Venice has been the go-to city in storytelling for centuries. Shakespeare, Thomas Mann and Hemingway all chose it as a setting for one or more of their works of fiction and Goodreads lists over 220 additional novels set in Venice. Hague Author Kristin Anderson recently joined the Venice list with her latest novel The Things We Said in Venice. Our writer Renee Veldman-Tentori, had the following to say of this new travel romance.
I enjoyed Anderson’s first novel, Green, so bought The Things We Said in Venice on Kindle as soon as it was released. The story grabbed me right from the start. It begins with the main character Sarah running to catch a train in Belluno, Italy and the author manages to keep this sense of forward momentum going throughout the novel with such skill that you can’t help but keep reading to see what happens next. Thus it is no surprise that it only took me a few days to read.
The two main characters, Sarah Turner, an American from Bend, Oregon, and Fokke van der Veld, a travel writer from The Netherlands are both enjoyable and feel very realistic in the way they are presented. The romance that develops between the two of them is fitting for Venice, The City of Love. As an expat who fell for a Dutch Man, I have also been through some of the emotions and situations, so could identify with the characters.
The Things We Said in Venice is not only a romance, but an ode to Europe and modern day society. As an Australian living in The Hague, the Netherlands, and as someone who has travelled extensively, I really enjoyed the aspects of the book that have the main characters exploring different locations, which are described with such detail that you almost feel as if you are there. In addition to Venice, the story takes you to Sappada, Vicenza, Riems, Barcelona, and the city where I live: The Hague.
It was also a pleasant surprise to discover so many Dutch characters in this novel. In addition to Fokke, a strong cast of supporting characters add humor, confusion and caution to the tale.
The use of social media in the novel really made the story contemporary. As the owner of a social media business, I appreciated the use of travel vlogs, Twitter and other social media, as well as contemporary cultural references that clearly set the novel in the here and now.
Overall, I found The Things We Said in Venice an enjoyable and easy read, but with enough depth and unexpected turns to keep me interested. Well-paced and well written.
Kristin Anderson will be signing copies of The Things We Said in Venice at her book signing and reading this coming Saturday, May 20th, from 3:00-5:00pm at the American Book Center in The Hague, Lange Poten 23. She will also be raffling off a copy of her first novel Green during the signing.
You can also order a Kindle version of the novel online at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XKDNFTM and print copies from ABC or via the Amazon Germany https://www.amazon.de/dp/B06XKDNFTM store for the cheapest shipping costs to The Netherlands.