The Gondola Maker
Luca Vianello is the heir to the city s most esteemed gondola boatyard. It s his life s calling, his duty to his father and the generations that came before him. But when his mother dies in childbirth, a lifetime of resentment boils to the surface. In an argument with his father, Luca... show more
Luca Vianello is the heir to the city s most esteemed gondola boatyard. It s his life s calling, his duty to his father and the generations that came before him. But when his mother dies in childbirth, a lifetime of resentment boils to the surface. In an argument with his father, Luca accidentally sets fire to the boatyard. In an instant, his life, his destiny, goes up in flames. Alone for the first time, Luca secures a job as a private gondolier to a busy portrait painter. He discovers a dilapidated gondola in the shadows of the artist s boathouse. He recognizes it as an antique made in his own family boatyard--by his own grandfather s hands. Luca finds himself drawn to restore the old gondola with the dream of taking a beautiful girl for a ride. What he doesn't know is that the girl, the daughter of a rich banker who has come to the artist's studio to sit for a portrait, has a plan of her own.
Publish date: 2014-03-03
Publisher: Laura Morelli
Pages no: 341
Edition language: English
See the review on my blog:http://vanillamoonbooks.blogspot.ro/2015/01/review-gondola-maker-by-laura-morelli.htmlIf you are anything like me, then when you hear the word "gondola", this is the image that comes to mind:But how many of you know about the art of crafting such a fine boat, how it was a f...
I requested this book from NetGalley, because I have a vacation planned in Venice this summer, and I knew this would get me in the mood. Not that you ever need to “get in the mood” for a trip to Italy, but there’s still snow outside my window, and I’m trying to forget it’s winter. Also, I have a fon...
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Luca Vianello's life has been set for him; as the eldest son of one of Venice's top gondola makers, he is destined to one day take his father's place. His father has also arranged a beneficial marriage for him. Luca is not sure that this is his destiny at all and when his mother dies in childbirth...