Though Hannah's story dominates, Isaac's story is also told in detail, and throughout the novel there are alternate chapters about them both, often with tension created in Hannah's story just as we move back to Valletta to find out about Isaac's situation, thereby encouraging us to read on fast. I found the storyline engaging, and I was rooting for both Hannah and Isaac as they dealt with their own individual dilemmas and trials, whilst at the same time both sharing the ultimate aim of being back together again. The couple have no child of their own, a bittersweet situation for a midwife. As for Venice, this is not the romantic idealised image of the city, rather this is a dirty, dark city of secrets and shadows. The atmosphere, the sights and sounds, and the sense of place are all richly evoked in this compelling historical novel. Definitely one to sit back and enjoy, and immerse yourself in the period setting, to get lost in the streets of Venice and Valletta, and lose yourself in the adventure of the story. I read it in only a couple of sittings and I think this added to my enjoyment.
Thank you very much to the publisher for sending me a copy of this novel to read and give an honest review.
Published on 16th February 2012 by Ebury ~ available now.