A House Near Luccoli by D.M. Denton | Review | Historical Novels Review

Historical Novel Society Review of my novel, A House Near Luccoli

Published by All Thing That Matter Press

A House Near Luccoli by D.M. Denton | Review | Historical Novels Review.

House+cover+front[7]The remarkable Baroque composer Alessandro Stradella stands at the center of Denton’s bright, sparkling novel A House Near Luccoli. Unmarried, mid-thirties Genoan woman Donatella encounters the volatile, slightly disreputable genius and at first is appalled by his manners and eccentric ways, but she and others are also gradually taken by his undeniable charm.

Denton is an unapologetically enthusiastic writer (exclamation points abound), imbuing even her minor secondary characters with three-dimensional life. Her research into all aspects of the period is thorough but not wooden; this is foremost a book of characters and character-study, ultimately in many ways a book about how friendships form. Stradella’s life came to a very abrupt end, and this book does too, a bit – but it’s all immensely enjoyable just the same. Highly recommended.

Stephen Donoghue

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14 thoughts on “A House Near Luccoli by D.M. Denton | Review | Historical Novels Review

  1. What a wonderful review, Diane, and I’m going to get your book. I’ve said this to myself for a long time, but there are a few other poetry books of some blogging friends I want to buy also…So, I will let you know and I’m so happy for you. You should be so proud and this review just makes me want to read it even more. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I don’t think it’s in me. So, I admire those who can…congrats and sending many hugs, my friend! xoxo


    • Thank you so much, Lauren. I have been writing in novel form for most of my adult and even younger life, but this was the first one I really felt should be published and although it took about five years after it was finished, I am so grateful to have to chance to share. It has been a interesting, nerve-racking experience so far, but an overall satisfying one. I don’t really approach my prose writing that differently than poetry and whether that is good or bad, well, who knows. Of course I would love for you to read it, and if you do I hope it brings much enjoyment to you. Sending you much love and a big hug, Diane ♥


  2. “Gradually taken by his undeniable charm” – that’s me!

    And if your book ends abruptly (which I actually didnt feel) then it may have had to, as Allesandro died so abruptly so what more could be said. Another reason, maybe, for it seeming to end quickly is that we just wanted to carry on reading; well I did anyway, and that’s why I cant wait for the sequel.

    I have written a review on the review!

    Lots of love and hugs ❤

    Christine xxx


    • Missed replying to some comments on this one and I am so sorry! Another friend said she wanted to complain about the reviewer stating that the book ended abruptly. I really didn’t mind too much and mainly because I think if a reader thinks a book ends too soon that really can’t be a bad thing!

      I love your review on the review!

      Blessings, love and hugs, Diane ♥


  3. Sounds like things are going very well with the book, Diane! I couldn’t be happier for you! love, Caddo (PS–you have me thinking about returning to work on my novel again…)


    • My apologies! I am so far behind on replying to comments. Thanks so much, Caddo – and yes, get to work on that novel again. Sometimes I wonder why I do it, but when you finally ‘put on the finishing touches’ and see it finished, it is worth it. Best of luck. Blessings, Diane XO


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