My Shelf Confessions is happy to be on the blog tour for Inamorata by Megan Chance hosted by TLC Tours! We’ve also got a giveaway provided as well, so be sure to check that out following the review! I have to say that Megan Chance has written a couple of my favorite books – including one of my all time favs: The Inconvenient Wife, which I highly recommend for all gothic Victorian era mystery lovers, you’ll never see the ending coming!
American artist Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister, Sophie, have arrived in enchanting nineteenth-century Venice with a single-minded goal. The twins, who have fled scandal in New York, are determined to break into Venice’s expatriate set and find a wealthy patron to support Joseph’s work.
But the enigmatic Hannigans are not the only ones with a secret agenda. Joseph’s talent soon attracts the attention of the magnificent Odilé Leon, a celebrated courtesan and muse who has inspired many artists to greatness. But her inspiration comes with a devastatingly steep price.
As Joseph falls under the courtesan’s spell, Sophie joins forces with Nicholas Dane, the one man who knows Odilé’s dark secret, and her sworn enemy. When the seductive muse offers Joseph the path to eternal fame, the twins must decide who to believe—and just how much they are willing to sacrifice for fame.
I have been a huge fan of Megan Chance ever since reading her book An Inconvenient Wife. It’s still one of my fav books of all-time, which is saying a lot. Chance just writes historicals like no one else I know. They’re completely atmospheric, you get sucked into that world and it doesn’t let you go. This being my third book of hers, I knew it would fabulous. I wasn’t quite sure about the premise but since it was a Megan Chance book, I threw caution to the wind.
I have to say Chance exceeded my expectations with Inamorata. In fact, she might have even written another book that is in my all-time favorite list. I’m already finding myself recommending this to everyone I know – and loaned it out to one person! It is without a doubt one of my top favs of all the books I’ve read this year! And let me tell you that the blurb does NOT do the book justice, although I’m glad that it doesn’t spoil the mystery, because that’s a good portion of the allure of the novel, not knowing what to expect.
The language is beautifully written and you get completely immersed in the story. I rarely read books in a day and a half but I had SUCH a hard time putting this one down! I read a short bit of the book before going to sleep and then I woke up the next day and did not put the book down until I had finished the last page – and that’s including going without any internet breaks, etc! Nearly unheard of for me! It was almost as if the book had weaved it’s own spell over me, enchanting me to read more and more.
Wouldn’t be surprising since Inamorata is about a very interesting woman.. enticing, seductive.. she has men ensorceled before they know it (don’t you love that word? I am trying to put it into my everyday conversation whenever i can these days.) Megan Chance writes historical fiction like no one else except perhaps Carlos Ruiz Zafon, another favorite author of mine. Both of them ensare you in whatever tale they are telling and you can’t help but FEEL you are there, wherever the characters might be, feeling their feelings, relishing the insight into their thoughts.
This time with Sophie Hannigan, I felt like we got a master storyteller character written BY a master storyteller! Through her, we see Venice as an enigmatic city with it’s own ghosts and secrets. Some of which Sophie and her brother have brought with them from New York. Especially right now, the supernatural is in Venice midsts and it doesn’t even know it, all besides one man who is on a mission. The supernatural element is weaved so beautifully in with the historical elements that they don’t clash at all, it seems like it fits perfectly.
If you’re a historical fiction lover, a lover of mystery and just a good ol’ fashioned novel that grabs you and doesn’t let go, with beautiful prose and imagery, don’t let Inamorata escape you. It’s just one of those books that you CAN’T fit into any one particular category, it can fit into so many, so don’t be afraid to try it! This is one book you won’t forget and you’ll be aching for more!
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