I've been reading some great books this summer, a few no finishes, and others merely okay. This novel merits one of my lately infrequent posts with recipe, as recently there doesn't seem to be enough time or energy in my life for more blogging. You do what you can. A great book here, and can you really go wrong with Rhys Bowen? Don't believe I have. Her novels are usually winners and The Venice Sketchbook is no exception.
A tale of star crossed lovers, mystery with romance, of course delectable Italian food, art and history. Juliet Browning visits Venice as a young lady on tour with her elderly aunt along as guide and chaperone. Despite whose oversight, she meets up with a charming young Venetian on that first trip. Then on later trips, she serendipitously encounters him again. In La Serenissima, a love that's meant to be. There are severe obstacles however, or we wouldn't have a story. Alternating with her pre war and wartime experiences we have her great niece Caroline's POV, many years later, when she receives a strange legacy from her Aunt Lettie. A lovely story within a story.