Duchessa Anastasia sneaks away from the family mansion at night in 18th Century Venezia during Carnevale. Giorgio, her cavalier servente, has feelings for her. Anastasia accepts the esteemed courtier, Leandro’s marriage proposal though he fails to disclose an important detail about himself. The royal guards seize Giorgio at the d’Alessi manor. The Crown accuses Giorgio of treason. Capriana, a servant, knows how Giorgio was framed. A conspirator intends to murder her. Anastasia and Leandro investigate Giorgio’s allegations before they are wed. The duchessa is surprised as to whom it leads.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have a fascination with Italy. This was my first historical romance novel to take place in the city-states and I have always inclined towards the 18th century. I looked at old 18th century paintings and frescoes to have an idea of the environment. The characters however developed organically–and so did the story.