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The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan's Song is a sweeping love story about family and music--and the secrets each hold--that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans.
"A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous." --Fiona Davis, author of The Address
A song brought them together.
A secret will tear them apart.
Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta's voice, she is selected for the Incurables' world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.
After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the "city of masks," Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation.
Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan's Song takes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.
Set in 18th-century Venice, this delightful historical from Kate (Fallen) follows Violetta and Mino, two orphans being raised at the Hospital of the Incurables, which is equal parts orphanage, hospital, and music school. Sixteen-year-old Violetta, who dreams of singing in the Incurables's chorus, and Mino first meet on the Incurables' rooftop. Violetta has escaped from making Confession, and Mino comes to the roof to play his violin in secret to escape the orphanage's prohibition against males learning music. As they continue to meet on the rooftop, they become drawn to each other over their love of music. Despite their mutual affection, Violetta's ambition and Mino's desire to find his birth mother force them apart. After Violetta joins the chorus, Mino, who was dropped off at the orphanage when he was three, discovers that Violetta, then five years old, witnessed his mother bringing him to the orphanage and heard a peculiar song Mino's mother had been singing. After escaping the hospital to find her, Mino struggles to survive and becomes a luthier; meanwhile, Violetta, now bound by oath to sing only at the Incurables, sneaks out to clandestinely perform in the streets of Venice at night. Soon, Violetta and Mino's mutual love for music draws them to each other and to the secret of Mino's origins. Kate's enchanting story brings the canals and backchannels of Venice to vivid life and will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Chadwick.