I could have written a summary myself but after you read my review you'd understand why I decided to go with the one on Goodreads.
Well this was a difficult read. It took some time and to be honest I didn't even finish the book. It is a book of two stories, two different times and cultures. That I liked.. The present retracing the past in an attempt to find out what happened is clever and I like clever with a hint of historical fiction. Alessandra Rossetti is a 17h Century Venitian courtesan who is tangled up in a high level espionage drama aka "The Spanish Consipracy". Claire Donovan is working on her dissertation and hopes to discover the exact role Alessandra played.
She unfortunately can't afford the trip. Gwen Fry is a teenager with a knack for causing trouble and in need of a chaperone to take her to her father in Europe. This brings them together and then leads them to Italy and this is as far as I got really. It was neither compelling or really worth it. I gave it my best shot...even skimming ahead a bit and found out both girls meet really attractive Italian stallions, which was a little too cliché pour moi.
The Italian words made it a bit difficult to read as my Italian is extremely basic. Even Alessandra fails to really come to life. Her narrative was far better than Claire's from the start but then it fell flat around the time I stopped and from my skimming never took off again. I wanted to enjoy this book...badly. I hated that I didn't finish but c'est la vie.
Verdict: A good start, mediocre middle and as a result I never finished. It has the makings of a good story/book but didn't really do it for me. I'm sure others have this book and had a much better experience...I didn't. I won't recommend it to anyone to be honest.
Author: Christi Phillips
Release Date: 3rd March,2008
Publishers: Pocket Books