of mask wearing facilitated the intrigues that were already common to Venetian life and Marietta who came from a family of skilled mask makers is ideally suited to playing a pivotal role among the nobility and bureaucrats who wished to buy them and hide behind themThe prose is smoothly and skillfully written and the story is well paced and suspenseful with plenty of risk and danger The two women's friendship is a constant emotional thread binding their disparate fates

  9. Kathleen DuVall Kathleen DuVall says:

    I'm not sure why I kept passing this on my reading list at the library but I did for several months Previously having read and enjoyed The Golden Tulip it just didn't make sense Maybe I just needed a break from historical fiction Regardless I finally cracked open the ebook and started and once I got into it I realized I should never have passed it over It was a wonderful story of intrigue deceit pain love longing and happy endings It highlighted the strength of bonds formed through difficult times and the power of love to sustain Interestingly I also learned a lot about The Carnival of Venice and the practice of wearing different kinds of masks in normal society of the 1700's In doing Google searches as I read about things in the book I found some of the most beautiful masks and costumes that are still being made today If ever I make it to Venice still on my bucket list I would love to see Carnival

  10. Tamara Tamara says:

    The plot described in the jacket copy of this novel doesn't even come into play until past the half way point I felt that it was much romance than historical fiction so I felt I had been misled I was disappointed and felt that it was simplistic

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