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Love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII in an enthralling novel of brief encounters and lasting romance by the New York Times best-selling author of The Tuscan Child and Above the Bay of Angels.

Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper...Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than 60 years.

It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.

Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

©2021 Janet Quin-Harkin, writing as Rhys Bowen (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Another great stand-alone story by Rhys Bowen

I enjoyed the multiple time lines, the historical setting, and the love stories. Now I want to go to Venice!

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wonderful

I loved everything about this book and I finished it in two days. Beautiful story.

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Beautiful, sad, lonely, haunting...

I have listened to dozens of WW2 books..

This one is very much one i will listen to again.

I wish there was more about how Great Auntie lived..even just two more paragraphs..

Good job!

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A magical, heartbreaking tale

World War II fiction from the Italian perspective is becoming one of my favorites. The author drew me in to these complex people making the best decisions they could in the most devastating of circumstances. I am so sad the book ended. I am invested in the characters lives and desperately need to know more about Caroline and how “the rest of the story” goes. Well worth a credit!

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Another Excellent Story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Both the interesting story and outstanding narration by Barrie Kreinik. I always look forward Rhys Bowen books!

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Her BEST yet!

Loved getting to visit Venice vicariously via this book!
I think it would make a fine movie!