From the very first page, Laura Morelli sucks the reader into 16th century Venice and the world of the gondola makers. I enjoyed the historical aspect, which
is very well researched and was pleased to find that it enhanced rather than detracted from the storyline.
It is an unusual book sent in an unusual time and for me it was a pleasure to read historical fiction with a difference.
Laura Morelli’s style is so evocative that you can breathe in the fumes from the varnish, smell the canals and feel the touch of the wood under your hand. Set against this backdrop is the story of Luca, who through a tragic accident loses all that he
has known and has to seek his own fortune.
The story and characters are well developed and set against such a backdrop this is an incredible achievement for a first novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I don’t say that lightly.