The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
This one’s a fine cover, don’t you think? The sepia tinted snapshot of the place with that red seal in the middle brings out a mysterious look. And the reflection and the birds – add to the charm of the cover. I love it; how about you?
I also found two other versions of the book cover online –
…but only the first cover stands out for me – it has a mystical quality that I don’t see in the other two.
Story summary on Shelfari is as follows –
Claire Donovan always dreamed of visiting Venice, though not as a chaperone for a surly teenager. But she can’t pass up this chance to complete her Ph.D. thesis on Alessandra Rossetti, a mysterious courtesan who wrote a secret letter to the Venetian Council warning of a Spanish plot to overthrow the Venetian Republic in 1618. Claire views Alessandra as a heroine and harbors a secret hope that her findings will elevate Alessandra to a more prominent place in history. But an arrogant Cambridge professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator — a move that could destroy Claire’s paper and career. As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan’s true motives, Alessandra’s story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice. Claire also falls under the city’s spell. She is courted by a handsome Italian, matches wits with her academic adversary, bonds with her troubled young charge, and, amid the boundless beauty of Venice, recaptures the joy of living every moment….
Story sounds interesting…goes on my to read list, which seems to be on an ever expanding spree.
What about you? Which cover caught your attention? Do you like the plot? Do share.