About the Book
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.
In My Opinion
How does Amanda Dykes continue to write such beautiful and poignant stories? Ones that take readers on a journey of discovery that both leave you completely satisfied with the ending yet wanting more because you’re just not ready to say goodbye to the characters you’ve traveled with along the say.
In All the Lost Places, two broken men living a century and continents apart are searching for their identity. Through the author’s lyrical prose woven so delicately, we embark on this soul-searching endeavor, and in the end, it changes us. I loved how well these two stories fit together like puzzle pieces in the bigger picture.
And when a book surprises me, it’s one I won’t soon forget, and this one did it multiple times. If you have not yet read an Amanda Dykes novel, run to your nearest bookstore and grab this one. You will not regret immersing yourself into this captivating story that will stir your soul.
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