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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Venice, a city known for romance and intrigue, proves why this is true in A Season for Masquerade by Robbi Perna. Chiara Davis and her stepbrother Chas travel to Venice after her grandmother, Francesca, is found dead in a hotel room. Francesca’s reason for traveling without telling her granddaughter is puzzling, but meeting relatives she never knew existed also surprises Chiara. Francesca’s cryptic note to Cavaliere Paladino states “Chiara holds the key,” but Chiara wonders which key. Father Girado knows the woman Chas loves isn’t aware of his affections and intervenes. Unsettled, Diane Carrero wants a sign from God to help her adjust to modern life after living in Middle Eastern war zones, and gets it from a golden eagle. While renovating his home, Alessandro discovers a centuries-old sealed room and hires sociologist Siena Jordon to unearth its history. He’s attracted to her, but Siena wishes to keep her troubled past hidden.
A Season for Masquerade is surrounded with history and mystery. It focuses on three primary couples who are connected through mutual friends. Intrigue isn’t short in this novel, and neither is masquerading since these charming characters hide behind masks to protect themselves from their problems or their romanticism. Father Girado is clever and amusing, but all the characters shone. Readers will be left with an imaginative air of suspense regarding the couples’ futures, but you won’t be disappointed. Robbi Perna made me yearn to visit Venice. Her vivid descriptions of its rich culture, famous landmarks, and documented history made it even more interesting for me. I liked the vibrant book cover depicting a masquerade and recommend this novel.