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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Drea's Review: Venice in the Moonlight

Title: Venice in the Moonlight
Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Format: e-book
Source: author
Release Date: October 2nd 2013
Publisher: N/A
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
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Rating: 3-stars
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Drea's Review:
I received this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Despondent from his wife’s death, Marietta’s father marries her off to the first willing wealthy man. 15-year-old Marietta discovers her new husband an abusive lecher with an interest in teenage girls. So when he dies from a bad batch of lamb four years later, she’s not terribly upset. But making her way on her own is scary, especially when she discovers her father is dead…and may have been murdered. A broken axel throws Marietta into another wealthy lech's company. Nico confounds Marietta with his sweet behavior on one hand and playboy ways on the other. But soon she discovers he’s nothing like her dead husband.

I had a hard time getting into this story. I found Marietta a bit unsympathetic at the beginning, partially because the reader is only told how bad the husband was rather than being shown it. We see only that he flirts with a maid and eats lamb unattractively. The mother-in-law was the villain for me rather than the husband. So I found Marietta’s behavior toward the husband’s corpse a bit unforgivable. Perhaps if we'd been shown his horror instead of witnessing only his lechery, it would have been easier to swallow.

Once Marietta begins her detective work, and runs into the hero Nico at every turn, the story is much better. She’s more sympathetic at that point (though she is still doing some questionable things to further her ends). Nico is a decent hero. Without him, I don’t think I’d have kept reading because the mystery of her father’s death didn’t engage me.


  1. I also have a hard time with unsympathetic characters!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. This sounded like it could have been interesting, but I totally get you. I'ts hard to really like a book when you can connect and understand the characters, in this case the heroine. I'd never guessed this was a HR by that cover.
    Excellent review, short sweet and to the point. When I grow up I want to write just like you :)

    1. The cover isn't too bad considering I think it might be self-published. Affordable, decent stock photos are hard to come by, let alone historical ones!
      And aww, thanks. I'm still learning the reviewing ropes.

  3. This is why I don't read YA historicals because there's no such thing! Look at Marietta, married off at 15... anyway, sorry to hear you didn't connect much with them all.

    1. *smacks her head* I totally screwed up. She gets married at 15 but the story starts like 5 years later. So this would be historical NA ;)

  4. ah..... yeah I understand why you didn't get into it