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THE BOOK: Conjuring Casanova.
PUBLISHED IN: June 7, 2016.
THE AUTHOR: Melissa Rea.
THE PUBLISHER: She Writes Press.
SUMMARY: Lizzy has been wounded by the men in her life far too often, which is why she spends her free time immersed in the memoir of the legendary lover, Giacomo Casanova. After a child in her care tragically dies, Lizzy escapes to Venice for a needed break to work through her life crisis. One morning, Casanova appears beside her on the hotel rooftop. The time gap and culture clash sets in motion an attraction that spans centuries. Witty and charming, Casanova is Casanova—in a frenzy of love for women. Who better to teach modern, guarded Lizzy about love and life than an eighteenth-century Libertine?
THE BACK STORY: I read Casanova’s memoir and autobiography, Histoire de Ma Vie, doing research for another book. It was an interesting and difficult read of twelve volumes and 3,700 pages, translated from French. The more I read, the more I felt I was visiting with a good friend. I couldn’t help but wonder how a modern woman would react to the great seducer in the flesh.
WHY THIS TITLE? The title has a double meaning. The protagonist, Dr. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hillman, conjures him from the past to the present. In the story, I attempt to conjure him vividly for readers by using his own words and ideas as much as possible. One afternoon, I sat thinking in my sunroom about men and such and I wondered what it would be like to actually meet Casanova, here in 2016…et voilà.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Conjuring Casanova is a story about life and romance and a big question—how do people live and love. The time-slip with Casanova in the 21st century gives the book perspective. Life is different, but love is love. Casanova’s honest and continual delight in the fair sex is magnetic. He loved women like modern men love business deals and NASCAR, with great passion. The lets readers see a man devoting his life to this love of women in the 21st century, when women are often objectified and discounted. I think Casanova’s devotion to all that is female touches the heart.
Melissa Rea has brought Casanova to life in our time. He was hard to resist in his lifetime, and Conjuring Casanova makes it clear he’s just as seductive now.
—ANDREI CODRESCU, author of Casanova in Bohemia
Though falling in love with an infamous playboy may be ill-advised, Rea makes it seem like a wonderful idea. A light, enjoyable romp through time.
This delightfully warm exploration of Casanova’s methods and perspective traverses centuries and very different worlds. Conjuring Casanova offers just the right touch of love, lust, and psychological and historical inspection. Especially recommended as a beach read with something more going for it than the usual romance.
—MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“A cute romance with a likable character and passionate pursuits.”
—SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
AUTHOR PROFILE: Melissa Rea has an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in French, and is an amateur Casanovist. A dedicated researcher, she has read the twelve volumes of his memoir and autobiography, Histoire de Ma Vie, many times in both English and in its original Archaic French. She traveled to Paris to see the handwritten manuscript when it was displayed for the first time in over two hundred years, and has stayed in the hotel in Venice that was Casanova’s home for nine years. Originally from Louisiana, Rea has studied dentistry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She practices in St. Louis where she lives with her husband, and is at work on her third novel. When not drilling, reading or writing, she is in search of the next Madmen/50s era dress and a matching bon mot.
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WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Conjuring-Casanova-Melissa-Rea/dp/1631520563
PRICE: $16.95 paperback, $9.95 Kindle and eBook.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Author Website http://melissareaauthor.com/contact/
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