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Review: The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

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The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Timesbestselling 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 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.


“Love, as Mino felt it, meant taking your beloved in your arms, tipping her lips, and saying I love you with all of yourself.”

I’m not gonna lie. I am a huge fan of Lauren Kate’s young adult books and totally loved her Fallen Series. So, when I heard that Lauren Kate was not only dipping her toes in Adult Fiction, but Historical Romance, I just knew I had to get my hands on this book.

The Orphan’s Song is set in 1736 Venice. On the rooftop of the Hospital for Incurables, fate has brought together Violetta & Mino. Both being orphans with big dreams and holes in their hearts. They form an unbreakable bond. Milo & Violetta want nothing more than a bright future that they have been denied. Mino longs to escape and build the life he’s always dreamed of, but Violetta wants nothing more than to sing. Despite the love that they built and the bond that they share, life has taken them on two different paths. Both are desperate to make their dreams come true, but their dreams couldn’t be more different than their reality….

The Orphan’s Song was a truly enchanting story. It’s filled with rich history, romance, and intrigue. Milo & Violetta’s story pulls you in instantly and consumes you. Milo & Violetta’s journey is complicated and filled with lots of ups and downs. A song might have brought them together, but life tore them apart. They were set on two different paths, forever changing their lives. That is until fate decides once again to reunite these two young lovers.

As someone who struggles with historical romance/fiction, I really loved being able to lose myself in this story and these characters. Lauren Kate has created a truly unique and intriguing story that will keep you glued to the pages. You will get swept up in the music, and the scenery. I enjoyed everything about this story, from beginning to end and am so glad I decided to take a chance on this book.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons & Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review*

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