Kirkus Reviews described Daughter of Venice as "Compelling historical fiction", noted "Fascinating tidbits of information about Venice’s society, politics, history, and economy find their way painlessly into the narrative." and concluded "While readers will be rightly skeptical at Donata’s speedy mastery of not only written Venetian but Latin as well, they will nevertheless find themselves absorbed in her story and the snapshot of her city that it provides." while Publishers Weekly wrote "Eschewing a traditional romance, Napoli forges a plot with contemporary elements." and "Enjoying the tour of historical Venice and the taste of its complex society and government, readers may not mind Donata's seeming immunity to the mores and prejudices of her day..."
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