Spotlight Feature: The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi by Alyssa Palombo

Out now just in time for the holidays come THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo. This book would be the perfect gift for the music lover, romance reader, or historical fiction aficionado on your list.

This book is a fictional account of 18th century Venetian composer, Vivaldi, and his secret mistress, is at its core, a story of passion. Passion for art, passion for love, and what happens when the two collide.

I have this one to review next month and I have to tell you…..I can hardly wait! It sounds so well written and engaging. Not to mention I am in serious cover lust!

With rich historical settings, forbidden love, and enchanting musical strains, this book has mass appeal for a lot of different readers. Here is the summary to entice readers:

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 of her family’s palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair.
Adriana’s father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, prominent member of Venice’s patrician class-and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, only complicates matters-but Vivaldi is a priest, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society. They both know their affair will end upon Adriana’s marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. The repercussions of his choice-and of Adriana’s own choices-will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined.
Spanning more than 30 years of Adriana’s life, Alyssa Palombo’s The Violinist of Venice is a story of passion, music, ambition, and finding the strength to both fall in love and to carry on when it ends.


Vivid and alive and thrumming with the exquisite strains of violin music, the novel explores the impossible choices between love and duty and the demands of art in the decadent world of early 18th century Venice.”

Kate Forsyth, international bestselling author of Bitter Greens

About the Author

ALYSSA PALOMBO has published short historical fiction pieces in Black Lantern, Novelletum, and The Great Lakes Review. She is a recent a graduate of Canisius College with degrees in English and creative writing, respectively, as well as a trained classical musician. The Violinist of Venice is her first novel. She lives in Tonawanda, New York. You can find out more about her and her books on her website and be sure to follow her on Twitter!

Where to buy

If you are ready to start reading it immediately, you can purchase your copy on Amazon right now!

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