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The orphan's song
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Venice, 1736. Violetta has a secret: When she climbs out of her window at the music school and orphanage that has always been her home, she can look out over the city and dream. But when she stumbles upon Mino, a violinist, they forge a strong connection. Yet, as Mino becomes determined to find his lost mother, and Violetta's desire to sing in the school's famous coro make clear she can never leave its walls, they find their love torn in two. A breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal, and a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.
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In Venice in the early eighteenth century, young Violetta, a gifted singer, dreams of escaping her regimented life in the Incurables, a hospital for syphilitics and an orphanage in which abandoned children are trained as musicians pledged to serve the church. Fellow foundling and violinist Mino is haunted by splintered memories of his mother and enthralled by Violetta. The first adult novel by best-selling YA romance and fantasy author Kate, known best for her Fallen series, is an operatic and opulently detailed tale of longing, secrets, and high-stakes quests for freedom, love, art, and home. Kate's avid inquiry into the extravagant customs of the time engenders sensual scenes, a surging plot involving Violetta's dangerous double life and Mino's harrowing adventures, and intricately emotional drama. With throngs of masked revelers in contrast to the austerity of the orphanage, and the transcendence of Violetta and Mino's ardor countering the decadence of Venetian society, Kate vividly conjures a city of beauty and pain, piety and criminality, helplessness and ruthlessness, while choreographing a suspenseful, soaring love story of anguish, ecstasy, risk, and stunning reversals.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2019 Booklist
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