At the heart of this book is a very simple story--two people doing everything they can to reunite. For that I simply loved this book. But the setting and the characters involved in this story face incredible environmental and social challenges. The reader gets a full glimpse of what it was like being an ostracized Jew in Venice in the 16th century as the Plague starts to take over the population. We get a fairly accurate history lesson by paying close attention to the setting and the social constraints alone.
The rest of my review can be found here.