All the Lost Places
by Amanda Dykes
When all of Venice is unmasked, one man’s identity remains a mystery . . .
When a baby is discovered floating in a basket along the quiet canals of Venice, a guild of artisans takes him in and raises him as a son, skilled in each of their trades. Although the boy, Sebastien Trovato, has wrestled with questions of his origins, it isn’t until a woman washes ashore on his lagoon island that answers begin to emerge. In hunting down his story, Sebastien must make a choice that could alter not just his own future, but also that of the beloved floating city.
Daniel Goodman is given a fresh start in life as the century turns. Hoping to redeem a past laden with regrets, he is sent on an assignment from California to Venice to procure and translate a rare book. There, he discovers a city of colliding hope and decay, much like his own life, and a mystery wrapped in the pages of that filigree-covered volume. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, Daniel finds himself in a web of shadows, secrets, and discoveries carefully kept within the stones and canals of the ancient city . . . and in the mystery of the man whose story the book does not finish: Sebastien Trovato.
“Introspective, surprising, and achingly beautiful.”–Booklist starred review
Every time I am privileged enough to be able to read an Amanda Dykes novel, I am left in awe and amazement. This one is no exception. As I finished reading, I found myself… stunned. Mostly just left unsure of how to begin crafting a review worthy of this beautifully sweet masterpiece.
Well. It’s been awhile. And I still don’t have the right words to fully explain this beautiful story.
So, instead, I will keep my review short and say that this is one amazing book.
It is a book about people finding themselves. Figuring out who they really are, and finding where they belong.
Two different time lines, woven together in a beautiful way.
I love, loved the setting. I have always wanted to visit Venice, and I could at least in a tiny way, do that through these pages.
If you are looking for a historical fiction novel that has something of substance, and is more than just an easy reading story, then please, do yourself a favor and read this book!
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Amanda Dykes’s debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, and the winner of an INSPY Award. She’s also the author of Yours Is the Night and Set the Stars Alight, a 2021 Christy Award finalist.
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