Joseph and his sister Sophie are all set to begin fresh in Venice. They’ve left New York under a veil of scandal – something they plan to keep to themselves – but they know that Joseph has what it takes to become the next big thing in the art world. If he can get noticed by the right people, that is. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long for Joseph to get the right kind of attention.
Nicholas Dane once had high hopes for his own career, but thanks to losing his muse (literally) he now spends his time on the hunt for artists like Joseph. See Nicholas’s talent has fallen prey to one Odilé Leon, a longtime patron of the arts.
Odilé has a knack for spotting a particular kind of talent and when they’ve served their purpose she moves onto another. Nicholas knows Odilé’s secrets; he knows what she needs to survive. Nicholas knows that Joseph is exactly what Odilé has been looking for and he intends to do whatever it takes to bring her down.
Megan Chance’s latest is a bit of a twist on historical fiction. Set in nineteenth-century Italy, the story is a compelling and hypnotic one spun around the historic city and the art scene of the time. There are some famous faces, some well-known names, and a web of intrigue with an interesting and somewhat unexpected twist.
Inamorata is a truly captivating read, one I feel works best if the reader is left to learn its secrets themselves. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise and give too much away. Know this, though, Chance’s storytelling is entrancing and Inamorata is the kind of book that’s hard to put down once you’ve begun.
9/14 Becky LeJeune
INAMORATA by Megan Chance. Lake Union Publishing (August 1, 2014). ISBN 978-1477823033. 420p.