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The Rosetti Letter (Claire Donovan #1)

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Claire Donovan---patah hati karena ditinggal kabur suaminya---merasa kalut karena topik disertasi yang sedang disusunnya juga diteliti oleh seorang profesor Cambridge tersohor dan karya tulisnya akan disajikan di universitas ternama di Venesia. Ini bisa menggagalkan disertasi Claire, yang berarti menghancurkan karier dan hidupnya.
Tanpa disangka, dia mendapat kesempatan men
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528 pages
Published 2010 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 2007)
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Tea Jovanović
Ništa spektakularno ali nije ni loša... ko voli istorijske romane koji se prepliću sa sadašnjim dešavanjima... protkano ljubavnim zapletom...
Rio (Lynne)
4.5 Stars
The Spanish Conspiracy...what do we know about it? Was there one? Phillips takes what facts are known and weaves a great little story together. In 1618 fictional courtesan Alessandra Rossetti comes into contact with Alfonso de la Cueva, 1st Marquis of Bedmar. Bedmar was sent to Venice by King Philip III of Spain, because Spain wanted more influence in Venice. The Duke of Osuna from Naples was planning an attack on the city and was communicating through Bedmar. The Rossetti Letter is a f
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Cydnie
I pick this book because I enjoy history and romance. The basic story I enjoyed. But I would hesitate to recommend it to any of my friends for the following reasons:
1. I like reading an intelligent author, but I don't want to have
to have a dictionary next to me to clarify her descriptive words.
2. I got frustrated with all of the Italian, and no translations.
[my Italian dictionary didn't have most of the words either:]
3. The authors descriptions of Venice got a bit too heavy with all
of the s
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Laura
Claire Donovan is working on her dissertation and needs to go to Venice but can't afford the trip. Gwen Fy is a rich teenager in need of an adult to deliver her safely to her father in Europe. Claire is a caricature of the writer who never gets out of her pajamas, while Gwen is the unhappy little rich girl who likes to cause trouble. As you might expect, their mutual problems bring them together on a trip to Italy, and after a rough beginning they predictably begin to bond. Claire is in Venice t ...more
Allan
Wonderful fun, snappily written -- this is part historical novel and modern day, with a complicated plot playing out in the past while in the contemporary chapters, a history student tries to figure out what happened (for her dissertation). It's all set in a sparkly, enticing Venice with charm and intrigue and action and romance. The author is very good at playing off the two interleaved sections of her novel and at keeping the suspense going.
Patricia Bracewell
Set in modern day and 17th century Venice. Venice is one place on earth where Renaissance and Modern Day merge into one, if you ignore what people are wearing. Phillips does a good job of bringing both periods to life although, at first, the older story is more compelling.

I did not find the back-and-forth in time distracting. It was a good way to heighten tension -- keeping the reader from discoveries and so keeping her appetite whetted. My own unfamiliarity with Italian history and names made i
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Maia B.
The Rossetti Letter is a firm resident of the "beach-read" category of literature. It's not quite chick lit, because a) the cast of characters is too large, b) politics plays too much of a role, and c) it's exhaustively researched, which many (or most?) novels casually shelved as "chick lit" were not. Their errors are glaring.

I don't know enough about seventeenth century Venice to say whether Christi Phillips got every facet of Venetian life absolutely right in her debut novel, but, despite the
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Barb
I wasn't sure at first if Christi Phillips would be able to pull these two very different stories together but I think she did so nicely.

Claire Donovan's PhD thesis is about the seventeenth century Spanish Conspiracy against Venice, she's specifically interested in Alessandra Rossetti, who wrote a secret letter to the Venetian Council warning of a Spanish plot to over throw the Venetian Republic in 1618.

Claire discovers a professor at Cambridge is going to be presenting a lecture at a conferen
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Ben Babcock
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Venice (Venesia) adalah kota di sebelah utara Italia yang terkenal dengan wisata kanalnya. Nama Venesia berasal dari suku bangsa Veneti yang menghuni wilayah tersebut di masa kekaisaran Romawi. Venesia juga mendapatkan sebutan "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", dan "City of Canals". Kota yang menjadi latar penulisan buku ini oleh Christi Phillips, seorang pengarang yang menggemari buku-buku klasik dan ...more
Linda
Claire Donovan, still reeling from her divorce and single-mindedly working on her doctoral dissertation, has a heart stopping moment when she reads about another academic who may have evidence that her entire thesis is flawed. The evidence is about to be presented at a prestigious conference in Venice, Italy, but Claire cannot afford to attend. Out of the blue comes an all-expenses-paid opportunity to chaperon a young girl in Venice, while her father honeymoons in France. Off goes Claire, desper ...more
Bonnie
This is one of those books that has two stories going alternately at the same time, one in 17th century Venice, the other in present-day Venice. The 17th century story involves a young courtesan and the Spanish Conspiracy. The present-day story involves a young woman working on a dissertation regarding a letter written by the courtesan concerning the Spanish Conspiracy.
This is not deathless literature, but is well-written and not too full of cliches. Also not too full of racy parts. There is one
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NancyG
This debut novel is an ok summer/vacation read about a plot to overthrow the Republic of Venice in 1618 complete with political treachery, sword fights, courteseans and a doomed rommances. Unfortunately, the other half takes place in modern Venice with a boring PhD candidate and an uninteresting plotline about her trying to unravel the secrets from 1618. The author did a good job of going back and forth between the time periods, a literay style I don't normally like, but unfortunately one of the ...more
Nabila Anwar
Saya pikir, sebagian sejarah Eropa adalah bau busuk yang dipoles kemegahan. Tak bisa menghindar dari rasa mual sekaligus geleng-geleng kagum tiap menyimaknya. The Rosseti Letter adalah novel tebal tentang bagaimana seorang pelacur menyelamatkan Venesia dari caplokan Spanyol.

Alessandra Rosseti, si janda muda Liberti ditemukan oleh La Celestia, pelacur professional yang membuat tiap lelaki yang melihatnya terngiler-ngiler. Saat itu pilihan hidup bagi janda muda nan miskin seperti Alessandra hanya
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Marty
A Spanish Conspiracy, A Venetian Courtesan, A letter that could change the course of history. In 1617, Spain controlled most of the Italian areas. Venice, one of the richest republics, was a prize coveted by the Spanish leader of Naples. Alessandra Rossetti, an impoverished young girl forced to choose between going into a nunnery (prison) or becoming a courtesan, found herself in the middle of a conspiracy for an overthrow of Venice. That’s of the story. In 200?, Claire, a doctoral student rese ...more
Andrea Ika
Book Review : The Rossetti letter

Christi Phillip



My rating : 4 stars

Blurb
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 Ros
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Jes Jones
The Rossetti Letter is staged in Venice, Italy with an aspiring historian, Claire Donovan, researching The Spanish Conspiracy for her dissertation. Claire becomes enthralled with the life of Alessandra Rossetti, a Venetian courtesan, and her involvement with the conspiracy. The novel itself flips between the pending issues of 17th century Venice around 1617 and with Claire in present day Italy trying to piece together the truth of the past, while pursuing her own adventures.

The reader cannot he
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Eomicheli
I really loved this book! The setting in Venice (both past and present) was facinating and I learned about a period in history that I knew nothing about. Both main characters were strong, likeable women. The only trouble I had with the book was sorting through all the 1600's characters. Their names and affiliations were a bit challenging...thank goodness for the character list at the beginning! All in all, a lighthearted, fun read!
Christine
This was an entertaining read. Set in modern day and 17th century Venice. I think Christi Phillips has done a good job of weaving the historical facts with fictional characters. It makes me want to read more about the history of Venice. The story revolves around a plot to overthrow the Venetian Republic by Spanish conspirators. The story captures the intrigue, decadence, and beauty of this magical city.
Courtney
I'm reevaluating some of my reviews. This one was definitely a 5 for me. I remember Joe divided I was reading it, and how engrossed I was in both characters, their journeys through the same streets, hundreds and hundreds if years apart, yet both equally plausible. I sort of felt like the third character, remembering my time spent walking those steers and bridges during my honeymoon. It was an adventure of a read.
Lauren
Christi Phillips' "The Rossetti Letter" was a highly enjoyable "for fun" read. Philips' novel centers on a historical mystery in Venice, and is divided between events in the 17th century and the modern day historian trying to piece them together. I was reminded of another book in a similar style, "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe (also highly recommended). Philips writes beautifully, and her descriptions of Venice made me feel both that I was there and that I really want t ...more
Ashley
I'm torn on how I felt about this book. It has, at different times, both bored and excited me. The boredom caused me to give up on the book at least three times before I finally managed to finish it. Only about half way through did the story finally click with me, and then the excitement kicked in.

This is my very favorite of historical fiction tropes: a dual story with both modern and historical timelines. Its what made me love Lauren Willig's Flower series so much and I when I read the summary
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Notserp2002
awesome read. had trouble putting it down at some points.
Belinda
Great fun. Mystery and romance, modern and historical story lines interwoven. The historical part was much better than the modern story, as is often the case. You will learn a LOT about the period and have fun at the same time. The modern-day teenager character felt authentic (which is rare) and provided a much-needed foil to the tiresomely predictable older female protagonist. Unfortunately, I could see the modern plot twists coming a mile away. Still, couldn't put it down, so I do recommend it ...more
Ika Nindito
Lumayan...sebagai bacaan ringan kalau lagi bete di omprengan, di bis atau pas jam maksi...

2 masa dalam satu cerita Venesia tahun 1618 dan Dunia masa kini tempat Claire Donovan berjuang menyelesaikan disertasinya tentang konspirasi Spanyol tahun 1618.
Dikisahkan tentang Alessandra Rossetti seorang putri pedagang dari venesia yang harus menjumpai nasib menjadi yatim dan jatuh miskin , hingga akhirnya menjadi seorang Pelacur yang paling diinginkan di jamannya.
Karena profesinya inilah Alessandra bert
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Brandie
Oct 21, 2010 Brandie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of historical fiction, and perhaps even romance
Shelves: favorites
This book was in some ways completely amazing and in others a bit disappointing. One part of the novel takes place in 17th-century Venice, and follows the life of Alessandra Rossetti, as she becomes a courtesan and inadvertently becomes involved with the Spanish Conspiracy. The second and, unfortunately, main part of this novel takes place in modern times and follows the very boring character Claire Donovan. Claire is studying the Spanish Conspiracy and writing a dissertation, specifically on Al ...more
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Judul: The Rosetti Letter
Penulis: Christi Phillips
Genre: Fiksi sejarah
Penerbit: Gramedia
Penerjemah: Gita Yuliani
Cetakan: Pertama, November 2010
Halaman: 528
Ukuran: 20cm
ISBN: 978-979-22-6265-0



The Rossetti Letter merupakan fiksi yang dipenuhi riset sejarah lengkap tentang konspirasi Spanyol di masa lalu terhadap Venesia. Penulis membawa pembaca masuk ke dalam keindahan Venesia yang penuh intrik, spionase dan pembunuhan di tahun 1617.

Diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia yan
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Courtney
I thoroughly enjoyed Christi Phillips's book. I made the mistake of starting "The Devlin Diary" before this one. Although the historical plots are standalone, the modern day story of Claire Donovan is a continuing story. Beware if you prefer to read books in their proper order.

The plot alternates between Venice in the 1600s and a modern day history student trying to finish a dissertation. Using this writing technique is tricky. I believe that Christi Phillips succeed very well. She made the tran
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Tara
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 pro ...more
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“She felt excited for no particular reason, in anticipation of exactly what she wasn't sure. It was sort of like everything - the rumble of the boat, the ocean spray that misted her face, the sight of Venice receding in the distance and the warm, bright morning sun that promised a day filled with possibility - contained in this one moment held all the best moments of all the best summer days she'd ever known.” 0 likes
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