Good morning!! I’m practically bouncing in my chair with excitement – do I have news for you! As you all know, I’m a co-host of the #HistoricalFix twitter chats along with Erin and Ellice. (A quick recap: the first chat’s recommendations, recommendations from the second chat, recommendations from the third chat, and an awesome guest post from one of our featured authors.)
Since April, ideas for a book club have been tossed around. After all, it only seems natural for a group of historical fiction readers to all want to read and discuss the same novel! It wasn’t until our December 1 chat, a bonus chat that focused on tv shows and movies, that we started seriously discussing the possibility of a book club. After the chat ended, Erin, Ellice, and I put our heads together and began planning it out. Fast forward to a week later and, finally, I’m able to say the book club is happening!
Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d’Amato adores music-except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family’s palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair.
Adriana’s father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, prominent member of Venice’s patrician class-and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, only complicates matters-but Vivaldi is a priest, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society. They both know their affair will end upon Adriana’s marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. The repercussions of his choice-and of Adriana’s own choices-will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined.
Last week I received a copy of The Violinist of Venice from the publisher (thank you, St. Martin’s!) and Erin mentioned she had a copy too. What initially was going to be a buddy read turned into the club’s first pick and I couldn’t be more excited!!
So now for the rest of the details:
Anyone who wants to be a part is completely welcome and encouraged to join in! You do not have to be a regular #HistoricalFix chatter. We want to keep this light-hearted and fun and longtime followers of our blogs as well as new readers are invited!
Somehow I’ve gone from a girl who has always wanted to be a part of a book club but never was to a girl who’s semi-leading one! We’re super new at this, so please bear with us during the craziness while we get into the swing of things! We’ll have chats scattered every few months and we can’t stress enough that these are separate from our #HistoricalFix chats. We understand that not every chatter wants to participate and not everyone in the book club will want to be a regular chatter. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded or cast aside, though by all means, if you want to attend all of them, please join!!
Because The Violinist of Venice doesn’t come out until December 15 we want anyone interested to be able to have plenty of time to get a copy of the book (whether it’s by buying it or getting one from the library) and read it. ALSO, our next #HistoricalFix chat is January 26, so we didn’t want to cut into the chat’s time (though I’m sure we’ll be taking a moment or two to talk about the book club for anyone who’s missed the announcements.) SO! The chat will be February 24, 8:30 PM EST at #bookclubfix.
We’ll also be watching Poldark during December and January too! (Hello, Aidan Turner ♥)
I don’t know about you but I am SO insanely thrilled that our idea for a book club is now a Thing! Please, please spread the word and join in! We would love to have you there – we’ll also be choosing the next book during the #bookclubfix chat, so bring your best recommendations!