The Venetian Mask

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Doubleday, 1993 - Fiction - 422 pages
42 Reviews
A lush new novel of romance and adventure from the author of To Dance with Kings, set against the dazzling pageantry and tarnished splendor of 18th-century Venice. In the heart of this rich city state stands a renowned music conservatory for orphaned girls; within its cloistered walls three children meet and become life-long friends.

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

It took me a good 50+ pages to get into the meat of the book and the ending felt a tad rushed, but on the whole this book was quite enjoyable. If anyone is a fan of Casanova or Venetian based tales ... Read full review

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User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

Somewhere between 3-4 starts. The descriptions of Venice were wonderful! Although the story was interesting, and the historical detail was great, I didn't feel really invested in the characters. One ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Author Barbara Geils Ovstedal uses the pen name Rosalind Laker for her historical romances. Her interest in history began early, when she became intrigued by the stories she heard about her ancestors; some of those stories, in fact, formed the basis for several of her historical novels. Laker researches the historical settings for her novels very carefully, so that she can create an accurate background and atmosphere for her stories. Her titles include Sovereign's Key, Far Seeks the Heart, Warwyck's Woman, The Venetian Mask, Circle of Pearls, The Fragile Hour, and The Golden Tulip. Under her own name, Ovstedal has written a travel book about Norway, as well as several novels, including Red Cherry Summer, Valley of the Reindeer, and Souvenir of Sweden. Laker's interest in Norway stems from her Norwegian husband, Inge Ovstedal, whom she met while he was serving with the Free Norwegian Air Force during World War II. Laker and her husband live mainly in England, but they also have a summer home in Norway, a 400-year old cottage that they restored themselves, which gave Laker the opportunity to indulge her interests in old houses and antique furniture.

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