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Venice in the Moonlight

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Considered useless by his cold-hearted father, Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, hides his pain behind gambling, drinking and womanizing.

After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti returns to her hometown of Venice in hopes of starting a new life and finding the happiness that was missing in her forced marriage.

When Fate throws the
Paperback, 194 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Elizabeth McKenna
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May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty - this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.” --Paul Thomas Mann, German novelist, penned these words in his book Death in Venice. Turn back the clock to 18th century and find Venice as a lover's paradise, where every men end up with more than 1 lover in their lifetime in Venice and thos ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 4 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 3 Stars
Heat Level ~ 2.5 Stars
Ending ~ 3 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

The beginning of this story grabbed my interest right away and it also brought my emotions into play. I REALLY liked the heroine Marietta and I felt for her to the point that my eyes were tearing up.

Marietta is married off against her will and her husband Dario is a total PIG! He's a drunk and often for
Hannah Fielding
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this book on my ‘to read’ list for a while now, because I love Elizabeth’s writing and because I adore the setting: Venice. But I put off reading it until now because my last novel, The Echoes of Love, is also set in Venice, and I didn’t want to confuse myself in my writing. I’m so glad I kept hold of the book because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

There is so much emotion; from the opening, when we encounter the heroine trapped in a loveless and cruel marriage, I was so engaged that I
When Marietta married her husband, she believed it would not be a perfect marriage by any means, but the truth was any worse than she could possibly imagine. When he dies suddenly, Marietta is cast out. Marietta decides to return to Venice to find her father died under suspicious circumstances.

Determined to find out the truth, Marietta begins to uncover what really happened. She is not alone in her effort though, she had met Nico on her travels. Nico is blind, but even without being able to see
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First off I didn't think i'd like this book so much! I just thought that it'd just be another cheesy and badly sewn together romance full of 'quick shadowed glances filled with desire'. Yes they annoy me. But Venice in The moonlight was certainly not 'one of those books'. It was very well written and I was soon sucked into the story. I loved the description in the novel, I could feel the rushing of the rivers and the myriads of emotions. And the romance oh the romance! I must admit that I wasn't ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
After the first paragraph I was hooked. The lavish setting in Venice during carnival is alluring and captivating. Marietta is a head strong woman and a virtuous character that instantly won my admiration. Nico is irresistible. He entices with every encounter and becomes the love and hero for both Marietta and the reader. An intriguing mystery develops that brings the story to another level. Absolutely loved this book! It's a historical, a mystery and a romance that peaks over and over again with ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those novels that draws you completely into the storyline and keeps you there throughout. I found myself walking in the main character’s shoes, living through the many trials that she found herself facing. This was a light, easy read that was simultaneously thought provoking and emotionally charged. McKenna’s descriptions paint a brilliant picture of Venice’s carnivale, leading you deeper and deeper into this remarkable world. Each and every aspect of the novel is developed fully ...more
Angela Ford
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Escape with a Great Read!, October 22, 2013
By Angela Ford "Author of Closure" (Canada)
This review is from: Venice in the Moonlight (Kindle Edition)

Once in awhile you find that read that takes you away completely!

Elizabeth McKenna's Venice in the Moonlight takes you back to the 18th century and keeps you there along Marietta's journey. An arranged unhappy marriage and the sudden death of her husband leaves her a young widow. One banished by her mother-in-law. She retur
Slytherin Rose
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: historical romance
Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Book: Venice in the Moonlight
My Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Will I read I read it again? Yes

I really enjoyed this read. I loved how the author mixed romance with mystery. I loved how she portrayed her characters and I loved them all. (Well except for the bad people in here)

I really hated Marietta husband and his mother! The author did a wonderful job on this book because she made me feel things for the characters. I really wish I could tell you why!
The CurvyJones
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance, suspense fans
Recommended to The CurvyJones by: Elizabeth McKenna
Shelves: challenge-2013
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Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won a copy of this book from First Reads.

Rating: 2.5 stars

Set in the 1700s, a young widow returns home to Venice to reconnect with her estranged father, only to discover that he has died under suspicious circumstances. Taking matters into her own hands, she begins looking into his death, only to discover that the father of the man she is falling for may be involved.

This book was simply 'ok' in my opinion - oddly enough, that's the most accurate way to describe it. While I didn't hate it, I di
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Set in Italy, 1753

Trapped in a loveless marriage Marietta endures each day until her husband’s sudden passing. Put out by his parents she returns home to Venice to start over.

Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, is consider worthless and useless by his heartless father. He spends his days and nights womanizing, gambling and drinking.

Fate plays a hand by bringing this unlikely twosome together. But when Marietta finds out Nico’s father may have had something to do w
Blair McDowell
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews

This story of a young woman artist in eighteenth century Venice is entertaining and has some unusual twists, as for instance in the hero, who is blind. The pacing is fast moving and the characters are interesting. The plot — well, devil worshiping seems a bit out of place in this setting and at this time -- but hey, it’s fiction. The heroine, who is as often dressed in her father’s clothes as in dresses, is engaging.

All in all, a quick and entertaining read. If I have any quibble it is that wri
Joanne Lewis
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a lover of Venice, this book captured my interest from the outset. The fact it was set in the 18th century during Carnevale only added to the allure and by weaving in historical characters so closely linked with the city in Foscari and Casanova, there was both a real sense of magic and history in the tale.

The only thing preventing a five star rating was that I found the idea of Marietta's night-time excursions into the homes of some of the wealthiest men in Venice slightly implausible, althou
Kelly Smitherman
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a great, short read....but even though short in length it was still emotionally charged . This book had you feeling every emotion possible and both of the main characters pulled at your heart strings! Fell in love a little with Nico myself and I adored "Kitty. I loved the strongness of her character and was glad her spunk was still alive after all she has been through.

This book was a great escape and I enjoyed every page of it. Although short in length and
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found Venice in the Moonlight written by Elizabeth McKenna to be a riveting and mysterious novel. She combines mystery, romance, vengeance, grief, and intrigue throughout the story. Her main character Marietta Gatti is revealed to be a strong, confident and courageous young woman who will go to any lengths to find the truth.
The beautiful pictures she creates in mere words makes you feel like you are right in the setting along with the main characters.
If you like romance and mystery, I highly r
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this short read. I only wished it was longer. Mckenna tells the story so vividly that you feel like you are there in the middle of everything. I would recommend it to everyone to read.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the whole thing in one sitting. An adult version of a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys style mystery. It grabed me from the first page and held me right to the end.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
The heroine Marietta is unhappily married to the womanizing and neglectful Dario Gatti who suddenly dies after eating bad meat

After his death she is summoned and told unceremoniously by her horrible mother in law to get out.She will get an yearly allowance but she is no longer a part of their family.

She was always hated by the Signora Gatti for not being good enough for her son and when she finds out the Signora has had all her paintings burned.Marietta says good riddance and leaves feeling she
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Marietta Gatti is the daughter of an artist, and as such she is not in the upper echelon of the nobility in Venice. Not until, that is, her father forces her to marry into it. Marietta hates her husband, and I can’t say I blame her. She is an independent woman in a time when women were playthings, and this quote was my favorite:

The family money could buy almost anything – anything except a place in heaven. Her husband roasted in hell.

She also harbors hatred for her father, who not only left her
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Full review and images available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF

Elizabeth McKenna's choice of historical setting is where this novella scored high with me: a mid-eighteenth century Venice strikes as rather unusual in a sea of 'look-alike' Regency England HRN and, for this reason, her 'clean' romance shines in an interestingly different llight. Had the author further developed her original plot into a full-length novel, exploiting with more conviction the Enlightenmen
Barbara Rindge
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
With the gorgeous setting of 18th Venice during the mysterious season of Carnevale, the story features a secret society, murder, suspense, and a love story. Elizabeth McKenna's latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, was an enjoyable short read (it's only 186 pages). But perhaps it was too short...the conflicts were well developed but were resolved too quickly, in my opinion. There wasn't much depth to the resolutions , which left me wanting for more explanation.
The story follows young Marietta -

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Marietta is stuck in a horrible marriage that her father arranged when she was a young girl. Marieta's husband forces himself on her, cheats on her and abuses her. To make matters worse, her mother-in-law looks upon her disapprovingly because she hasn't produced an heir. Fortunately, Marietta escapes the grasp of the family she was married into and rushes to start a new life in Venice. Things aren't as they seem in Venice and that goes doubly for a
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna Elizabeth McKenna

What do you get when you mix together a sexy and sensual blind man with a battered and unwanted widow in Venice during Carnival? An adventurous love story with twists and turns. Marietta Gatti is a new widow of 2 week when her evil mother-in-law throws her out of the Gatti's villa. She has spent the last 5 years in an abusive marriage and has only her maid and best friend, Zeta and a small widow's pension to show for it. They leave for Venice to find her father, the man who
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492720194
ISBN-13: 978-1492720195

My Review~~
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
I love the enchanting cover!! It is simply stunning. This is outside my normal genre which had me a little worried, however, I was worried for nothing. It was deliciously wonderful story that I plan to revisit again and again. I l
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when I was ready to start one book by a popular author, something new floated across my radar. Venice in the Moonlight, a mid-18th century Italian romance, seized my attention right away; I just couldn't pass up the promise of intrigues, masquerades, and seductions in such an exotic setting. Move over, Ms. Jeffries!

I had an easy time falling into Marietta's life as a young, ignored wife of a philandering husband and reviled daughter-in-law forced out of her home upon her husband's death. Ho
Ruth B
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Venice in the Moonlight is an attractive historical romance with all the ingredients to be a must read in the genre. Murder, secret alliances, a brave woman and a seducer are the ingredients of a story that you won’t be able to put down.

After losing her husband and being banished by her mother-in-law, Marietta comes back to her hometown only to find out that her father is dead and maybe his death was no accident. An encounter with some English travelers and a man from one of the wealthiest famil
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkness and passion in 1750's Venice.

This story had me with the first line! The image portrayed is wonderful! A surreal moment!
That moment captures with a totally restrained focus the helplessness and seething anger of Marietta Gatti, set against the background of a dysfunctional marriage and family. So much is weighted by so few words.
A despicable husband and an even more terrible mother-in-law have been the bane of Marietta's life for the past 5 years.
When released, or rather driven from that
Christi Rigby
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

Venice in the Moonlight is a story that brings to life things I loved when I was a young woman beginning in my romance reading life. A dark hero with a past that makes you wish to change him, a strong heroine willing to risk all to right wrongs, a setting in a land I will never see. But I did not find enough original, except maybe the reason for the thriller sub-plot, which made it stand out to me.

It had the makings of a story that could pull you into the
J. Walker
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When we start out, our heroine is very much married to the sort of man you cheer for when he dies, a wife-abusing, philandering, drunk. His mother is distant and cold-hearted. You really feel for Marietta. With her husband's death, Marietta finds herself an abandoned widow. The evil that is Marietta's mother-in-law barely lets her son's grave go cold before she tosses our heroine out without any arrangements. She demonic hag even burns Marietta's paintings. Once Marietta returns to Venice, she ...more
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Elizabeth McKenna's love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King's horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

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