The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen #TheVeniceSketchbook #historicalfiction #WW11 #art #mystery #bookclub #theOCBookGirl

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Today I’m joining the book tour for a wonderful new standalone from prolific author Rhys Bowen.  Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the chance to read and review this wonderful historical fiction story.

Title: The Venice Sketchbook 

Author: Rhys Bowen

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance

Published: 4/13/21

Source: TLC Book Tours

My Thoughts:

Rhys Bowen is an author whose unusual name has caught my eye over the years. She writes two mystery series set in the early 1900s, and her latest release is standalone historical fiction set during WWII in Italy.

The Venice Sketchbook is a dual timeline story that takes place between 1928 and 1945 with Juliet (Lettie) traveling to Venice to study art and also in 2001 with Juliet’s great niece Caroline.

When Lettie passes away she leaves some cryptic clues for Caroline who is dealing with her marriage ending and is adrift. Caroline goes to Venice to find herself and to discover the meaning behind the items her Aunt leaves her, some keys and a sketchbook.

I enjoyed this story so much, especially the detailed descriptions of Venice with all its art and romance. I found both timelines to be engaging and I was invested in the outcome.

If you enjoy historical mysteries, a beautiful setting, romance and art you will want to add this one to your must read list!


Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper…Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than sixty years.

It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.

Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including Above the Bay of AngelsThe Victory GardenThe Tuscan Child, and the World War II–based In Farleigh Field, the winner of the Macavity and Left Coast Crime Awards for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery. Bowen’s work has won twenty honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world. A transplanted Brit, Bowen divides her time between California and Arizona.

Connect with Rhys

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