Casanova’s Secret Wife by Barbara Lynn-Davis
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 304 Pages
Set in eighteenth-century Venice and based on an actual account by Giacomo Casanova—here is a lush tale of desire and risk.
Caterina Capreta was an innocent girl of fourteen when she caught the attention of the world’s 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 …
Now twenty years later on the island of Murano, the woman in possession of Caterina’s 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 girl’s presence stirs up unwelcome memories of Caterina’s 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, Casanova’s Secret Wife is a tour de force that charts one woman’s journey through love and loss to redemption.
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Praise for Casanova’s Secret Wife
“Lynn-Davis admirably incorporates historical detail into this page-turning drama of mystery, love, and loss….Yet the standout is her depiction of Casanova – Lynn-Davis clearly enjoys crafting a real-life character who stands apart from the legend, making him the book’s most enduring character.” – Publishers Weekly
“Lynn-Davis debuts with a fascinating story based on the notorious lover Giacomo Casanova’s writings. With Venice as the romantic backdrop and young love as its focus, this stunning tale of passion, betrayal and redemption is a richly woven tapestry of Casanova’s early life. By bringing little known history to life, Lynn-Davis delivers an unforgettable love story, centering not only on Casanova, but two women who share the beauty of love and the pain of loss; one will find salvation and the other true happiness.”- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Full of passion and rich historical detail . . . an enthralling read, impossible to put down.” –Phyllis T. Smith, bestselling author
“This is Venice beneath the mask: A dark and fascinating love story hiding in the shadows of the golden city.” –Marina Fiorato, bestselling author of The Glassblower of Murano
“Seductive and unforgettable” –Harmony Verna, author of Daughter of Australia
“Breathtaking, beautiful . . . will mesmerize readers.” –Rosanna Chiofalo, author of Stella Mia
My Review: Some of my very favorite books are those about one’s wanderings, one’s adventure through life. Our past, our experiences…all of these make who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. Casanova’s Secret Wife blends historical fiction with the journey of a young woman, and creates a story that is hard to forget.
The story takes place in 18th century Venice, from the perspective of Caterina Capreta; a young woman who meets the infamous Casanova, and…temporarily…wins his heart. Barbara Lynn-Davis creates a rich cast of characters, all of whom I loved getting to know. My favorite part of the book, perhaps, is seeing Venice through Caterina’s eyes. Such beautiful descriptors that brought all the sights and sounds easily to mind, and gave this reader a lovely escape to Italy for a time. A very enjoyable novel.
Bottom Line: Have you ever seen The Hobbit? “We’re going on an adventure!” Right? There you go. That’s Casanova’s Secret Wife.
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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