American artist Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister, Sophie, have arrived in enchanting nineteenth-century Venice with a single-minded goal. The twins, who have fled scandal in New York, are determined to break into Venice's expatriate set and find a wealthy patron to support Joseph's work.
But the enigmatic Hannigans are not the only ones with a secret agenda. Joseph's talent soon attracts the attention of the magnificent Odilé Leon, a celebrated courtesan and muse who has inspired many artists to greatness. But her inspiration comes with a devastatingly steep price.
As Joseph falls under the courtesan's spell, Sophie joins forces with Nicholas Dane, the one man who knows Odilé's dark secret, and her sworn enemy. When the seductive muse offers Joseph the path to eternal fame, the twins must decide who to believe - and just how much they are willing to sacrifice for fame.
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More gothic romance than historical fiction
I enjoyed this book. The novel is set in Venice sometime around turn of the 19th century. The supernatural element is central to the story but an "impossible" romance is also involved. There are moderate doses of "corset unlacing" and lifting of chemises---nothing too graphic and certainly appropriate within the context of the story. I could certainly stand listening to it again for its entertainment value.
I enjoyed the twins....and the "creature"; I believed she had incredible potential which was not fully exploited by the author.
The "creature" was wonderfully performed.
This book is well written and very entertaining. I enjoyed it....I do like period pieces, don't mind the supernatural and love anything that has to do with Venice. The city becomes another character in this story and it is the perfect setting for it. There are echoes of Anne Rice here. But this is not historical fiction. If you liked Anne Rice when Lestat was her hero and her witches were running around New Orleans you will enjoy this "Lite" version.
Mysticism, Mystery, Love, Loyalty and Sacrifice
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to my friends. This is an excellent book, and I think listening to it narrated added a whole new level of enjoyment.
I think the closest book(s) I would compare Inamorata to would be Dan Brown's books, where he weaves history, mysticism, mystery, and of course a love interest into his stories.
David deVries did an excellent job narrating this book. Having been to Venice, I could see in my mind the places he was describing in the book, and experienced all the descriptions with all my senses (smell, sight, hearing, touch). When the reader should feel apprehension or fear, I was in that moment completely, on the edge of my seat. When the relationships between characters were described, I could feel it as if I were the character. He even did an excellent job narrating the different female and male voices, which I think would be difficult for a male narrator. I would probably buy another audible book just because it was narrated by David deVries.
Definitely! I couldn't stop listening...I was completely captivated. I usually listen to my audiobooks first thing in the morning as I drink my morning coffee and prepare mentally for my work day, and for 2 days I listened for 3-4 hours straight and picked up where I left off in the evening.
Great book, great narration. I would highly recommend this audible book as a first time experience to those new to Audible!