The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling 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.
Venice, 1736. Violetta has a secret: When she climbs out of her window at The Hospital of the Incurables, the revered music school and orphanage that has always been her home, she can look out over the city and dream. But when she stumbles upon Mino, a violinist from the boy’s hall who also seeks solace in the skyline, she feels a surprising connection. The two begin a passionate duet that will transform their lives.
Yet as Mino becomes determined to find his lost mother, and Violetta’s desire to sing in the ospedale’s famous coro make clear she can never leave its walls, they find their love torn in two. Known as the “city of masks,” Venice is the perfect place to hide one’s heart, but as Violetta becomes a legendary soprano with a secret nighttime life, and Mino seeks the truth among the city’s canals, their fates prove inextricably linked. A haunting memory Violetta has kept hidden since childhood soon leads them both 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.
Story Locale: Venice, Italy and England in the 1700s