Christi Phillips’ debut novel, THE ROSSETTI LETTER, moves seamlessly between 17th century Venice and the present day with the connected stories of two women –the mysterious courtesan Alessandra Rossetti and Ph.D. candidate Claire Donovan, who has devoted her thesis to shedding new light on Rossetti’s involvement in exposing the Spanish conspiracy to overthrow the Venetian Republic. Claire believes that Alessandra is a heroine who risked her life for her country and is determined to elevate the courtesan to a more prominent place in history. But when Claire finds out that a Cambridge professor is scheduled to present his findings that Rossetti was simply a pawn of the Spanish at a conference in Venice, she fears that her work will be rendered useless. As Claire races to prove her theory, Alessandra Rossetti’s story unfurls, bringing past and present together in one dazzling conclusion.
A literary mystery, a fast-paced page-turner, an elegant romance, and a celebration of historical research and discovery, THE ROSETTI LETTER is a satisfying feast for booklovers of all ages.