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Conjuring Casanova

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  24 reviews
ER physician Elizabeth Hillman has been hurt by the men in her life far too often--which is why she spends her free time safely alone, reading the memoir of Giacomo Casanova, history's most famous libertine. But when a child in Lizzy's care dies, she flees to Venice, Italy for a much-needed break--and there, on a lovely rooftop, Casanova appears beside her. In 2016, Casano ...more
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Published June 7th 2016 by She Writes Press
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Dan McKeown
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My girlfriend made me read this book because she loved it so much. It is not a book I would normally read. It is sort of a romance but it has a lot of historical information and facts that made it interesting to me. I didn't know anything about Casanova and was actually surprised to find out he was a real person and had written a memoir. All of this I learned from the book plus a lot about attitudes and mores from his time. It was funny to see the contrasts between now and then. ...more
Dawne Webber
Feb 13, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction
Melissa Rea brings Casanova vividly to life in her debut novel, Conjuring Casanova. It’s the story of Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, a woman whose heart has been broken too many times. She retreats from life, burying herself in her work and finding solace in her luxurious loft apartment. She spends her free time with Giacomo Casanova in the form of his memoir. She reads and rereads it, obsessed with the man in its pages. He can’t break her heart.

When a child dies on her watch, Lizzy is devastated. Told
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Conjuring Casanova by Melissa Rea is a fun, warm, and delightful read! From the first page I was hooked. I love books that are whimsical, contain strong female characters, and have a life lesson to share without shoving it down your throat.... Conjuring Casanova did just that for me! This book portrays women as they are today, their thoughts, work, relationships, and challenges. Then it throws in a bit of romance, humor, fantasy, and history...what is there not to love? Conjure up some feel good ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion*

There were many things I liked about this book. I liked that the main character, Elizabeth, was middle aged, intelligent, child-free, humorous, and not the typical romance book definition of "beautiful." (She had wrinkles, body fat, etc.) This made her a very unique and realistic character. I do not know much about Casanova, but the author seems well informed about him, and I enjoyed the character. The romance between Eli
Pamela Dae
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah, that naughty, naughty Casanova. Transport him magically to the 21st Century and before he's learned how to use the microwave, he's playing strip poker with the ladies. Melissa Rea has done her research, creating a fully-realized, fascinating incarnation of one of history's most intriguing lovers. And talk about hot, hot, hot. It may be 2016 but Casanova employs every move in every book to make him as legendary at love as he deserves. I have a full review, plus interview with the author, food ...more
Nina McKissock
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Rea weaves the life story of Lizzy-a respected, hard-working E.R. physician, and her love for Giacomo Casanova; the misconstrued lover of all women. As Lizzy navigates her responsibilities and obligations, her life of fantasy and reality collide, combine and gently intertwine into a story Rea tells that's erotic, sensual and creative. It's a fun romp, with a message that digging in to life, truly listening to the message behind the lore, and that seeing that all is not what it seems, may ...more
Oct 29, 2016 added it
This is an absolutely delightful book, a confection but with a nutritious center. Melissa Rea does conjure up Casanova, not as the deceiver and betrayer that most of us associate with his name, but as a charmer. The setting in Venice (for at least some of the book) doesn't hurt a bit either. The book is raunchy at times but only in a joyous way. Recommended for anyone who needs a hot bath and a fun book that won't rot your teeth with its sweetness. ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Casanova imparted excellent philosophy within the soup of settings. The book is well written with well-developed characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance with a literary bent?
Betty Herman
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC to check out. I do a lot of reading but mostly mysteries. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It had a great blend of historical information with a contemporary twist on romance. It is a fast-paced read and very entertaining and also funny. I highly recommend it!
Michelle Arthington
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable romp through time and several cities with the avowed "world's greatest lover". Things really get cooking after the first 40 pages or so. I most enjoyed the history and the humorous way in which Casanova willingly adapts to his new circumstances. Thank you for a good read, Melissa! ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this charming novel as a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the storyline and lessons learned throughout by the lead characters.
Louise Morris
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hysterical! Love the fact that the Chapters are song names.
Laura Martin
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This isn't really my type of book, but I thought it was well written and a clever idea! ...more
Kristin Hanes
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Sadly, this book lost my interest about half-through. It started out with a fun adventure...a doctor needing a break from work who went to Italy and somehow found Casanova. I learned a lot about Casanova that I never knew! But I didn't find the writing solid enough to continue....needed some editing and trimming to make it work for me, and some work on story flow. ...more
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (10/16)

“Conjuring Casanova” by Melissa Rea is a delightful romantic tale about an ER physician, Elizabeth Hillman, and her encounters with the most infamous rogue of the eighteenth century, Giacomo Casanova. Elizabeth hasn’t had the greatest luck with the men in her life so for her, cozying up with the memoir of the legendary lover seems like the safest and best antidote. When a young child dies tragically in the ER under her care, Elizabeth is put on adm
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cnf
I received this book as a good reads giveaway.

I made a whole hearted attempt to finish this book. I really did. It did not hold my interest. It seemed extremely lame. the use of the word "century" repeatedly, over and over was more than I could bare. The main character is bipolar, does not react properly to certain situations and at times very dry and lacks her own personality. Physical descriptions were long and drawn out as well as contradicting, leaving me to question what color the cat actu
Rita Gardner
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Conjuring Casanova is an unusual and amusing tale of love and lust that brings the Giacomo Casanova of the eighteenth century alive in 2016. The protagonist Lizzy is a young Chicago doctor obsessed with the famed libertine, whose memoirs she reads compulsively. When circumstances at work force her to take a medical leave, she decides on a whim to visit Venice, Casanova’s former home. Expecting just an opportunity to learn more about her subject and his favorite city, she encounters nothing less ...more
Diana Paul
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“We go through our lives living in the rational world every day when maybe just maybe there is magic all around us.” (p. 114) Who wouldn’t like to believe in magic?

In this delighful time-slip novel, we see an emergency-room doctor “closing in on fifty” and wishing her love life were better. Then, who comes into her life but Casanova himself to take her on a sensual romp in the twenty-first century. He is a quick learner in the ways of modern love.

The reader will not want to disturb the enchant
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve heard many accounts and read several stories about this legendary ladies man, but “Conjuring Casanova” certainly brings a unique spin to the table. The characters are extremely well developed and really take the center stage. Of course, Casanova is Casanova, and though there are limitless ways in which he could be portrayed, watching him grow and adapt to life in the twenty-first century felt convincing and realistic. Elizabeth is a respectable, intelligent female protagonist and I apprecia ...more
Deborah Langer
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read. I had the honor of receiving an ARC of this book and I am eagerly awaiting my ordered copies, so I may share this great story with others. This talented author brings life to this master of love with such credibility that you'll find yourself wanting to read his memoirs to find evidence that this really happened. The book is whimsical with the ups and down that are the nature of life and love. However the best part is discovering the insightful perspective that this gentleman ...more
Tammy Downing
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways. A very entertaining story of a doctor who has had her heart broken several time and is a very big fan of Casanova. She goes to Venice for a vacation and he magically appears by her table as she sits crying. Their adventures as they travel to her hometown of Chicago, Paris and back to Venice are delightful. The resolution to his time travel is quite sweet.
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Melissa Rea has a degree in psychology with a minor in French, is an amateur Casanovist. A dedicated researcher, she has read Histoire de Ma Vie many times in English and in its original Archaic French. She traveled to Paris to see the handwritten manuscript when it was displayed for the first time in over two hundred years, and has stayed in the hotel in Venice that was Giacomo Casanova’s home fo ...more

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