Special Feature: THE ORPHAN’S SONG by Lauren Kate

I think that many of you know how much I love historical fiction by now, so when this book arrived in my mailbox I was thrilled! Isn’t that cover just to die for?! And I have been seeing this book pop up, not just on my social media, but on many different lists as one of the summers hottest historical fiction releases.

Today I am thrilled to share with all of you that THE ORPHAN’S SONG is officially out in the world and ripe for the reading. The author, Lauren Kate, is also going to be in the Portland area signing books at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing location and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it up there to meet her.

But until then, here is a little info about the book everyone is talking about this summer.

A sweeping story of music and mystery that explores the vibrant world of 18th century Venice through the eyes of two gifted orphans and the transformative power of their star-crossed love. After building a successful career writing wildly popular young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Fallen and Teardrop series, Lauren Kate has now turned her considerable talents to her adult historical fiction debut.


The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Timesbestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and music–and the secrets each hold–that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans.

“A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous.” –Fiona Davis, author of The Address

A song brought them together.
A secret will tear them apart.

Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta’s voice, she is selected for the Incurables’ world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.

After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the “city of masks,” Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation.

Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan’s Song takes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love (summary from Goodreads).

About the Author

Lauren Kate is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of nine novels for young adults, including Fallen, which was made into a major motion picture by Sony. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter Matilda, and son Venice (named after the city where The Orphan’s Song is set). 

Advanced Praise

“Kate’s enchanting story brings the canals and backchannels of Venice to vivid life and will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Chadwick.” —Publishers Weekly

“An operatic and opulently detailed tale of longing, secrets, and high-stakes quests for freedom, love, art, and home…Kate vividly conjures a city of beauty and pain, piety and criminality, helplessness and ruthlessness, while choreographing a suspenseful, soaring love story of anguish, ecstasy, risk, and stunning reversals.”


“Kate mesmerizes in a tale that brilliantly recreates 1700s Venice—a city of high-stakes intrigue and earthly delights…A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption.  Marvelous.

—Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece

“Gorgeous… Kate uncovers the intriguing, little-known origin of the era’s most famous Baroque musicians…Brimming with love, deception, and ultimately, surprising truth.

—Marie Benedict, author of The Only Woman in the Room

The Orphan’s Song plunges the reader into the streets and canals of eighteenth-century Venice, where the world of Carnivale roils with music, love, and intrigue. Lauren Kate is a masterful storyteller, with a stunning command of her rich historical material and the ability to draw forth the beautiful and intimate songs of the human heart.—Allison Pataki, New


Los Angeles, CA – Vroman’s Bookstore, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Monday, 6/24 at 7:00 PM

Dallas, TX – Interabang Books, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Tuesday, 6/25 at 6:00 PM

Houston, TX – Murder by the Book, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Wednesday, 6/26 at 6:30 PM

Naperville, IL – Anderson’s Bookshop, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Thursday, 6/27 at 7:00 PM

Salt Lake City, UT – The King’s English Bookshop, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Friday, 6/28 at 7:00 PM

Portland, OR – Powell’s Books (Cedar Hills Crossing), Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Monday, 7/1 at 7:00 PM

Corte Madera, CA – Book Passage, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Tuesday, 7/2 at 7:00 PM

Culver City, CA – The Ripped Bodice, Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing – Thursday, 7/11 at 7:00 PM

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