Playing with Fire a Novel by Tess Gerristen was a beautiful, fast paced and extremely satisifying read.
This is historical fiction at its best, it's a fiction story set in the past but with some historical facts and figures to keep the reader educated and interested.
I would never have picked up this novel if I hadn't recently read a compelling review by a Goodread's friend who left me in no doubt that I needed to read this novel. So happy I took her advice as this was pure indulgence. From the opening paragraph I was hooked. There is just something warm and cozy about this novel that made it such a pleasing read.
This is a story set in two time frames, modern day and Venice just before the Second World War. I loved the easy transition between past and present in the story. The characters are interesting and well developed and the plot was just music to my ears.
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I read a lot of non-fiction on this time period and it was just nice to read a well written and entertaing historical fiction story.
I have never read a Tess Gerritsen novel before but will certainly add more of her novels to my list.