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Dante's Gift (A Chicago Christmas Book 1) by [Wynne, Aubrey]
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Length: 102 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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                       ***2016 Golden Quill winner for best romantic novella***
"Dante's Gift is a wonderfully poignant holiday romantic tale that intertwines two love stories..." ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
 
"Trulyromantic... a book that you will not be able to put down." ~ Books Are Love

"Beautiful, heartfelt story!"Yamari Suarez-Rivera, Amazon reviewer 

"Wynne has crafted a beautiful story guaranteed to warm your heart and make you sigh..." ~ Kishan Paul, author of the Second Wife and Blind Love

"Dante's Gift is a magical romantic read." ~ Mousey Books

"A lovely story... This one really squeezes your heart." ~ Books N Pearls 

About the Author

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in theMidwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is anelementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience,and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and allthings Christmas.


Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry,  and was published inNovember 2013 by Melange Books, LLC and received Best Short Romance in thePreditors & Editors Reader's Choice of 2013. Dante's Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill award for best romantic novella.

Wynne's humorous shorts Pete'sMighty Purty Privies ( Best Short in the Preditors & Editors Reader'sChoice of 2014 and Top 100 Laugh Out Loud List on Goodreads) and To Cast ACliché are now available on Amazon.

The upcoming series "A Vintage Romance" was inspired by tales of her stepfather, whoserved for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set inthe first half of the 20th century, beginning with 19 Ivy Lane, in1950s Hollywood. Wynne'sfirst love is historical romance. Her medieval fantasy series "MedievalEncounters" will launch in 2017 with Rolf's Quest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5481 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Plato Publishing; 2 edition (November 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016YWEDSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a lovely story. A young man, Dominic has been planning his proposal down to the minute details for months. When the time comes, he botches the execution, and not in a cute/funny way. He precedes the moment by telling Kate that his great aunt died and he wants his grandmother to move in with him. Kate, instead of taking it in stride, decides that she needs time to figure out if she can deal with his grandmother being in the house, so she puts off answering his proposal. The grandmother comes and shares her story of meeting her true love with the hope to inspire the couple to take that next step.
At first, I didn't like Kate. I didn't like her reaction to Dominic's news. If grandma needs help, you help grandma. I thought her self-centered reasons were unwarranted, especially when she had never met the woman. She was basing her feelings on stereotypes and family members from the other side of the family. Dominic was kind in being patient to wait for her answer. While were some good moments between the couple, I would have liked to see more interaction between the two to see why they loved each other. The best part of the story was the WWII romance. It was well woven into the story and had good segues into the storytelling. I felt more connection with Antonia and Ken than I did Dom and Katie. Dante was a cute dog and I loved his reactions to the soldier. Antonia is a darling lady. I'm not much for war stories, but this one really squeezes your heart and will have you tearing up at the special moments.
I received an advanced copy from the author for review.
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Beautiful, heart-felt story! Loved how Aubrey used a quote at the beginning of the chapters and the flashbacks to how Antonia met Ken and fell in love during WWII. Katie is certain Dom will propose when he arranges the most romantic evening she could ever imagined. What she didn't expect was the surprise Dom had in store for her. Antonia's sister died, so he wanted to bring her with him to Chicago when he comes back from Italy. This doesn't sit well with Katie, so she puts her answer on hold.
At first I thought that Katie was too cold and insecure and didn't deserve Dom. As the story unfold I could see that her upbringing took a major toll on her and her interpersonal skills. I loved Dom right from the beginning; he's caring, compasionate and detail oriented. But most of all, he's truly devoted to his family. And I could only love Antonia. She's caring and loving, the way only grandmas know how.
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Dante’s Gift by Aubrey Wynne is a generational love story. In contemporary times Katie and Dom have issues to solve before they become engaged. One of them involves Dom’s grandmother, who resides in Italy. Katie has grown up an only child in a cold environment. Dom comes from a large family background, creating one of their differences. He wants to bring his grandmother to Chicago to live, and Katie’s not sure if she agrees.
The story unfolds with Dom asking Katie to marry him. She’s in the restaurant bathroom, talking to herself then a girlfriend. She’s unsure what to do. This was the only problem I had with the story. A man has pulled out all the stops to ask his girl to marry him, and she’s fretting about his grandmother in the bathroom. Sure, I understand there would be issues, but I don’t know the couple. I wish I had seen them in happier times and got to know them before this scene. It took a while to warm up to Katie.
After the story unfolds, a reader can’t help getting swept up in the grandmother’s story. She is a WWII bride, meeting a U.S. soldier in Italy. Ms. Wynne is at her best when she writes historical fiction. She sets the stage, having done her research. I don’t want to give much away, but hearing the grandmother’s story can change a questioning heart.
Dom is the boyfriend everyone wishes for, patient and understanding, wanting to make things better. He treats his grandmother with kindness and respect. I have a feeling if Katie said no to the proposal, grandma would still end up living in Chicago.
And who is Dante? A dog, of course. He plays a large part in the story and will bring a tear to your eye. Dante’s Gift is a short read, great for those evening hours.
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Wynne has crafted a beautiful short story guaranteed to warm your heart and make you sigh. Dante's Gift is a sweet tale set in two different worlds. One is war torn Italy of World War 2 and revolves around the lovely Antonia. The author beautifully weaves Antonia's story into that of the independent and beautiful Katie in present day America. As a result of their pasts, both women carry a world of heartache and fears. Fears that prevent them from surrendering their hearts. It is with the patience and strength of the two men who pursue them and the wisdom of a wonderful dog that they learn to trust. Dante's Gift has all the elements I enjoy in a story (humor, wisdom, and tears). I highly recommend this story for people of all ages.
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Dante's Gift is a wonderfully poignant holiday romantic tale that intertwines two love stories: the present day story of Katie and Dominic set in Chicago, with the historical story of Dominic's grandparent's Antonia and Ken set in Italy during WWII.

Author Aubrey Wynne weaves a lovely romantic tale that transports the reader to present day Chicago where Katie struggles to commit to her relationship with boyfriend Dominic, who is ready to propose to her. When Dominic brings his grandmother Antonia from Italy to live to with him in Chicago, Katie is charmed by Dominic's sweet Nonna when she recounts how she met and fell in love with her young American soldier in WWII Italy, and about a lovable collie named Dante.

I loved reading this enchanting holiday romance story, the intertwining of the past with the present easily keeps the reader engaged as both love stories unfold. There is something about holiday romance stories that tugs at my heart and stirs my soul, so as I read Antonia and Ken's wartime love story, I couldn't help but smile as I imagined the lovely elderly Italian lady telling it to an unsure young American woman on the cusp of her own true love story. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the addition and role that the lovable collie Dante played in the story, it was an added sweetness that simply left a smile on my face.

Dante's Gift is a beautifully written holiday themed romance story about true love and all that it encompasses.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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