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ISBN13: 9781416527381
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In this captivating debut, Christi Phillips blends fact and fiction, suspense and sensuality into a vibrant, richly imagined novel in which a modern historian uncovers a courtesan's secret role in a shocking conspiracy of seventeenth-century Venice.

Claire Donovan always dreamed of visiting Venice, though not as a chaperone for a surly teenager. But she can't pass up this chance to complete her Ph.D. thesis on Alessandra Rossetti, a mysterious courtesan who wrote a secret letter to the Venetian Council warning of a Spanish plot to overthrow the Venetian Republic in 1618. Claire views Alessandra as a heroine and harbors a secret hope that her findings will elevate Alessandra to a more prominent place in history. But an arrogant Cambridge professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator — a move that could destroy Claire's paper and career.

As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan's true motives, Alessandra's story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice. Claire also falls under the city's spell. She is courted by a handsome Italian, matches wits with her academic adversary, bonds with her troubled young charge, and, amid the boundless beauty of Venice, recaptures the joy of living every moment....

Layering wit and warmth into her portraits of two very different yet equally dynamic heroines, Christi Phillips shifts effortlessly between past and present in a remarkable novel that is at once a love story, a mystery, and an intriguing historical drama. Filled with beautifully rendered details of one of the world's oldest and most magical cities, The Rossetti Letter marks Phillips's debut as a writer of extraordinary skill and grace.

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"The Rossetti Letter" is a captivating debut that blends fact and fiction, past and present into a vibrant, richly imagined masterpiece that traces the adventures of a 17th-century Venetian courtesan and the contemporary historian researching her fate.

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Christi Phillips lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interest in European history has led her all over the Continent. The Rossetti Letter is her first novel.

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Briana, March 12, 2010 (view all comments by Briana)
From the first sentence Phillips draws you in to this amazing story of a 17th century Venetian courtesan and a young present day scholar. A page turner at its best! I had an incredibly hard time putting down this novel. The historical adventure of Alessandra Rossetti completely captivated me, and Claire Donovan was a wonderful modern heroine. After reading the preview of her newest book, The Devlin Diary, I can't wait to discover Claire Donovan's next adventure.
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ISBN:
9781416527381
Author:
Phillips, Christi
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Courtesans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 14.035 oz

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