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Welcome to my stop on the incredible Book Tour for
All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes
All the Lost Places: A Novel
Author: Amanda Dykes
• Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction
• Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 13, 2022)
• Length: (400) pages
• Format: Hardcover, Trade paperback, & eBook
• ISBN: 978-0764239502
• Tour Dates: December 5 – December 19, 2022
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When all of Venice is unmasked, one man’s identity remains a mystery . . .
When a baby is discovered floating in a basket along the quiet canals of Venice, a guild of artisans takes him in and raises him as a son, skilled in each of their trades. Although the boy, Sebastien Trovato, has wrestled with questions of his origins, it isn’t until a woman washes ashore on his lagoon island that answers begin to emerge. In hunting down his story, Sebastien must make a choice that could alter not just his own future, but also that of the beloved floating city.
Daniel Goodman is given a fresh start in life as the century turns. Hoping to redeem a past laden with regrets, he is sent on an assignment from California to Venice to procure and translate a rare book. There, he discovers a city of colliding hope and decay, much like his own life, and a mystery wrapped in the pages of that filigree-covered volume. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, Daniel finds himself in a web of shadows, secrets, and discoveries carefully kept within the stones and canals of the ancient city . . . and in the mystery of the man whose story the book does not finish: Sebastien Trovato.
From the desk of Gwendalyn
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes Is Truly Amazing Historical Fiction
Amanda Dykes powerful elegant prose will have you completely captivated. Told in dual periods, we follow 1904 San Francisco, Daniel Goodman, who longs for redemption. Sebastien Trovato, abandoned as a baby and taken in by artisans in early 1800s Venice, seeks to know the mystery of his origins.
The story of these men unfolds beautifully through the author rich imagery and vivid characterization. Even though they are centuries apart they are centered around the magical city of Venice, and tethered to a book called the Book of Waters.
Spellbinding and poetic, Amanda Dykes use of metaphors, and her ability to bring the lushness of the enchanting Venice to life, will leave you breathless. Longing and Beautiful, the characters and their struggles will draw you in, and the little romance and a mystery add so much to the book. A novel that will stay with you a very long time after you finish reading it. Longing and Beautiful, the characters and their struggles will draw you in. All the Lost Places is moving thought provoking tale that I truly can’t even write a review to even give this books justice. This is one stunning piece of historical fiction, I have to say it’s the best HF out of all the books I have read in 2022. If there is one book that I would recommend for historical fiction readers, it would be this book
A must read, seriously buy this book!
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR AMANDA DYKES
• “This lyrical dual-narrative historical from Dykes (Set the Stars Alight) dives into the histories of Venice, Italy, and Venice Beach, California.”— Publisher’s Weekly
• “Introspective, surprising, and achingly beautiful.”— Booklist starred review
• “Dykes’s pen is fused with magic and poetry. Every word’s a gentle wave building into the splendor that is All the Lost Places, where struggles for identity and a place to belong find hope between the pages of a timeless story.”— J’Nell Ciesielski, bestselling author of The Socialite
• “Luscious writing, authentic characters, and an ending that satisfies to the core of the spirit, this novel is another winner from Amanda Dykes.”— Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol Award-winning author of Freedom’s Ring and Hope Beyond the Waves
Amanda Dykes’s debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, and the winner of an INSPY Award. She’s also the author of Yours Is the Night and Set the Stars Alight, a 2021 Christy Award finalist.
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Gwendalyn. Wishing you a lovely holiday season.
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