HaBO: Heroine Falls into Venetian Canal

You did it! We figured this one out! It is a truth universally acknowledged (by me for certain) that the Bitchery pretty much knows everything, and really, it’s true. Scroll down to see the solution for this HaBO – and many thanks!

This HaBO is from Maggie, who wants to find a book from a few decades ago:

I have been looking for this book for years and no amount of googling has managed to unearth it so I thought I would turn to the experts as a last shot. I am fairly certain it was by an English author and from the 80’s.

The heroine is an English girl who is half Italian (I think her name was Gemma). She had an older sister (definitely called Giulia) who is dead. Her parents are also dead. Giulia was beautiful with dark Italian looks and she was the one who was frequently sent to visit their grandmother in Venice. Gemma was the one who had to get a job and take the bus.

So Giulia dies (we don’t see this) and suddenly a handsome Italian man is on Gemma’s doorstep saying she must come to Venice to take care of her grandmother who is sick. Or maybe just old. He is faintly disapproving of Gemma because he thinks she purposefully avoided visiting her grandmother.

Anyway, they go to Venice where her grandmother lives in a palazzo. Gemma loves Italy and her grandmother and falls for the handsome Italian. At some point she falls in a canal which is very gross and the hero takes her home.

Just a PSA: do not go to Europe with strange men.

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