⦁ Title: All the Lost Places: A Novel
⦁ Author: Amanda Dykes
⦁ Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction
⦁ Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 13, 2022)
⦁ Length: (400) pages
⦁ Format: Hardcover, Trade paperback, & eBook
⦁ ISBN: 978-0764239502
⦁ Tour Dates: December 5 – December 19, 2022
When all of Venice is unmasked, one man's identity remains a mystery . . .
When a baby is discovered floating in a basket along the quiet canals of Venice, a guild of artisans takes him in and raises him as a son, skilled in each of their trades. Although the boy, Sebastien Trovato, has wrestled with questions of his origins, it isn't until a woman washes ashore on his lagoon island that answers begin to emerge. In hunting down his story, Sebastien must make a choice that could alter not just his own future, but also that of the beloved floating city.
Daniel Goodman is given a fresh start in life as the century turns. Hoping to redeem a past laden with regrets, he is sent on an assignment from California to Venice to procure and translate a rare book. There, he discovers a city of colliding hope and decay, much like his own life, and a mystery wrapped in the pages of that filigree-covered volume. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, Daniel finds himself in a web of shadows, secrets, and discoveries carefully kept within the stones and canals of the ancient city . . . and in the mystery of the man whose story the book does not finish: Sebastien Trovato.
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A storybook with no ending has been in Daniel's family forever. An heirloom his mother brought from Venice, it is one of Daniel's few possessions. After years of crime, Daniel is trying to atone for all of his past wrongs. One of his last tasks is to help his mother's shop. A unique opportunity arises when Daniel finds a man wanting to recreate Venice in California. The job includes a bevy of Daniel's talents, Italian translation, drawing, and finding the ending to a certain story. Daniel arrives in Venice and immediately digs into the story, The Book of Water, which tells a fairytale-like account of Sebastian Trovato. Daniel begins his adventure in Venice, digging deep into it's history looking for any information on the baby sent down the canal in a basket. During his search, Daniel uncovers much more than Sebastian's story and is able to find more of himself as well.
All The Lost Places is a masterfully written story within a story. I love dual-time stories and this one is perfectly done. I was held equally by both story lines and both Daniel's and Sebastian's characters and journeys. I was immediately taken in by the story of Sebastian floating down the canal in a basket and then of Daniel's quest to right all of his past wrongs. I was immersed in Venice in both time periods, the 1800's and early 1900's. Venice's beauty, architecture, culture, people and mysteries were brought to life. The mystery of Sebastian and the end of his story kept me in suspense the whole way through. I was delighted in how Sebastian and Daniel were connected. With themes of hope, redemption, love and finding yourself, All The Lost Places is an amazing story.
Amanda Dykes's debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, and the winner of an INSPY Award. She's also the author of Yours Is the Night and Set the Stars Alight, a 2021 Christy Award finalist.
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