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The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker
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May 20, 10

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This is a wonderful read about two friends in 1775 Venice. Both are singers who must marry wealthy men. Remember that women have few rights and privileges in this era. However, the men the friends marry are vicious enemies. For Elena whose love dies from illness just prior to their marriage, marriage to his brother, Filippo, is a nightmare. He is cruel, abusive and jealous. For Marietta who loses her first love to another through deceit, her marriage to Domenico Torrisi is all she could ever hope to have. The two friends find it difficult to keep in touch because of the feuding of their husbands' families yet the friendship perseveres. Life for both becomes very complicated as the tale moves on. I truly enjoyed this book.
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