The Lover’s Path: An Illustrated Novella of Venice by Kris Waldherr is an absolutely gorgeous book both in story and in the stunning art work depicted throughout its pages. It is a beautifully written tale of forbidden love that is accompanied by amazing illustrations that are a treat for a reader’s eyse. When I opened this book I fell into it and couldn’t put it down until I turned the last page and quite often found myself going back to look at the illustrations again or to read a particular passage that really struck a chord with me.
The Lover’s Path takes us to 16th century Venice where we meet Filamena Ziani. She lives with her older sister Tullia Ziani who is a very well known courtesan in Venice. Filamena longs for a life where she has the freedom to do what she wants but after the death of their mother her sister has virtually kept her a prisoner in their palazzo. Tullia believes that she is saving her sister from all the dangers of the real world. Instead she has taught her to read, to compose music, and to sing exquisitely. Yet Filamena longs for all of the things her sister wishes to shelter her from.
Then Filamena and Angelo happen to see each other and a love is born. A forbidden love because not only does Filamena’s sister oppose this love, so does Angelo’s father. Angelo offers Filamena all she desires especially the chance to live her own life. Will she take the risk? Will she walk the lover’s path with this man she so loves?
I loved this book and can see myself delving into it again in the future. The illustrations are beautiful and the author perfectly weaves fact with fiction in a story sure to capture your heart as it did mine. Highly recommended!
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