The Gondola Maker

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The Gondola MakerThe Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical fiction

In 16th century Venice, gondola making is a proud profession.  Each boatyard is run by a family who passes down their style of craftsmanship to their sons.  Luca is learning the trade from his father but chafes under his domineering manner.  When the tension flares into violence, Luca is forced to flee and try to make a life away from the only business that he knows.

I loved this book from the first page.  The author set the scene and the mood so well that I was immediately caught up in the story and the time.  This is very well researched historical fiction where the plot isn’t the most important thing that you’ll take away from reading the book.  The history of Venice, the role of the gondoliers in society, and the prestige of the artists and costumers all come alive.

I was given a copy of this book to review as part of a book tour.  I also am able to give away a copy so another reader can discover this wonderful world.

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