Book Two - The Venetian Masquerades Series
Diane Carrero, a cultural anthropologist, has served two years in the war zones of the Middle East as a member of the Army’s Human Terrain System. Images of death and destruction haunt her and she flees to Venice instead of returning to her teaching position at the University. Her college classmate, Paolo D’Amato and his partner, Ron Lindquist offer a peaceful respite. She tells them she needs a sign from God. Her future is uncertain, and the University president is pressuring her to return. Then Diane encounters a professional colleague and her cousins, the Paladino family. When she accepts their invitation to dinner, she meets the handsome, reserved Luca Savarese. They share an instantaneous attraction, but he runs hot and cold, leaving her confused and unsettled. A golden eagle appears on her hotel balcony, making Diane believe she has received her sign, but why is her path forward still so unclear? On a side trip to Rome, she visits the ruins of an ancient Roman temple and the experience changes her life. Diane returns home to Virginia. Six months later, Luca pays her a surprise visit, but who is Luca, and what role does he play in her life?