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The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi

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A sweeping historical novel of composer and priest Antonio Vivaldi, a secret wealthy mistress, and their passion for music and each other

Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d'Amato adores music-except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Venice, music, wealthy families, secret meetings, and of course love.

Adriana had to sneak out of the palazzo for her violin lessons because her father forbade her to learn music. He said it wasn't a woman's place to learn music. According to her father a woman of her wealth was born only to marry a man of equal or greater wealth and have no interests of her own.

Defying her father, Adriana secretly met, took violin lessons, and had an affair with Antonio Vivaldi the famous violinist who was call
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Jenny Q
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars. Vivaldi is my absolute favorite composer. I adore the style of his music and think it some of the most complex and beautiful music ever written, and so I could not wait to read Alyssa Palombo's debut novel.

The story is told completely from the point of view of Adriana d'Amato, a young woman isolated from the world by an overbearing father, forbidden to play her beloved violin since the death of her mother. But the call of music is too strong to overcome, so she begins sneaking out to
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The Lit Bitch
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love a great historical romance novel……add in some classical music and you have a wonderfully delightful read!

This story is told from Adriana’s perspective which I didn’t mind for the most part, but at times I thought it would have been nice to get Vivaldi’s perspective on what was going on. Maybe alternating chapters? Something to give the reader some insight into his thoughts. But overall I enjoyed Adriana character immensely. I loved how passionate she was about her music. Some of th
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Marie Clarisse
HOW DO I CONTINUE LIVING AFTER BEING EMOTIONALLY RUINED BY THIS BOOK?
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Violinist of Venice" is the story of a fictional mistress of Antonio Vivaldi, the famous composer. Just because I love historical fiction and didn't really know much about Vivaldi himself I decided to read this book. This book was so much more and really blew me away with the detail and the wonderful love story at its core. The fact that it's set in Venice, a place that I'm fascinated with, doesn't hurt either. This book is a great treat for historical fiction readers!

In this book, we meet
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Margaret Crampton
I loved this book it painted a beautiful picture of Venice in the time of Vivaldi the place, the people, the customs, the prejudices and culture of the noble and wealthy, as the backdrop to the fictional romances of Adriana d'Amato and her forbidden passion for Vivaldi and music and especially the violin. One can feel and hear the music. A much deserved 5 star book for this debut novel by Alyssa Palombo
Joy D
Historical fiction about a woman’s life in Venice society in the 1700s. It is Adriana d’Amato’s story, despite the titular mention of Vivaldi, covering her life as she navigates her way through youthful mistakes, an arranged marriage, becoming a mother, and eventually discovering happiness in unexpected places. The touchstone of this novel is her affair with Vivaldi, and how the repercussions follow her through life. It is a fictional imagining of what Vivaldi’s life could have been like if he w ...more
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)


The allure of forbidden romance almost always makes me pick up a book, so when I saw that this book had that and had a musical thread I knew I had to read it. Alyssa Palombo's debut is a sweeping love story between two people that cannot be together, yet whose love never fades over decades. I enjoyed this book but lack of relationship development early on made it impossible for me to believe the intensity of their romance.

This story is a fictional reimagining of what it might have looked lik
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Jaksen
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and truly appreciate the opportunity of reading a new book.

But truthfully, I could not finish this book, so am listing it as a dnf. I did not find the story interesting, nor the main characters intriguing enough for me to really care about them. I am passing the book on to a friend who enjoys 'historical romance,' as that is what I feel this book is.

There were many passages/scenes which were repetitious and did not move the story along. (Scenes of the MC,
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Natasa
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's safe to say Vivaldi to be one of my favorite composer's, so when I saw this book and read the description I knew I must have it. And I didn't regret it. Palombo's descriptions of performances, techniques, and the composing process are so emotive and alive that you swear you can hear the violins or an entire orchestra. It's a beautiful story. ..timeless. I recommend this book to everyone, and if you can listen to Vivaldi's music in the background, it's even better. Full review you can find o ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Excellent 18th century historical fiction set in Venice: Vivaldi, violins, and romance. The pacing can stagnate at times but this was very engaging, with an omnipresent Baroque atmosphere.
Jessica
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A story as gorgeous as its cover! Loved the way Palombo describes the music throughout the book--it's so vivid you can almost hear the violins. This is one of those great stories that's really about life and love in all its many forms. I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a good book, but particularly for lovers of well-researched historicals and music!
Gela
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
"First-reads-Goodreads win."

I am completely in love with this book and my heart is breaking as I am writing this. I feel like I just broken up or lost the love of my life. And I have.

I can't begin to express the way the author writes of heartache, of angst, and of the misery Adriana has went through. Though I imagine most of us who are older understand. I imagine some readers are upset that this isn't a Cinderella, HEA moment like most women, including myself has read about since childhood, oh h
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I have to admit I am neither a history buff nor a classical music buff but I do know who Vivaldi was, which along with the premise of this book, intrigued me enough to read and review this new release. I am a sucker for an amazing story of passion and romance and this one delivered the goods in many ways.

The author did an amazing job tying in the history of Vivaldi and what little is known about his life into a romance along with a bit of creative license. The best part about this book is the fa
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Amy
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can read this review and more @Book Enthral

First Thoughts 16/12

Truthfully I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did! It was a beautiful life spanning love story and I couldn't help being drawn in! I know this is only a play on history but I totally want it to be accurate!! I loved all the music referencing, even though a lot of it went over my head, it was all so beautiful! Review to come :)

Review 17/12

**! Received an Advanced Readers Copy from publisher, but that in no wa

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alyssa Palombo is a gifted writer. She brought baroque Venice and Antonio Vivaldi to life in this entertaining, romantic, musical novel. At its core, this is a beautiful love story. I'm already eager to read Palombo's next book. Thanks to the author and publisher, I won a copy of this book. This was my unsolicited and honest review.
Michelle
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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An elegant, consuming, and riveting forbidden love affair that transcends beauty, passion, love, and music. Alyssa Palombo has gracefully delivered a spectacular debut book that mixes history, romance, a crescendo of music and an added touch of forbidden love. The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi was a book that instantly gripped me as it explores a love affair of a young woman and a priest.

As a fan of Vivaldi's compositions,
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Dzenana Brkic
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, exciting, enduring. I loved it. :)
Sara
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story! While reading you can just feel every moment, you can picture and hear them playing violin, you can see the love, happiness and sadness. It also makes you wanna go to Venice. I really enjoyed this!
Craig Monson
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I chose this (with some misgivings) off the library’s “historical fiction” shelves when Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed turned up missing. Fiction it certainly is, but “historical”—not so much. Better suited, perhaps, to a “period romance” shelf, if there were such a thing. It reads as if a costume mistress mistakenly delivers 18th-century fancy dress to the set of One Life to Live at the last minute. But the show must go on. Characters act, speak, and think much more like folks from mid-20t ...more
Lindsay
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Though I finished The Violinist of Venice yesterday, I did not find myself in a position in which to successfully write a review. The world of the novel was still so completely in my head, I found myself living in the resonances of the story.

The Violinist of Venice is the story of Adriana D’Amato’s love affair with composer Antonio Vivaldi, and it is also so much more than that. Adriana flexes her independence at the novel’s start by seeking out Vivaldi in order to resume her much missed violin
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Adrienne Carrick
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest right up front. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I am a fan of a good story.
This has a little bit of everything - A love story, with music, history, and art. It even has a feminist twist as we watch the protagonist, Adriana, fight to live the life she wants in a world that is too often controlled by the men in her life. Add to that gorgeous descriptions of Venice and there is something for everyone to appreciate.
Alyssa Palombo
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Not going to lie, I am a big fan of this book :)
Virginia
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel was a great read. I enjoyed this historical fiction love story. It was the best that I have read this spring.
I highly recommend this one.
Kelly Gunderman
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Check out this review and a special interview with the author, Alyssa Palombo, on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

If ever a beautiful, alluring historical novel has been written, The Violinist of Venice, debut novel from author Alyssa Palombo, is definitely it. Absolutely captivating, this stunning novel will capture your heart with the beautiful descriptions of Venice, the characters that practically pull you right into the story, and the heart wrenching romance that you can’t help but be hope
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Rhiannon Johnson
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read my review here: http://www.ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.c...
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. 
I am drawn to any book that is set in France or Italy. I was not sure how much I would enjoy this book however since it looked "romantic." Romance novels are not my preferred reading so I told myself "Give it a try and if you don't like it after 30 pages, move along." Well, I read almost half the novel in my first sittin
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Chris
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: hf, italy
In the author's note, she speculates what if Anna Giro, who was thought to be Vivaldi's mistress, was really his illegitimate daughter? Who was her mother? And what is their story? She builds her novel on the story of this secret romance. I love Vivaldi's music & was eager to read a novel that involved his life. The first 3/4 of the book I felt was a very formulaic romance wrapped in early 18thC Venice. The richness of that time period & setting were lacking for me, the culture of intrigue and ...more
Deborah Pickstone
This is well written and very readable if you can get past the fact that it is in no way biographical. I find these 'what might have been' 'biographical' novels to be rather taking a liberty with the actualité - and in this case, Vivaldi hardly features, once he's finished being involved with a girl he didn't orter have got involved with (and actually didn't, in fact - she is all fiction).

That gripe aside (and it was big enough that I nearly abandoned ship) this is a well-written debut but relie
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Liviu
Mar 03, 2016 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me
the prose didn't click for me here - like any first person narrative it's fairly easy to see from the first page if it will work or not for you, though as usual I read from many parts of the book including the ending just in case there was a point to "hook" me and it never happened
Ashley Gallegos
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Alyssa Palombo’s debut novel and by far her best! All of her books are amazing but this one is simply captivating! I couldn’t put it down!
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My name is Alyssa Palombo, and I am a writer living and working in Buffalo, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where I majored in English and creative writing with a minor in music. I’m a classically trained mezzo-soprano who also dabbles in playing piano. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, hanging out and laughing way too hard at nonsensical inside jokes with friends, trav ...more

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