Giveaway: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

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Today I have a book that is getting rave reviews to share with you,
and one lucky BTHM reader, will win their own copy!

Welcome to our stop on The Gondola Maker book tour!

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From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. 

When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

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Where to buy the book:

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About the Author:

Laura Morelli earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellow. She has taught college art history in the U.S. and at Trinity College in Rome. She is the creator of the authentic guidebook series that includes Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, published by Rizzoli. Laura is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler and other national magazines and newspapers. A native of coastal Georgia, she is married and is busy raising four children. The Gondola Maker is her first work of fiction.


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  1. Yes, I have...when I was 11 years old.

  2. My family lived in a small town outside the U.S. Naval base in Sicily about 30 years ago. Venice is my husband's favorite city in the world.

  3. I went when I was older on my first ever International trip to Italy 10 years ago and have never been again, nor elsewhere. Lovely. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. No I never have been outside the U.S. except to Canada.

  5. Thank you for featuring The Gondola Maker!

  6. My husband and I have been to Venice.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala 1 AT yahoo DOT com

  7. No I have never been to Italy. I would love to go some day. Thanks for sharing the Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli with us.


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