All the Lost Places

Bethany House. Dec. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780764239502. pap. $16.99. CF
In an ambitious love story spanning centuries and continents, Dykes (Yours Is the Night) brings Venice, Italy to life. Daniel Goodman was released from prison in 1904 but is still struggling with how to live in freedom and how to rejoin his San Francisco family. He receives an unexpected job offer to travel to Venice in search of the original Book of Waters, an Italian fairy tale with a blank ending. As soon as he steps off the train, he meets Vittoria Bellini, a young bookstore owner with a love for literature and a fierce passion for Venice. The two uncover many secrets in the city, making friends along the way. As Daniel translates the existing Book of Waters, readers are transported back into the tumultuous history of Venetian guilds.
VERDICT Using a lyrical style heavy with metaphor, Dykes connects a myriad of details to form an epic tale of beauty and redemption with echoes of all the great love stories. With a bit of a National Treasure vibe and a unique setting, this will appeal to historical fiction fans who appreciate art, archaeology, and history.
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