Enduring friendships and long-held vendettas come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth-century Venice.
In 1775 Venice–known to outsiders as “the brothel of Europe”–the tradition of mask-wearing has allowed adultery and debauchery to flourish. But Marietta and Elena, two dear friends at the Ospedale della Pietà, a world-famous orphanage and music school forEnduring friendships and long-held vendettas come alive against the splendor and decadence of eighteenth-century Venice.
In 1775 Venice–known to outsiders as “the brothel of Europe”–the tradition of mask-wearing has allowed adultery and debauchery to flourish. But Marietta and Elena, two dear friends at the Ospedale della Pietà, a world-famous orphanage and music school for girls, know little of that milieu–until they come of age.
Elena is forced to wed the head of the Celano clan, a jealous, brutal man, while Marietta marries Domenico Torrisi, whose family vendetta with the Celanos is centuries old. Tradition dictates that the friends should never speak again, but their bond is too strong to break.
As the French Revolution unsettles all of Europe, Elena’s husband frames Domenico and he becomes a political prisoner. Marietta and Elena plot to save him, and the women discover that Venetian masks have noble purposes, too–but will their efforts put their own lives at risk?
Embodying the glitter and the treachery of the city it portrays, The Venetian Mask will keep you turning pages long into the night....more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 1992)
Barbara Ovstedal (3 October 1921 – 23 November 2012) was an author who wrote under the pseudonymsBarbara Paul and Barbara Douglas. She later changed to Rosalind Laker when Barbara Paul gained recognition.
Her many books include The Sugar Pavilion and To Dance with Kings.
- Sovereign’s Key (1970)
- Far Seeks the Heart (1970)
- Sail a Jewelled Ship (1971)
- The Shripney Lady (1972)
- Fair Wind of Love (1974) (published under the pseudonym Barbara Douglas by Doubleday U.S.A, 1980)
- The Smuggler's Bride (1975)
- Ride the Blue Ribband (1976)
- Warwyck's Wife (1979 in the UK), also as Warwyck's Woman (1978 in the US)
- Claudine's Daughter (1979)
- Warwyck's Choice (1980 in the US), also as The Warwycks of Easthampton (1980 in the UK)
- Banners of Silk (1981)
- Gilded Splendour (1982)
- Jewelled Path (1983)
- What the Heart Keeps (1984)
- This Shining Land (1984)
- Tree of Gold (1986)
- The Silver Touch (1987)
- To Dance with Kings (1989)
- Circle of Pearls (1990)
- The Golden Tulip
- The Venetian Mask (1992)
- The Sugar Pavilion (1993)
- The Fortuny Gown (1994)
- The Fragile Hour (1996)
- New World, New Love (2003)
- To Dream of Snow
- Brilliance (2007)
- Garlands of Gold (2008)
- "The House by the Fjord" (2011)