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    The Treasures of Venice by Loucinda McGary
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  • Published: Sep 5th, 2009

McGary_VeniceReviewed by:  PJ Ausdenmore
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
4.5 Stars

Venice, Italy is one of my favorite cities.  Beautiful during the day, Venice epitomizes romance with grand palaces, elaborate bridges and, of course, gondolas but when the sun goes down a faintly sinister atmosphere cloaks her dark alleys and canals.  When I wander through Venice in the daylight I can appreciate her history while remaining firmly in the 21st century but when I walk her narrow, shadowy streets at night I can almost believe that I have been transported back to the 15th century.   Those qualities make this ancient city by the sea the perfect setting for Loucinda McGary’s exciting new romantic suspense story, one with an intriguing paranormal twist.

Pretending to be the handsome Irishman’s girlfriend for the afternoon is Librarian, Samantha Lewis’s second impulsive act.  The first one was taking the 10-day tour of Italy that would have been her honeymoon if her long-time fiancé hadn’t dumped her three weeks before the wedding.  The old Sam would never have gone off with the sexy stranger, even if he does seem familiar, but the “new and improved” Sam is ready to throw caution out the window, at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.   It’s only after she’s placed herself firmly in his grasp that she realizes where she’s seen him – the night before, in her dreams about 15th century Venice.

Black-haired, blue-eyed Irish charmer, Kiernan Fitzgerald is on a dangerous mission to locate the missing Jewels of the Madonna, the ransom necessary to rescue his kidnapped sister, and is not above using a lovely American as a temporary cover.  He’s never seen the woman before and only intends for her to accompany him on a brief tour of The Doge’s Palace before going their separate ways but when he is stabbed and left to die in a canal later that night, the person he goes to for help is Sam, the woman with whom he feels an inexplicably strong connection.

McGary plunges Sam and Kiernan into the depths of a dark and dangerous mystery, racing against time, and unknown enemies, to find the jewels that have been lost for centuries, their only hope of saving the life of Kiernan’s sister.  In a clever twist, as the present story unfolds, so too does the 1485 tale of Nino, a poor sculptor and Seraphina, a young woman being forced by her wealthy parents to marry her dead sister’s husband.  Through Sam’s dreams we watch Nino and Seraphina struggle with their unexpected and increasingly intense feelings for one another while Sam and Kiernan travel a parallel path in the present.   As the 15th century love story slowly unfolds will the story of the lost jewels be unveiled as well?  Has Sam been “chosen” to be the person to solve the mystery or could Sam and Kiernan really be the 15th century soul-mates, Nino and Seraphina, destined to love for an eternity?

For heart-stopping suspense and passionate romance set amidst the historic grandeur of Venice, Italy you can’t go wrong with Loucinda McGary’s The Treasures of Venice.

8 Responses to “The Treasures of Venice by Loucinda McGary”

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  1. LisaK
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 4:25 am

    Wonderful review, PJ (I especially like the first paragraph. It’s so … beautifully written)! This book sounds intriguing, to say the least. Let’s see if I won’t pick it up after I’ve read the eight books that currently rest on my desk before me. 🙂

  2. Marisa
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 6:23 am

    Wow – great review PJ. I’m very interested in reading this book. I really love books that have parallel story lines featuring the past and present – when done well it can be most exciting. I also love that this is a romantic suspense that takes place in both time periods.

  3. Gannon
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 10:21 am

    Fantastic review, PJ! Venice is such a beautiful city, but as you said, there is a sinister and almost other-worldly quality at night.

    Can’t wait to pick this one up! Man, my TBR pile is dangerously out of control. 😀

  4. Janga
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 2:44 pm

    PJ, you’re my favorite reviewer. I’m glad I’ve read this one, or I’d be rushing out to add another book to my out-of-control TBR stash.

    I enjoyed both The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice. Gotta love those Irish heroes! And I’m a fan of the way LM handles the paranormal.

  5. Aunty Cindy aka Loucinda McGary
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 8:24 pm

    Thank you, PJ,
    (Aunty blushes) For the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed The Treasures of Venice and hope everyone else will too. This was truly the book of my heart, and the first romantic suspense I ever wrote. I’m so happy to see it in print and to know that readers are loving the story and characters.


  6. Sharon Lathan
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 8:55 pm

    Way to go Cindy! I never doubted it for a moment. I am picking up my copy tomorrow. The Borders in town finally has it. Hopefully someday they will get mine! Hurry up with the Wild Mess so we can have more McGary’s on our bookshelf. 🙂 Sharon

  7. Jo Robertson
    on Sep 5th, 2009
    @ 9:17 pm

    Great review, PJ! I loved this book in draft when Cindy was writing it and I love it even more the second time around!

  8. Helen
    on Sep 6th, 2009
    @ 6:29 am

    PJ Another fantastic review I have ordered Aunty Cindy’s book and am waiting for it to arrive so as I can read it
    Can’t wait

    Have Fun

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