Book Review, Book Tour, Historical

Book Review – All the Lost Places

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

My Thoughts

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!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255




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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