The Rossetti Letter

The Rossetti Letter

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Baker & Taylor
Fearing that her life's work will be rendered useless if a Cambridge professor successfully proves his conspiracy theory about seventeenth-century Venetian Republic courtesan Alessandra Rossetti, Harvard Ph.D. candidate Claire Donovan agrees to accompany a troubled teen in order to gain passage to the professor's presentation in Venice. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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 professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator - a move that could destroy Claire's paper and career.
As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan's true motives, Alessandra's story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice. Claire also falls under the city's spell. She is courted by a handsome Italian, matches wits with her academic adversary, bonds with her troubled young charge, and, amid the boundless beauty of Venice, recaptures the joy of living every moment.

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& Taylor

Fearing that her research will be rendered useless if a Cambridge professor proves his theory about seventeenth-century Venetian courtesan Alessandra Rossetti, Ph.D. candidate Claire Donovan agrees to chaperone a troubled teen in order to gain passage to the professor's presentation in Venice.

Simon and Schuster
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 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 professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator -- a move that could destroy Claire's paper and career.

As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan's true motives, Alessandra's story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice. Claire also falls under the city's spell. She is courted by a handsome Italian, matches wits with her academic adversary, bonds with her troubled young charge, and, amid the boundless beauty of Venice, recaptures the joy of living every moment....

Layering wit and warmth into her portraits of two very different yet equally dynamic heroines, Christi Phillips shifts effortlessly between past and present in a remarkable novel that is at once a love story, a mystery, and an intriguing historical drama. Filled with beautifully rendered details of one of the world's oldest and most magical cities, The Rossetti Letter marks Phillips's debut as a writer of extraordinary skill and grace.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781416527374
1416527370
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 24 cm

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Barbara5060 Aug 16, 2012

I really liked this book. The description of how history is investigated was very interesting, showing how what remains behind is interpretted, re-examined, reinterpretted, and maybe becomes closer to the truth, maybe not. Good characters, some surprises in the historical plot. Good writing.

tlwren Aug 30, 2011

Wow, kept me intrigued all the way thru, loved it and would read it again.

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PatrickT
Jul 25, 2011

Pretty good. The historical story was better than the modern day one but the two stories were woven together well.

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Barbara5060 Aug 16, 2012

Describing one of the villains:
"If the senator was a priest, he was a priest in the service of the Devil, if an ascetic, an ascetic with assassin's hands." p. 182

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