Casanova’s Secret Wife by Barbara Lynn-Davis
Set in eighteenth-century Venice and based on an actual account by Giacomo Casanovaóhere is a lush tale of desire and risk.
Caterina Capreta was an innocent girl of fourteen when she caught the attention of the worldís most infamous chronicler of seduction: Giacomo Casanova. Intoxicated by a fierce love, she wed Casanova in secret. But his shocking betrayal inspired her to commit an act that would mark her forever Ö
Now twenty years later on the island of Murano, the woman in possession of Caterinaís most devastating secret has appeared with a request she cannot refuse: to take in a noble-born girl whose scandalous love affair resembles her own. But the girlís presence stirs up unwelcome memories of Caterinaís turbulent past. Tested like never before, she reveals the story of the man she will never forget.
Bringing to life a fascinating chapter in the history of Venice, Casanovaís Secret Wife is a tour de force that charts one womanís journey through love and loss to redemption.
Almost everything I knew about Casanova before reading this was from Heath Ledger’s movie. So not much… I did know he has written books about his conquests.
Knowing that I was somewhat cynical about the romance between Caterina and Casanova and I just kept waiting for her to realize what kind of man he was. And he did love her but he fell in and out of love very quickly. But she was 14 years old and very naïve. Which was little surprising considering who her brother was and how he behaved…
I liked the older and wiser Caterina who agrees to take care of a young woman who reminds her of herself 20 years ago. The abbess who asks this favor is an old enemy of hers and we learn the story there. And another side of Caterina too.
I enjoyed the book despite some problems with the romance and I can’t wait for the author’s next book.
Published: Kensington Books (July 25, 2017)
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Barbara Lynn-Davis graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history. She then worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and later spent a year there while completing her Ph.D. in Renaissance art at Princeton University.
She currently teaches art history and writing at Wellesley College, and lives outside Boston with her family.
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