Monday, August 22, 2011

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Thanks to some nice condo owners a month ago, I was able to enjoy this author's The Botticelli Secret, so I've been waiting for this novel for weeks via interlibrary loan. I wasn't disappointed, although I think the Botticelli novel is sexier and more exciting.

Leonora is a freshly divorced American looking to find herself in her past. She's a glassmaker and decides to head to the land of her father in Venice, Italy. The glassmakers of Murano are famous, but she is taken on mainly because of her family name--Manin. Her ancestor was one of the greatest glassblowers of his time, but his possible treason against his city causes grief for modern-day Leonora. In Venice, Leonora finds love, her past, and her future. Oh, big sigh! It's historical fiction and modern-day romance, all tied into one novel.

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