Historical fiction

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

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I chose to read this book because I’ve liked some of the other books by the same author. A dual timeline with a mysterious past is also quite a draw. In this book, one timeline shows a woman facing the end of her marriage and struggling with the role she chose to play in the relationship. The other timeline is actually split into three different parts. All of these pieces were individually well done, but I wanted more order and lesser bouncing around. When I first started reading historical fiction like this, I liked the back and forth, and by this time, I think I am just tired of the effort it takes to sometimes switch emotions. I am stating this fact so that the rating and my comments on this book make more sense, coloured by facts and personal preference.
The characters, the timing and the situations are all vividly described making it a very active storyline. There is always something happening, with some parts being predictable while others were not.
The plot revolves around wartime but focuses more on the growth arc of the women, one more than the other.
I think people who like the genre and the author will enjoy the book.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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