One of those pea-weight romances of high moonbeam content, here set in Venice (a full-throated travel-brochure version) and featuring nurse Karen Parker--who has come from Phoenix to Venice for the wedding of her friend Gia, a native aristocratic Venetian and ""an exquisite beauty."" But, while Karen scans the beauties of Venice, Gia's handsome fiancÃ‰ Carlo (""His was a lean, dark kind of splendor"") scans Karen; his eyes ""stripped away her protective shell leaving her quivering helplessly before him."" And, though Karen may quiver with love, she's loyal to Gia and twice heads Carlo off at the pass. Nonetheless, the wedding is postponed--because Gia stumbles accidentally into a canal and (after Karen, under water, cuts her free) is in a coma for some time. Furthermore, Gia's grandmother dies, and there's a flood during which Karen midwives for a servant's childbirth. Are Carlo and Karen fated to remain apart? So it seems--as Karen heads back to Phoenix. But then comes a phone call, and Karen returns to Venice for the wedding--but it's a double wedding! Gia loves another, so Karen and Carlo will share life's gondola. Scuttle this one.