The Venice Sketchbook

by Rhys Bowen is about forbidden love and family secrets, played out across several generations. In 1928, 18-year-old English art student Juliet Browning travels to Venice with her aunt for an eye-opening trip that awakens her, like an E.M. Forster heroine, to life’s passions. In 1938, she returns to her beloved city but the onset of war, along with secrets and intrigue, keep her away from home. Decades later, Juliet’s great-niece Caroline receives a deathbed bequest from her “Aunt Lettie”: a sketchbook, three keys, and the whispered word Venice. Readers will be swept up in the evocative setting and the unraveling family saga.