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Christmas in Venice: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Meadow Taylor
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Olivia's Christmas trip to Venice, Italy, should be a holiday dream come true. But when her unattended luggage becomes the focus of a handsome Italian policeman’ s bomb investigation, she worries she won't even make it out of the Marco Polo Airport. Practically handcuffed to the best-looking man she’ s ever seen, can Olivia convince him she isn’ t a terrorist before he writes her off for good? Christmas in Venice is the perfect little treat to start the holidays off with a smile.

(This short story is adapted from Meadow Taylor’ s next full-length novel, tentatively titled Midnight in Venice.)

Review:
The story is a gift to the reader and shows the fun that can be had by reading a small story and expecting BIG THINGS for the rest of the story. — Authorsden



Editorial Reviews

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"Meadow Taylor is s force to be reckoned with! Her latest Christmas gift to us is the wonderful story, Christmas in Venice - and it is in its brevity that gives us everything a reader could want - a lovely girl coming to gorgeous Venice, a gorgeous policeman who has to stop her, and they leave us waiting for more! ... The story is a gift to the reader and shows the writing brilliance of Taylor and the fun that can be had by reading a small story and expecting BIG THINGS for the rest of the story. A writer of several novels, Falling For Rain and The Billionaire's Secret, Taylor deserves to be read and enjoyed and certainly this story, Christmas in Venice, brightens our hearts and want all to have a Buon Natale!" - Authorsden.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADVB4YC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,167 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully anticipating the rest of the story... December 4, 2012
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Meadow Taylor is s force to be reckoned with!

Her latest Christmas gift to us is the wonderful story, Christmas in Venice - and it is in it's brevity has given us everything a reader could want - a lovely girl coming to gorgeous Venice, a gorgeous policeman who has to stop her, and they leave us waiting for more!!!

Olivia Moretti is a Canadian of Italian descent. She has gotten a job in Venice where her fluency in several languages is key. She has just arrived into the Venice airport, deplaned, and she needs to go to, let's say, freshen up, and leaves her luggage with a kindly grandmotherly lady for a few minutes.

By the time Olivia comes back, the lady is gone, and this gorgeous policeman is having a cow over unattended luggage!!!! Moreover, Olivia's suitcase is making strange sounds!

The policeman, Alessandro Rossi, reads Olivia the riot act for leaving her suitcase alone - her alibi, the lady is gone - AND the luggage's strange sounds make Rossi go to extreme measures -

The story is a gift to the reader and shows the writing brilliance of Taylor and the fun that can be had by reading a small story and expecting BIG THINGS for the rest of the story.

A writer of several novels Falling For Rain and The Billionaire's Secret, Taylor deserves to be read and enjoyed and certainly this story, Christmas in Venice, brightens our hearts and want all to have a Buon Natale!!!!!

Ellen George, author and reviewer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Fear For Many Travellers Short Story December 14, 2012
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A woman visits Italy to spread her father's ashes and start a short term piece of employment. However her cousin who was supposed to meet her is nowhere to be found. She decides to find a phone and call him but her plan is stopped short in the arrival hall by a handsome man. Unfortunately for her he is an airport policeman and she's got some explaining to do.

This is a standalone short story, the story does wrap up nicely, it certainly is not a taster as some other reviews have misleadingly written. It also isn't a Romance story as some have said which may also be putting some potential readers off. There's no Fifty Shades of Grey, or even looking lovingly into each other's eyes type action in these pages. You also don't get to see the canals, people, sites or city of Venice through the eyes of the narrator if you were after a travel tale for those purposes. Christmas in Venice is set entirely in the airport and other than that is the time of year the narrator travelled, that's as much it has to do with Christmas. It's a fun imagine if this was me experience type read, that many frustrated by delays and other things that go wrong when travelling, especially by plane can relate to, hoping it doesn't ever happen to them.

Christmas in Venice does use a bit of artistic licence, I can't imagine if they thought there was even a chance the threat was real they would allow people to stand around or even attempt to open a bag in this situation rather than simply destroying it. The policeman also first stops her only metres away from leaving her bag the whole scenario wouldn't have happened like that but this is a piece of fiction after all. It's an enjoyable five to ten minute at most read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, quick read January 18, 2013
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I downloaded this to my cellphone. A perfect little read while waiting in the carpool line. Sweet characters, little plot twists to keep one reading on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the shortest excerpt of a story November 14, 2013
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This is not a story it. At best it is an excerpt. If the publishing house offered this as an enticement to get me to read this author, they failed miserably. I think this review might be closer to a story than this freebie. Skip it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time. July 6, 2013
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I am not quite sure what the point of this story was. Really a waste of time. Find something with guts to read, this one had nothing. It is all well and good writing a novella, but this one is just about a misunderstanding at an airport. Really silly, actually.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mills and Boone style January 3, 2013
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Well written but not my style very "tall dark and handsome" stuff.Highly romantic but unrealistic.Follows a predictable formula. Rather pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical formula fare February 1, 2014
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If someone has nothing else to do, this short piece of nothing-much will fill their time harmlessly.
Basically, I think these write by number things are a waste of paper.......or Kindle time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh! Just a tease... November 19, 2013
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The title made it sound like it would be great. DON'T waste your time! It was over before it got started! Not even a short story!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sad
It was a little funny and sad. However it had a great meaning. It held my interest and had a lovely ending.
Published 9 days ago by JFlowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short, but interesting
The short quick story about a girl who decides to start over after losing her father. Needless to say her new beginning starts off in a humorous way. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in Venice: A Short Story by Meadow Taylor
A very good short Christmas story. A good read especially if you like Christmas stories with a little humor and possibility of romance. Loved it !!
Published 29 days ago by velenda eades
1.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Short but. A good read
Published 1 month ago by RL
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but too short
Oh please take this one further, there's a great story sitting here waiting to be told. I'd love to read more.
Published 1 month ago by Dragon73
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed!
Fun short story that made me wish it was longer.
Published 1 month ago by Gluten-free Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
It was well written and interesting. I would recommend this short story to anyone who likes surprise endings to a story.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good short story
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun light read.
Published 3 months ago by 1kmm2be
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
A trip to Venic, Italy to sprinkle ashes. What a great setting for a romantic story. Great story- too short.
Published 3 months ago by CS Wismer
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More About the Author

Meadow Taylor is the author of the romantic novels Midnight in Venice, The Billionaire's Secrets, and Falling for Rain, as well as the short stories Christmas in Venice and Christmas in Bruges. She loves to hear from her readers - please email her at meadowtaylor1@gmail.com and join her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/meadowtaylorbooks. She also tweets @MeadowTaylor1.

Praise for CHRISTMAS IN VENICE:
"Meadow Taylor is a force to be reckoned with! ... This story, Christmas in Venice, brightens our hearts and wants all to have a Buon Natale!" - Authorsden.com

Praise for THE BILLIONAIRE'S SECRETS:
"The windswept cliffs of Newfoundland make for an epic backdrop, and there are times when The Billionaire's Secrets seems to be channelling the spirits of the Bronte sisters. If you can suspend your disbelief a little, you'll likely find this to be a grand, romantic book." - indiebookspot.com

Praise for FALLING FOR RAIN:
* Let me just point out a few things...if you don't like sexual tension, romance, strong women, gorgeous men, or anything Canadian, you will not love this book. However, if you do, this book is an excellent read. I had difficulty putting this one down.... I teared up (ok, cried) a couple of different times. I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 stars." - Beth's Reviews and Promotions
* "This book will have you from the beginning. I read it in one night. Beautifully written. Prepare to have your heart to be torn by the pain these two characters have endured." - The Indie Bookshelf
* "This is a feel-good book you'd enjoy while in your favorite PJs sipping hot choco or whatever beverage you like while chilling. Who am I kidding? you will enjoy this book in whatever clothes you wear and wherever you are." - whoopeeyoo! :D

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