The Sonnet Lover by Carol Goodman

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The Sonnet Lover by Carol Goodman
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Tue, 01-08-2008 - 1:23pm

This is my fifth book by this author and she just keeps getting better! Goodman always has strong female lead characters. Her storytelling is wonderful and keeps you turning the pages and wanting to read just one more chapter. This is the first book that didn't have a theme of water in it. The setting in Italy is beautiful. I also like how you can never guess ahead of time how the mystery will unravel.



PS: Katie also loves this author and I look forward to her review too :-)




Book Description


For how thy memory has lingered on-

In spite of cruelest winter’s drear and howl–

By inner mirror seen; I’ve dwelled upon,

I must confess, my treachery most foul.



Did Shakespeare pen a series of passionate sonnets, unknown to modern scholarship, ardently praising a mysterious dark-haired beauty? This tantalizing question is raised in a letter to literature professor Rose Asher. But the letter’s author, Rose’s star pupil, is not telling. A troubled, enigmatic young man, he plunged to his death in front of the college’s entire faculty, an apparent suicide. Determined to find the truth, Rose journeys from New York to Italy, back to the magnificent Tuscan villa where as an undergraduate she first fell in love.



La Civetta is a dreamlike place, resplendent with the heady scent of lemon trees and the sunset’s ocher wash across its bricks and cobbles. Once there Rose finds her first love still in residence. Torn between her mission and her rekindled feelings, Rose becomes enmeshed in a treacherous tangle of secrets and scandal. A folio containing what some believe to be one of Shakespeare’s lost sonnets has vanished, and literary immortality awaits whoever finds the manuscript–as do a vast Italian estate and a Hollywood movie deal. Uncertain whom she can trust and where she can turn, Rose races against time and unseen enemies in a bid to find the missing masterpiece.



Lush, lyrical, and enthralling, The Sonnet Lover vividly brings to life the Tuscan countryside and the fascinating world of the Renaissance poets. Unmatched in her ability to evoke atmosphere and intrigue, Carol Goodman delivers her most ambitious and satisfying work to date, a seductive novel that skillfully propels its reader headlong to the final suspenseful page.




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Registered: 08-20-2007
Tue, 01-08-2008 - 2:10pm

This book sounds good.

Lori

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Registered: 09-03-2005
Tue, 01-08-2008 - 6:13pm

It's not a series so you don't have to read them in order. I highly recommend either this book or The Lake of Dead Languages. If you like those then definitely check out her other books. Here is a list of Goodman's books:

The Lake of Dead Languages

The Seduction of Water

The Drowning Tree

The Ghost Orchid


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Tue, 01-08-2008 - 8:07pm
You forgot me!!! LOL!!!! I have read The Ghost Orchid and The Lake of Dead Languages.

 

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Registered: 08-20-2007
Wed, 01-09-2008 - 8:12pm

Thanks!

Lori

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Registered: 06-24-2003
Fri, 01-11-2008 - 8:20am

I just finished it this morning! I enjoyed it as well! Goodman never disappoints me! I must say though that part of the "mystery" was not a surprise to me, I did see it coming but it did not take away form the story for me at all.

I love how Goodman intertwines history and writers/poets etc in her stories.

I will say that I rank this book as 3rd of my favorites by her, with The Lake of Dead Languages being first and The Ghost Orchid second.

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Fri, 02-15-2008 - 11:34am
Yikes!!! I am struggling a bit with this.

 

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Registered: 09-03-2005
Fri, 02-15-2008 - 5:57pm
Don't worry about the sonnets.


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Registered: 06-22-2006
Sun, 02-17-2008 - 11:57am
I finished this book yesterday.