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Considered useless by his cold-hearted father, Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, hides his pain behind gambling, drinking and womanizing.After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti returns to her hometown of Venice in hopes of starting a new life and finding the happiness that was missing in her forced marriage.When Fate throws theConsidered useless by his cold-hearted father, Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, hides his pain behind gambling, drinking and womanizing.After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti returns to her hometown of Venice in hopes of starting a new life and finding the happiness that was missing in her forced marriage.When Fate throws them together, friendship begins to grow into love until Marietta learns a Foscari family secret that may have cost her father his life. Now, she must choose between vengeance, forgiveness, and love.Elizabeth McKenna’s novel takes you back to eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal....

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Venice in the Moonlight Reviews

  • Aditi
    2019-05-07 03:56

    “This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty - this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.” --Paul Thomas Mann, German novelist, penned these words in his book Death in Venice. Turn back the clock to 18th century and find Venice as a lover's paradise, where every men end up with more than 1 lover in their lifetime in Venice and those carnivals where the masked men and women find each other equally. All these beauty has been strikingly portrayed by the author, Elizabeth McKenna, in her new novel,Venice in the Moonlight. This book portrays a beautiful love-story wrapped in a dark and terrifying thrilling mystery.A young widow, Marietta Gatti, was shunned from her in-laws house after her husband's death, and soon finds herself travelling back to Venice to her father, where she belonged. But en-route, she discovers that her father has died very recently and because of her evil mother-in-law, she never ever once could contact her father for once after her marriage. But reaching Venice, she finds out from her father's lover that her father was murdered by some powerful men. Meanwhile, Nico Foscari, the most famous womanizer and playboy of Venice, tries all his means to woo Marietta. But being reluctant and determined to find her father's killer and not to end up with a man like her deceased husband, she never pays heeds to his conquest. As Marietta digs deeper into her father's past, the more she invited danger to herself. After almost getting killed and losing Nico, she finally uncovers the real villain.Marietta was one hell of a determined and bravest woman. She even used to dress up herself into her father's clothes to spy on those powerful men. Not for once, she got distracted from her motive, even though Nico was driving her crazy. She fell hard for Nico's charms long time back, but she revealed that and always kept to herself. The author has depicted Marietta very strongly and beautifully. Also how remarkably she has illustrated the 18th century history in Venice, practices of dark forces, masked people escaping to the carnivals and those arts carved in each and every building. Capturing each and every moment so eloquently with her words is what makes the book an interesting read as well as a getaway for the readers to escape to this amazingly beautiful world. Adding to the surprising twists and turns completes the books as a page-turner. The book is highly intriguing, filled with passion, love, and a colourful carnival, reading which you are bound to lose yourself in this mist of dark mystery and a passionate love-story. Read this book and fall in love with Venice and travel into the past to uncover the mystery.Thanks to the author, Elizabeth McKenna, for giving me an opportunity to read and review her book.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-21 06:58

    Review posted at: Swept Away By RomanceStory Rating ~ 4 StarsHero Rating ~ 4 StarsHeroine Rating ~ 4.5 StarsRomance Rating ~ 3 StarsHeat Level ~ 2.5 StarsEnding ~ 3 StarsOverall Rating ~ 3.5 StarsThe beginning of this story grabbed my interest right away and it also brought my emotions into play. I REALLY liked the heroine Marietta and I felt for her to the point that my eyes were tearing up.Marietta is married off against her will and her husband Dario is a total PIG! He's a drunk and often forces himself on her, and then beats her. He also bedded down all the younger servants, and did not even hide that fact from her, often flirting with the young women right in front of her. If that was not bad enough, her mother-in-law was a nasty piece of work, treating Marietta terribly. When her husband took ill and eventually died, Marietta was tossed out. Luckily her father-in-law took pity on her and settled her with a yearly wage.Marietta’s plan was to go,find her father and hopefully live with him again. On her travel to Venice she meets Nico, the hero who is also almost completely blind. He ends up helping her out of a bad situation. Once Marietta arrives in Venice, she finds out that her father died 2 months ago. She runs into her father’s last lover who explains that she believes her father was murdered. For a while there this book read more like a mystery rather than a romance. However, as the story unfolds, Marietta and Nico get closer and their friendship starts turning into something more. There was a long wait for the heat to turn up, which fit this book as it should. But when the heat finally did start up, it was not as hot as I was wanted it to be. This is just my personal preference, and I’m sure many romance readers would be fine with the scenes and descriptions that were offered. I do have to add that I thought the attraction between Marietta and Nico was very believable, and I thought they were absolutely perfect for each other.In the end, the villain was uncovered and I felt satisfied with what took place. The ending was happy but I’m wondering WHY the author did not bother with an epilogue. For me the story just ended too abruptly and as always, I feel that an epilogue with a glimpse into the near future would have gone a LONG way .Overall, I did enjoy this book. The H&h were both wonderful characters, as were some of the secondary characters that were added along the way. I really liked the story line; it kept me interested all the way through. *A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Hannah Fielding
    2019-05-13 04:42

    I’ve had this book on my ‘to read’ list for a while now, because I love Elizabeth’s writing and because I adore the setting: Venice. But I put off reading it until now because my last novel, The Echoes of Love, is also set in Venice, and I didn’t want to confuse myself in my writing. I’m so glad I kept hold of the book because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.There is so much emotion; from the opening, when we encounter the heroine trapped in a loveless and cruel marriage, I was so engaged that I could not put the book down. I very much liked Marietta, and her spirit in striking out alone in a man’s world and trying to seek justice for her father. So much passion and strength of character.Thank goodness the horrendous husband does not stick around for long in the story, leaving the path clear for Marietta to find someone new – something worthy of her. I really liked Nico, the man she falls in love with. He has steel in him, but his own struggle to fight as well: he is losing his eyesight, and is desperate to seek out a miracle cure. The Venetian setting is wonderful, so atmospheric and vivid that I could really imagine it in my mind as I read. I adored the use of Carnival masks, those iconic objects of beauty that allow all manner of subterfuge and passion. I also loved the cast of characters in Venice, which felt true to the time, especially Casanova. The Venice of 1753 that the author describes so well comes across as small, claustrophobic even, where everyone knew each other’s business and cunning and debauchery were rife. Art is important in the narrative. Marietta is distraught when her mother-in-law burns her paintings (a terrible moment), and her poor father had struggled to paint after his wife’s death. I very much enjoyed the references to art; and what better location for a story around art than Venice, which has inspired so many great artists in history?Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to those who, like me, love the city of Venice and are swept away by the intrigue and romance of the place, while also having a willingness to look beneath her beautiful, exotic mask to see what lies beneath.

  • Emily
    2019-05-04 10:51

    When Marietta married her husband, she believed it would not be a perfect marriage by any means, but the truth was any worse than she could possibly imagine. When he dies suddenly, Marietta is cast out. Marietta decides to return to Venice to find her father died under suspicious circumstances.Determined to find out the truth, Marietta begins to uncover what really happened. She is not alone in her effort though, she had met Nico on her travels. Nico is blind, but even without being able to see he supports Marietta in her investigation. As their feelings turn to something more both are finding they are leaning on one another more as they continue to find a path to a future, perhaps with one another.The first chapter blew me away, I felt so sorry for Marietta. The story itself is quite entertaining, you are not sure what is going to happen with Nico and Marietta as the story progresses. Entertaining read.

  • Laetitia (Flurried Thoughts)
    2019-05-10 03:00

    First off I didn't think i'd like this book so much! I just thought that it'd just be another cheesy and badly sewn together romance full of 'quick shadowed glances filled with desire'. Yes they annoy me. But Venice in The moonlight was certainly not 'one of those books'. It was very well written and I was soon sucked into the story. I loved the description in the novel, I could feel the rushing of the rivers and the myriads of emotions. And the romance oh the romance! I must admit that I wasn't truly into the novel until I was well into the investigation of the murder and the love story, but what a story it was.

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-05-21 10:41

    After the first paragraph I was hooked. The lavish setting in Venice during carnival is alluring and captivating. Marietta is a head strong woman and a virtuous character that instantly won my admiration. Nico is irresistible. He entices with every encounter and becomes the love and hero for both Marietta and the reader. An intriguing mystery develops that brings the story to another level. Absolutely loved this book! It's a historical, a mystery and a romance that peaks over and over again with every chapter. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-05-13 08:54

    This is one of those novels that draws you completely into the storyline and keeps you there throughout. I found myself walking in the main character’s shoes, living through the many trials that she found herself facing. This was a light, easy read that was simultaneously thought provoking and emotionally charged. McKenna’s descriptions paint a brilliant picture of Venice’s carnivale, leading you deeper and deeper into this remarkable world. Each and every aspect of the novel is developed fully and separately, yet drawn together to create a seamless whole that you can see and feel. It is a very well put together story with a well thought out storyline that will keep you enthralled throughout.The characters that McKenna presents throughout this tale are captivating and unique while still being real and realistic. I fell in love with both of the main characters. Each of them has not only a well-developed personality and physical appearance, but also a very well put together backstory. Not only the main characters, but rather everyone in the story fits into their place within the hierarchy of the times, perhaps pushing the envelope yet never stepping completely outside of it. You get to know everyone quite well throughout. Each person is developed to suit their role within the story. McKenna doesn’t bog her readers down with irrelevant details, but uses each and every word to the advantage of the spectacular story she has put forth.This book was definitely a complete escape from reality and from the everyday. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every second that I spent reading this fantastic novel. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Angela Ford
    2019-05-15 09:43

    Loved it!5.0 out of 5 stars Escape with a Great Read!, October 22, 2013By Angela Ford "Author of Closure" (Canada)This review is from: Venice in the Moonlight (Kindle Edition)Once in awhile you find that read that takes you away completely!Elizabeth McKenna's Venice in the Moonlight takes you back to the 18th century and keeps you there along Marietta's journey. An arranged unhappy marriage and the sudden death of her husband leaves her a young widow. One banished by her mother-in-law. She returns to Venice in hopes of re-uniting with her father. They had not spoke since her marriage. She is too late. Her father's death leaves her suspicious of murder. Finding love only to risk it because of what she discovers.The characters are real and vibrant. You come to know each of them personally through McKenna's talent of bringing them to life. The storyline is remarkable and believable. Each descriptive word McKenna uses pulls you into this story so you can see it, feel it.You will be happy you escaped with this wonderfully written story!

  • Slytherin Rose
    2019-05-05 06:52

    Genre: historical romanceAuthor: Elizabeth McKenna Book: Venice in the MoonlightMy Star Rating: 4 out of 5Will I read I read it again? YesI really enjoyed this read. I loved how the author mixed romance with mystery. I loved how she portrayed her characters and I loved them all. (Well except for the bad people in here) I really hated Marietta husband and his mother! The author did a wonderful job on this book because she made me feel things for the characters. I really wish I could tell you why!!But you will see once you read it :) The only complaint was that I really wish that the author would have done an Epilogue and finish the story so we know what happened in six months!I was given this book to read and give an honest review. This review is my honest opinion and I have fully read this book.

  • The CurvyJones
    2019-05-06 06:39

    Every week or so, I get an email from an author asking me to read and review their recently published novel. Most of the time I decline, either because my To Read stack is about to topple over and I don't have time, or the book doesn't seem to be in a genre that I would enjoy. I would hate to agree to read a book I don't have time to read, then skim through it and give a less than full effort review. This week I happened to be taking a bit of a respite from the books I agreed to read for NetGalley. I received an email from Ms. McKenna, asking if I would be interested in reading her historical romance. She also sent an excerpt of the first chapter and a bit of information about her protagonist, Marietta Gatti. This sadly happens so rarely with self published works but I was hooked from the excerpt alone. I'd already 'met' Marietta but the snippet introduced Dario, who was already unlikable on page one, and his insufferable mother, the elder Signora Gatti. I requested a review copy and when it came, I dug right in. I'm a big fan of historical romances, but often have a difficult time when they're not set in the US. So many of them take place in London in the 1800's and I just really can't relate. Venice in the Moonlight is set first in Verona, then Venice, Italy and I really had no trouble imagining the Gatti villa, then the more opulent Foscari estate, due to the author's great eye for detail-- simple, yet elaborate enough to paint a portrait in my mind. Marietta Gatti has just been released from the prison of her own marriage. Her abusive, philandering husband, Dario Gatti, died from food poisoning. Since she is no longer 'married', the elder Signora Gatti tosses her out into the street with a mere 6,000 Ducats annual to survive on. Marietta has no choice but to return to Venice, her hometown, and her father, to whom she hasn't spoken in five years. Not since, in his poor and destitute state, he forced her to marry Dario at 15. However, Marietta doesn't know that her father has already been dead two months. She arrives in Venice, rescued from a muddy carriage accident by the son of a Venice noble. Nico Foscari is a character-- almost completely blind from cataracts but never lacks for female companionship. He makes his interest in the young widow Gatti apparent. She rebuffs him at every turn but as she gets to know him, her resistance to him transforms into an effort to hold herself back before she throws herself into his arms. Mixed into this love story is a murder mystery. Marietta's father, a famous painter, didn't just die. He was killed. Why? And by whom? Marietta has to find out-- it's the least she can do, since her father died thinking that she hated him. This book was really well written throughout, held my attention save a few areas. I didn't really understand the alliance between Savio Foscari, Cassanova and the Consulate... something about Kabballah and saving Venice...I didn't get it. Then there was a duel that was oddly placed, Nico went away to see if he could have surgery to fix his eyes and the surgeon sent him home to think about it. If my romantic notions are at play here, I would have liked to see a surge into the future-- Nico being able to actually SEE Marietta, and his reaction to the beauty that he perceived her to be versus the beauty that she is. Also, since the author mentioned so many times that she'd buried two babies and longed for children, and there were love scenes with Marietta and Nico, I saw misplaced foreshadowing with Marietta ending up pregnant. Also, she's now with the head of the most influential, noble families in Venice... there was so much more story to be told and the book just... stops. Overall, however, Moonlight in Venice was a really enjoyable read. I found Marietta wise beyond her 20 years and Nico to be the type of hero for whom the reader's affection grows slowly. Great read, thanks for asking me to read and review it!

  • Ivyd
    2019-05-21 08:59

    VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT is refreshingly different in several ways. -The majority of historicals are usually set in England, Scotland, France, Rome, or Florence. Beautifully decadent, declining Venice, while not unique, isn’t the norm. It is, however, the perfect setting for Marietta and Nico’s tale. -Marietta isn’t typical. Widowed at twenty her marriage was far from happy. Marietta was abused by not only Dario, her husband, but also her mother in law. When Signora Gatti turns her out Marietta departs proudly in blue silk. She isn’t interested in a relationship or playing the coquette. She’s resilient, refuses to stay down, and independent. Unlike many historical heroines she has a skill to exploit. She’s determined to resolve the mystery surrounding her father’s death. Venice and Carnival allow her a freedom unlikely elsewhere.-Nico Foscari, son of one of the founding families of Venice. On the surface he bears a strong resemblance to Dario, a gentleman who spends his hours gambling, drinking, and bedding as many women as he can. Nico is also close friends with Casanova. There the similarity ends. Nico has been going blind since the age of sixteen. He’s simply living down to the standards expected of him. -While Marietta is beautiful to the eye Nico can only see her inner beauty. She’s been described to him but he’d be drawn to her regardless. Nico is seeing Marietta without the distraction of her appearance. This was one of my favorite aspects of VENICE IN THE MOONLIGHT. -The romantic progression is realistic and simple. No ton, no drawing room repartee, though Nico is very witty and charming. The lack of artifice is remarkably appealing.-There are no pages long, highly descriptive, love making scenes. To have added this would have been a grave disservice to Marietta and Nico. Often, less truly is more.Historical romance lovers looking for something different your search is over.Reviewed for Miss Ivy's Book Nook

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-30 06:57

    I won a copy of this book from First Reads.Rating: 2.5 starsSet in the 1700s, a young widow returns home to Venice to reconnect with her estranged father, only to discover that he has died under suspicious circumstances. Taking matters into her own hands, she begins looking into his death, only to discover that the father of the man she is falling for may be involved. This book was simply 'ok' in my opinion - oddly enough, that's the most accurate way to describe it. While I didn't hate it, I didn't love it either - I didn't get any strong emotions or feelings while reading it. I read it while on vacation, and it was a way to pass an afternoon on the beach. While this novel is set in 1700s Venice, I don't find it was 'historical fiction' in the true sense of the term. I would have liked more description and elaboration of Venice during that period. I did enjoy Marietta's investigation into her father's death, and I definitely wanted to find out what happened to him. But the unravelling of the mystery fell flat for me - the actual reason behind his murder seemed a little weak, and once the murderer was identified, the book basically ended. I just feel like there was room to make this novel pretty great, but it fell short of the mark.

    2019-04-26 02:45

    Set in Italy, 1753Trapped in a loveless marriage Marietta endures each day until her husband’s sudden passing. Put out by his parents she returns home to Venice to start over.Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, is consider worthless and useless by his heartless father. He spends his days and nights womanizing, gambling and drinking.Fate plays a hand by bringing this unlikely twosome together. But when Marietta finds out Nico’s father may have had something to do with her father’s death she needs to decide between vengeance or love.Dollycas’s ThoughtsI was blown away by Elizabeth McKenna’s book Cera’s Place so when she offered me a copy of this story I jumped at it. And again I was blown away.She takes us back in time and mixes mystery with romance flawlessly. The characters are dynamic. The way she describes time and place is just outstanding. This story just flows. My only complaint was I didn’t want it to end. I escaped right into the pages and didn’t want to leave.I hesitate to give too much away to the story. Let me just say there is a lot packed into these pages and you won’t be able to put it down. History, mystery and romance collide to make this book a PERFECT ESCAPE!!

  • Joanne Lewis
    2019-05-19 07:56

    As a lover of Venice, this book captured my interest from the outset. The fact it was set in the 18th century during Carnevale only added to the allure and by weaving in historical characters so closely linked with the city in Foscari and Casanova, there was both a real sense of magic and history in the tale.The only thing preventing a five star rating was that I found the idea of Marietta's night-time excursions into the homes of some of the wealthiest men in Venice slightly implausible, although I acknowledge that this did add to the intrigue of the story.The other main theme, that of her encounters with Nico, I found completely compelling. The way the two themes interlinked as the story progressed added to the suspense and enjoyment and for once in tales like this, the ending did not prove a disappointment. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

  • Blair McDowell
    2019-05-07 08:04

    This story of a young woman artist in eighteenth century Venice is entertaining and has some unusual twists, as for instance in the hero, who is blind. The pacing is fast moving and the characters are interesting. The plot — well, devil worshiping seems a bit out of place in this setting and at this time -- but hey, it’s fiction. The heroine, who is as often dressed in her father’s clothes as in dresses, is engaging. All in all, a quick and entertaining read. If I have any quibble it is that writers shouldn’t set books in locales they’ve visited only on Google. But perhaps I’m being unjust. It’s only that it is clear Venice is not a city with which McKenna is intimately familiar. And as a lover of that venerable city, I find certain discrepancies annoying. Still if you want moonlight and romance in 18th Century Venice during Carnival, here’s your chance.

  • Kelly Smitherman
    2019-05-01 05:48

    Thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a great, short read....but even though short in length it was still emotionally charged . This book had you feeling every emotion possible and both of the main characters pulled at your heart strings! Fell in love a little with Nico myself and I adored "Kitty. I loved the strongness of her character and was glad her spunk was still alive after all she has been through. This book was a great escape and I enjoyed every page of it. Although short in length and fast paced, the author did a wonderful job unfolding the story. It didn't feel rushed....but it dd leave me wanting more from the author!

  • Kristin
    2019-05-03 08:41

    I found Venice in the Moonlight written by Elizabeth McKenna to be a riveting and mysterious novel. She combines mystery, romance, vengeance, grief, and intrigue throughout the story. Her main character Marietta Gatti is revealed to be a strong, confident and courageous young woman who will go to any lengths to find the truth.The beautiful pictures she creates in mere words makes you feel like you are right in the setting along with the main characters.If you like romance and mystery, I highly recommend this book.

  • Krissy
    2019-04-30 07:08

    I read the whole thing in one sitting. An adult version of a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys style mystery. It grabed me from the first page and held me right to the end.

  • Heather
    2019-05-08 04:39

    I loved this short read. I only wished it was longer. Mckenna tells the story so vividly that you feel like you are there in the middle of everything. I would recommend it to everyone to read.

  • Kagama-the Literaturevixen
    2019-04-26 09:48

    The heroine Marietta is unhappily married to the womanizing and neglectful Dario Gatti who suddenly dies after eating bad meatAfter his death she is summoned and told unceremoniously by her horrible mother in law to get out.She will get an yearly allowance but she is no longer a part of their family. She was always hated by the Signora Gatti for not being good enough for her son and when she finds out the Signora has had all her paintings burned.Marietta says good riddance and leaves feeling she can finally be free.She decides to return to Venice to make peace with her estranged father but on the way the carriage she is travelling in gets stuck in mud and she and the other passengers are left stranded. Luckily another carriage belonging nobleman Nico Foscari arrives and invites the passengers to his familys villa. Marietta early on takes his measure and realize he is a bit of a rake and quite possibly a cad too. Albeit a charming and handsome one but still a rake who likes to throw around innuendos and try and discomfit her.And she then discovers that Nico is nearly blind and relies on his friend and former tutor to be his eyes (and sometimes his ears too)He likes to use his disability to throw other people off their guard as most people assume he is totally blind and therefore helpless. He is bitter about his blindness since it means he is dependent on other people and not being able to do something worthwhile with his life he tries to fill his time with women wine and cards. His own father considers him a failure and embarrasment.When Marietta finds out through Nico that her father has been dead for two months and it was stated to be a fatal accident. But something doesnt quite add up with this story and when she arrives in Venice and start to investigate her doubt about it being accidental grows. Could it be one of his noble patrons who had him murdered. But this is Venice and asking too many questions can be dangerous so Marietta has to use her the wit she has at her disposal and even dress up in mens clothing to get inside these noblemens houses to find evidence. And wherever she goes Nico Foscari seems to appear and delight in teasing her and take an interest what she is up to. So what did I think of this book? Well...The setting of 18th Century Venice makes this book stand out a bit from other historical romances but apart from including carnival in the plot and mentioning ridottos and some historical personages from that time I felt the potential of the setting was very underutilized.The same thing with its two main characters who have could have been fleshed out more and would have benefited from a exploration of its characters motives and ambition.Its more or less spelled out by another character why the hero is such a devil may care. and often Nico appears very immature in comparision to Marietta.I did like her character quite a bit but even she displayed a bit of whats the problem with the characterization in this book.for example after Marietta arrives in Venice she often forgets about her marriage that is supposed to have been unbearable unless the author have to bring it it up to explain the heroines reluctance to fall in love with the hero (or at least fall into his bed)I felt that this book could have used some editing since sometimes the characters talk and act like genuone 18th Century people to suddenly go all modern on you.It was very jarring. And the situation with the antagonist wrapped up too easily in my opinion and feels quite anticlimatic.Almost apologetic and "truly honestly we didnt mean it" I never got what they actually hoped to accomplish with their plan. It was all a bit vague and never got a proper conclusion.Furthermore the historical character of Casanova who is one of Nicos close friends is nicknamed "Cas" by Nico and his character is also shoehorned into being a romantic interest of Nicos sister.. I am sorry but I wasnt really rooting for this and felt he could just have easily been edited out or replaced with an original character.So in conclusion this is a book that had much potential but falls short due to it being inconsistent. But in the end I cant say I hated it as there are some fun dialogue in it and I did care about what the heroine was going through. Also it wasnt that expensive to give it a try. http://theliteraturevixen.booklikes.c...

  • Charlie
    2019-05-21 04:04

    Marietta Gatti is the daughter of an artist, and as such she is not in the upper echelon of the nobility in Venice. Not until, that is, her father forces her to marry into it. Marietta hates her husband, and I can’t say I blame her. She is an independent woman in a time when women were playthings, and this quote was my favorite:The family money could buy almost anything – anything except a place in heaven. Her husband roasted in hell.She also harbors hatred for her father, who not only left her to this terrible marriage, but forced her into it. (It really was for her own good.) She has shunned him and his letters, until the unfortunate (or fortunate for her) death of her husband. She now goes to seek her father out and uncovers something sinister hiding within the most noble families of Venice.Marietta stared at her father’s painting. There were so many things she wanted to say when she saw him in a few days. She was still furious, but she was also thrilled that he had regained his inspiration.After the death of her husband, Marietta sets off with her maid in search of her father. All of a sudden many characters are introduced and for a while I had a hard time keeping up with who was who, because they then separated out into groups. But eventually I got back on board and could place everybody.Marietta’s first discovery in Venice is that a few noble families, the rulers of Venice, owe her father quite a bit of money for his paintings. Shortly after he made his rounds to collect, he was killed. Marietta sets off in the dark of night to uncover the truth behind these matters, and discovers even more. In her journey, she meets and befriends her father’s mistress and best friend. Both of the people who her father last saw try to help her.“The rich no longer are so rich, yet they act rich.”Marietta also is thrust into the world of nobility when Nico Foscari comes to the rescue of a traveling carriage and takes the ragtag group of vagabonds under his roof. Nico is a man of many things. He is partially blind, and wears darkened glasses always. He is one of the biggest rakes in Venice, and his father was one of a few who commissioned paintings from Marietta’s father and never paid up. Now, Nico has also commissioned a Gatti artist.“How did you do that?” Nico shrugged. “I’ve learned a few things over the years. You’d be amazed at how many people think nothing of taking advantage of a blind man.”“Were you following me?”“Me? No, how could I do that?” he replied.As Marietta puzzles through the nitty gritty of her father’s death and the craziness that she has uncovered, she is also spending much of her time painting Nico at his private townhouse.Nico’s best friend is Casanova, who is an odd duck to say the least. In the debauchery sense he is Nico’s equal and they enjoy many a night out on the town…until Marietta comes along. Nico trusts Casanova because he has no intentions or motivations in his friendship with Nico…until Nico hears Marietta’s story. Then things start to change rapidly. He is left wondering who he can trust, and how to make things right.As the book progressed, I saw a lot of character development in Nico. I was very pleasantly surprised with the inner workings of his mind, but it also made sense. It was just a little heartbreaking to spend your whole life thinking something like this:Part of him hoped she was here to see him and not his father. But his father spoke the truth as harsh as it as. Only courtesans could love an almost blind man, so courtesans would have to do. I enjoyed this book immensely. The plot line centering around Marietta’s father’s death was very well planned out and implemented in the novel. Marietta’s social standing, tarnished in a way by her father’s habits, is something she has to strive to overcome – as well as the whisperings of why she is not with her late husband’s family. Nico is a man well accustomed to the privileged life – even as a blind man – and that in itself is what creates his very flawed character.Venice in the Moonlight was a relatively quick read, and I enjoyed the historical aspect of this period of time in Venice. It also had a few scenes for the much celebrated Carnival!

  • Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
    2019-05-10 04:50

    Full review and images available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF McKenna's choice of historical setting is where this novella scored high with me: a mid-eighteenth century Venice strikes as rather unusual in a sea of 'look-alike' Regency England HRN and, for this reason, her 'clean' romance shines in an interestingly different llight. Had the author further developed her original plot into a full-length novel, exploiting with more conviction the Enlightenment theme and the atmosphere of political changes that let to the French Revolution, Venice In The Moonlight could have been a remarkable historical thriller. The potential was there...although McKenna didn't grab the opportunity, I praise her for the significant improvement of her work. Compared to Cera's Place, her first self-publishhed novel, Venice In The Moonlight features a more organic development: character arcs unfold with credible and subtle nuances, the romance builds at a fluid and natural pace. The language sounds consistent with the time period, exception made for a few 'modern' flaws, but, overall, McKenna's penmanship is pristine and eloquent, her voice humming with genuine emotional vibes.Marietta Gatti never imagined she would be a widow at twenty. Daughter of a talented but impoverished painter, she had forcefully entered marriage with a philandering and much older husband, mislead by the illusion that an ill-matched union could ultimately be better than starvation. Dario Gatti's lecherous behavior and his family's cold-heartedness were the price Marietta had to pay for her financial security. At least, his illecit affairs had kept him (and his violent manners) out of her bed most of the nights. With her husband dead prematurely, though, her future looks grim. Cast off by her in-laws, homeless and penniless, Marietta heads back to her paternal home in Venice, just to find out that her father had died weeks before in unclear circumstances. With the aid of disguises (the Carnival season with its air of secrecy is at its peak in Venice), Marietta sets off to investigate the suspicious death of her father and her leads will take her face to face with one of the wealthiest Venetian families and its secret political agenda. Savio Foscari, founding ruler of Venice, is too powerful an enemy to take on, but Marietta's quest for justice won't stop her from risking her life and even the possibility of a new love. Fate just isn't on her side...the man she has set her heart on is Nico Foscari, son of that same Savio Foscari who may be responsible for her father's death. Nico is a charming rake, a spoiled and bored aristocrat, but unlike her unfaithful husband, he doesn't use wine and women for his own pleasure as much as to mask his pain and lack of self-worth: blind since a young age, his promising world of a brilliant political career had become a sea of cloudy objects. Could Nico be involved in his father's conspiracy, despite his physical disability?I particularly appreciated the way the author heightened the historical characterization by use of cultural references to landmarks and iconic figures of 1750s Venice (Casanova, Tiepolo, Voltaire). The romantic treatment was graceful and stripped of any graphic sensuality, but none the less heady and captivating.***Review copy graciously offered by the author in return for an unbiased and honest opinion

  • Barbara Rindge
    2019-05-14 10:41

    With the gorgeous setting of 18th Venice during the mysterious season of Carnevale, the story features a secret society, murder, suspense, and a love story. Elizabeth McKenna's latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, was an enjoyable short read (it's only 186 pages). But perhaps it was too short...the conflicts were well developed but were resolved too quickly, in my opinion. There wasn't much depth to the resolutions , which left me wanting for more explanation.The story follows young Marietta - a widow at the age of 20 - who spent 5 years of her young life married to a horrible husband and an even worse mother-in-law. After her husband's sudden death, she was banished from the family home in Verona and sent back to her hometown of Venice. She hoped to make amends with her widowed father who had married her off to this horrid family, only to find out that her father had died a few months earlier. Marietta had been angry at her father for 5 years, trying to figure out why he had chosen to marry her into the horrible Gatti family. But, as she finds out more and more about her father's life during those 5 estranged years, she comes to realize that he only did what he felt was best for her and that he still loved her so much. As she delves into the circumstances leading up to her father's "accidental" death, she discovers that someone had been out to get him. But why? Her sleuthing into Venice's dark corners puts her in danger herself. Someone doesn't want her to uncover some dark secrets and Marietta finds herself alone, not knowing whom she can trust.Enter the love story (which, by the way, I ended up enjoying the most out of the story). During her "exile" from Verona, she had been rescued by the handsome Nico when her carriage had gotten stuck in mud. After arriving in Venice, she kept running into this handsome man. At first, she didn't trust him - he seemed to be a womanizer and a cad -just like her late husband had been. She didn't want to give her heart to someone just to have him use her and then discard her when he tired of her. So she played it safe and pursued a strictly business relationship with him, trying to use his influence to discover more about her father's death. Time passed, and things changed...All in all, the book was entertaining and I would recommend it for a quick read. The setting was great and the author described 18th century Venice beautifully - down to the masks worn during the Carnevale season. I just wish that the conflict resolutions weren't dismissed so easily. It seemed that the grave dangers the characters found themselves in, and which had been building up throughout the story, were resolved within moments.

  • Julie
    2019-04-27 03:59

    Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!Marietta is stuck in a horrible marriage that her father arranged when she was a young girl. Marieta's husband forces himself on her, cheats on her and abuses her. To make matters worse, her mother-in-law looks upon her disapprovingly because she hasn't produced an heir. Fortunately, Marietta escapes the grasp of the family she was married into and rushes to start a new life in Venice. Things aren't as they seem in Venice and that goes doubly for a dashing man she meets along the way ... Nico. I'm always nervous when I pick up a novel by an author that I'm not familiar with. I (selfishly) worry about wasted time and effort for a book that I just don't mesh with. But luckily, that wasn't the case with Venice in the Moonlight. I'm a big lover of historical romance novels, something about them is just enchanting to me. And this one did not disappoint. I found myself fairly invested in Marietta's life from the very beginning. McKenna has a way of endearing characters to the reader and making them feel like they are part of your family. And that is EXACTLY how I felt about almost all of the characters in this novel. I felt like I really knew them and that made me more attached and invested in the outcome of the story. I really enjoyed how the novel took place in Venice. It reminded me a lot of my trip through that captivating city which may have played a part in why I loved this novel so much. I could picture these places in my mind because of McKenna's on-point descriptions and it felt like I was right there again feeding the pigeons in the Piazza. I would bet that McKenna's imagery could help any reader place themselves in the center of Venice, not only just someone who had been there before. Before I go any further, I wanted to clarify a little bit. Were the descriptions too much? Did it take away from the novel? Did I find myself skipping because of the descriptions? The answer to all three of those with this novel is a resounding no. I didn't feel bogged down or bored or even find myself wishing that it was over already. Just like the depth of the characters, I found that the light descriptiveness just added so much more to an already fabulous novel.Basically, I loved this book. I blew through it today and I just couldn't put it down. If you're a fan of historical romances, this is definitely one to add to your library.

  • Patty McKenna Van Hulle
    2019-04-29 04:58

    Elizabeth McKennaWhat do you get when you mix together a sexy and sensual blind man with a battered and unwanted widow in Venice during Carnival? An adventurous love story with twists and turns. Marietta Gatti is a new widow of 2 week when her evil mother-in-law throws her out of the Gatti's villa. She has spent the last 5 years in an abusive marriage and has only her maid and best friend, Zeta and a small widow's pension to show for it. They leave for Venice to find her father, the man who forced her to marry her abusive husband. On the road to Venice the carriage axle breaks and Nico Foscari enters their lives. Nico is a very sexy mysterious man who hides behind dark glasses. He is the most unique hero I have even been blessed to read. He has been losing his eyesight since he was 16. He is super independent but has his old tutor, Raul, to help him and an excellent nose. Nico and Marietta have instant chemistry but Marietta wants no man in her life. When Marietta reaches Venice, she finds out her father was murdered and she wants justice for him. While Marietta is hunting for her father's killer, Nico keep running into her and keeps her out of the trouble that she is always getting into. Marietta is tempted by Nico but she does not want another unfaithful man in her life. Nico wants her and is willing to do anything to help her. Their adventurous story has murders, gorgeous parties, a sexy blind man with excellent smell, hooded worshippers, Venice during Carnival and a romantic and crazy love story. What more do you need? I normally read Regency romance but this book has broadened my horizons. Ms. McKenna wrote a awesome character like Nico. He is my first blind hero and I loved his talent of using his nose to find Marietta. I do wish it had more steamy scenes but it was a food read. Ms. McKenna gets a score of 3 fingers up and 6 toes.

  • Regina
    2019-05-05 10:44

    Just when I was ready to start one book by a popular author, something new floated across my radar. Venice in the Moonlight, a mid-18th century Italian romance, seized my attention right away; I just couldn't pass up the promise of intrigues, masquerades, and seductions in such an exotic setting. Move over, Ms. Jeffries!I had an easy time falling into Marietta's life as a young, ignored wife of a philandering husband and reviled daughter-in-law forced out of her home upon her husband's death. However, her rough marriage prepared her to withstand the seductive attempts of another dissolute, drunken rogue, Nico Foscari. For being such a womanizer, you'd think Nico would be an unsavory fellow, yet I had a soft spot for him. Maybe his near blindness made him more vulnerable, or his loving relationship with his sister showed that he wasn't a complete cad. Perhaps it was how quickly he realized that Marietta was different from all the other women, which softened his hard veneer. Certainly, sexual sparks flew when he was at his most seductive, and I appreciated that she resisted his attempts at physical intimacy as long as she did. Throughout the story, their sexual attraction hinted at fireworks to come, but when it came time for the deed, the love was barely there. What? Did I miss something? I happen to like all the sexy bits! Even more disappointing, it turns out there was only the single love scene.The mystery involving her father's murder was a little thin as was the secret occult angle, but Marietta was fierce in her quest to find the murderer. I liked her spunky, independent attitude. Even the legendary Casanova had a minor role as Nico's libertine friend. I would have liked to have seen Marietta and Nico with more substance, more depth of character, though. Something about them just missed my sweet spot. Nevertheless, this couple was intriguing enough, along with its exotic setting, to keep me reading to their eventual happy conclusion.(I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Merisha28
    2019-05-17 03:05

    Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKennaPaperback: 194 pagesPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 2, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1492720194ISBN-13: 978-1492720195My Review~~I received this book in exchange for a honest review.I love the enchanting cover!! It is simply stunning. This is outside my normal genre which had me a little worried, however, I was worried for nothing. It was deliciously wonderful story that I plan to revisit again and again. I love the writing style and the way the author sweeps you into the fold of the book and hooks you to Marietta and her plight to find out about the death of her father. She finds herself falling in love with the son of the man her quest leads her to. Will she risk her happiness for revenge? I so wish this book was longer!!! I really despise the mother-in-law wish she got her com-upends! I love the characters and I felt as if I was in Venice with Marietta. This is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone!Amazon Book Description~~Take a vacation from the London ton and visit Venice in the Moonlight!A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and LoveAfter her husband's untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family's villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin--a father she hasn't spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father's last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead--and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.Elizabeth McKenna's latest novel takes you back to eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.

  • eyes.2c
    2019-05-06 03:47

    Darkness and passion in 1750's Venice.This story had me with the first line! The image portrayed is wonderful! A surreal moment!That moment captures with a totally restrained focus the helplessness and seething anger of Marietta Gatti, set against the background of a dysfunctional marriage and family. So much is weighted by so few words.A despicable husband and an even more terrible mother-in-law have been the bane of Marietta's life for the past 5 years.When released, or rather driven from that life, Marietta returns to Venice to track down her father, a renowned painter. He has never contacted her in all the years of her married isolation. There are many questions to be answered.En route to Venice from Verona, the public coach is involved in a mishap. Marietta and her travelling companions are rescued by Nico Foscari, scion of one of the primo families of Venice, with the reputation of a rake.Once in Venice, Marietta encounters more heartbreak, dark mysteries and possible murder. We are introduced to persons of interest residing in Venice during this time, Casanova for one is playing a deep game, and then there is Consul Smith. What has Nico's father, Savio Foscari, to do these men? Even more of a conundrum.Marietta is unwittingly caught up in frantic heretical practices by members of the leading houses of Venice. With their access to trade and wealth dwindling, these men are desperate to return Venice to her position of power by any and all means. Meanwhile, Marietta's resolve to reorder her life has Nico totally puzzled. Her seemingly bizarre actions have him rescuing her more than once.As the paths of Marietta and Nico continue to cross, Marietta's attraction to the enigmatic rake grows. Nico is by no means immune. Whether their relationship will develop in friendship or love, or both, remains to be author provided ARC in exchange for an impartial review

  • Christi Rigby
    2019-05-04 09:00 in the Moonlight is a story that brings to life things I loved when I was a young woman beginning in my romance reading life. A dark hero with a past that makes you wish to change him, a strong heroine willing to risk all to right wrongs, a setting in a land I will never see. But I did not find enough original, except maybe the reason for the thriller sub-plot, which made it stand out to me.It had the makings of a story that could pull you into the intrigue but I felt it always left me hanging on the edge of what could be really good. Carnival in Venice, a city known to be one of the most romantic in world, with Nico, a hero that made you wish to comfort and bed at the same time. A mystery that needed to be solved, and Marietta the woman willing to do all she could to solve it, including putting herself in situations that were not only daring, but fool hardy. Instead of taking the easy way out of having the hero come to the rescue, the author almost always found a way to pull Marietta out of the situation and leave you saying “that was too close.” It was at those points when I felt the story could elevate and give me all the drama and passion I was hoping for, but it didn’t as those were the points it plateaued at. The secondary characters were not as original as the main characters, but that is forgivable in this length of a book, you did not need them, but they were decent window dressing. The descriptions of the city, the clothing, the masks and even the food were lovely and decadent at times. Painting a lovely word picture in the mind, it was them that lead me to hope for more from the beginning.Overall I think this book had tremendous potential that kept me holding on and hoping for it to be reached throughout but at the end I was left with a feeling of, “It was nice, but nothing spectacular.” But boy did it raise my hopes for spectacular.

  • RutyB
    2019-05-22 04:39

    Venice in the Moonlight is an attractive historical romance with all the ingredients to be a must read in the genre. Murder, secret alliances, a brave woman and a seducer are the ingredients of a story that you won’t be able to put down.After losing her husband and being banished by her mother-in-law, Marietta comes back to her hometown only to find out that her father is dead and maybe his death was no accident. An encounter with some English travelers and a man from one of the wealthiest families in Venice will set in motion the search for the truth behind her father’s death.Marietta is a likeable character, a woman forced to marry a man she didn’t love, who had to face the aversion of her husband’s family and after his demise is send away with nothing but her art and a loyal best friend. Nico is a classical seducer, a man whose goal in life is pleasure himself with women, alcohol and expending the family money. A closer friend of the famous Casanova, he is everything she should stay away from.The dynamic between these two characters is extraordinary, intense, romantic and funny. Their relationship moves fast and is easy to read about it while enjoying it a lot.The mystery and intrigued is well built, the suspense is always present and every page unravels something new. The great writing style and the references to the old Venice create a complete and solid world. There are also great secondary characters, each one bringing something special to the story. A thing worth mentioning is the exquisite cover. Just by looking at it I knew I had to read this book, it is simply beautiful. The Carnival and its masks present clearly a magical scenario for a wonderful story.Overall, Venice in the Moonlight is an excellent historical romance that will not disappoint you. With great characters, a brilliant background, a solid plot and everything you expect in this genre.*** I received a copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. ***