Monday, July 31, 2017

Spotlight on Casanova's Secret Wife by Barbara Lynn Davis

Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Kensington Books
304 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Biographical

Set in eighteenth-century Venice and based on an actual account by Giacomo Casanova—here is a lush tale of desire and risk.

Caterina Capreta was an innocent girl of fourteen when she caught the attention of the world’s most infamous chronicler of seduction: Giacomo Casanova. Intoxicated by a fierce love, she wed Casanova in secret. But his shocking betrayal inspired her to commit an act that would mark her forever …

Now twenty years later on the island of Murano, the woman in possession of Caterina’s most devastating secret has appeared with a request she cannot refuse: to take in a noble-born girl whose scandalous love affair resembles her own. But the girl’s presence stirs up unwelcome memories of Caterina’s turbulent past. Tested like never before, she reveals the story of the man she will never forget.

Bringing to life a fascinating chapter in the history of Venice, Casanova’s Secret Wife is a tour de force that charts one woman’s journey through love and loss to redemption.

Praise for Casanova's Secret Wife

“Lynn-Davis admirably incorporates historical detail into this page-turning drama of mystery, love, and loss….Yet the standout is her depiction of Casanova – Lynn-Davis clearly enjoys crafting a real-life character who stands apart from the legend, making him the book’s most enduring character.” – Publishers Weekly

“Lynn-Davis debuts with a fascinating story based on the notorious lover Giacomo Casanova’s writings. With Venice as the romantic backdrop and young love as its focus, this stunning tale of passion, betrayal and redemption is a richly woven tapestry of Casanova’s early life. By bringing little known history to life, Lynn-Davis delivers an unforgettable love story, centering not only on Casanova, but two women who share the beauty of love and the pain of loss; one will find salvation and the other true happiness.”- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“Full of passion and rich historical detail . . . an enthralling read, impossible to put down.” –Phyllis T. Smith, bestselling author

“This is Venice beneath the mask: A dark and fascinating love story hiding in the shadows of the golden city.” –Marina Fiorato, bestselling author of The Glassblower of Murano

“Seductive and unforgettable” –Harmony Verna, author of Daughter of Australia

“Breathtaking, beautiful . . . will mesmerize readers.” –Rosanna Chiofalo, author of Stella Mia

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About the Author


Barbara Lynn-Davis graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history. She then worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and later spent a year there while completing her Ph.D. in Renaissance art at Princeton University.

She currently teaches art history and writing at Wellesley College, and lives outside Boston with her family.

For more information please visit Barbara Lynn-Davis’ website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.


It's Giveaway Time!!


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of Casanova’s Secret Wife! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form HERE.

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Casanova's Secret Wife Blog Tour Schedule


Tuesday, July 25

Review at 100 Pages a Day
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, July 26

Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, July 27

Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, July 28

Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, July 31

Review at A Bookish Affair
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Tuesday, August 1

Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Wednesday, August 2

Review & Guest Post at Books of All Kinds

Thursday, August 3

Review at Library of Clean Reads
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Friday, August 4

Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, August 7

Review at Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, August 8

Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, August 9

Guest Post at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Thursday, August 10

Spotlight at Queen Bee Books

Friday, August 11

Review at Trisha Jenn Reads

Monday, August 14

Spotlight at Books, Dreams, Life

Tuesday, August 15

Review at Creating Herstory

Wednesday, August 16

Guest Post at Creating Herstory

Thursday, August 17

Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, August 18

Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Interview at Ms. Stuart Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

Monday, August 21

Review at Broken Teepee
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, August 22

Review at Bookramblings
Review at Jorie Loves a Story


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