- File Size: 767 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Canelo (January 8, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0765416VY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dreaming of Florence: The feel-good read of spring! Kindle Edition
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Pierluigi, a doctor, apologies profusely and admits that it was his fault entirely. He offers to looks at her injuries, and then walks her home with her mangled bike.
Debbie thinks the doctor is rather dishy, and falls for him at breakneck speed when she discovers he’s from Florence. He tells her she should go and visit the country as she won’t be disappointed. In the end she bites the bullet and goes. She is so taken aback with the city that when an offer of redundancy comes up at work she decides to go and work there, it’s now or never.
This is the first book by T.A. Williams that I have read. I’ve admired his books for a long time, but with a huge TBR list I’ve never actually gotten around to reading one, until now.
Open up the gorgeous cover and you will step into a delightful, heartwarming story which has been perfectly executed. The characters are a joy to spend time with, and that scenery is to die for. I’ve never been to Italy, but it felt like I was standing in the heart of Florence.
T.A. Williams has in essence written a ‘Guide to Florence’ hidden within a beautiful story. Not only do you get to visit the tourist areas, but he takes you to places off the beaten track and has you tasting divine food, and sipping delicious wines.
At the centre of this book is a woman who took a chance on fulfilling her dream. Debbie for so long had wanted to follow her heart, but never had the courage. When the opportunity arose, and with a little push from her best friend, she took that chance. If this book teaches you one thing, it’s to stop putting off following your dream, start living it before it’s too late.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Dreaming of Florence is one of those books that instantly falls into the feel-good category. It’s a light and charming read. Debbie is delightfully drawn and we see how she develops through each challenge that life brings her. Although she comes from a loving home, finances were always a struggle for Debbie and her family. She works hard, is never frivolous and is appreciative of all she has and has accomplished. Her dreams really do come true when she finally makes it to Florence, in fact, you can almost think of the city as her fairy godmother.
There are some cute, almost clever, plot twists as the story unfolds. There is the mystery of Pierluigi to unravel and there is the elusive rose garden to find.
The story is told in the third person but from Debbie’s viewpoint alone. The reader is only allowed to see Debbie’s perspective on what’s going on. After reading several multiple POV stories recently, I enjoyed this change. Interestingly enough, it is still easy to spot when Debbie’s opinions/ perspectives of someone else are unfair or biased.
I wish some of the other characters were as well drawn as Debbie was, but perhaps that’s just a result of the singular POV. Her friend Alice, goes through a transformation but I would have liked to get to know Alice a bit more.
While I really liked this book, I can’t say I loved it. T. A. Williams uses very pretty words and put together lovely sentences but sometimes the flow just didn’t seem quite right. I felt disconnected from the story very often. I didn’t feel as if I was experiencing everything with Debbie. I liked her, I wanted her to be lucky in love. I really wanted to know what happens next but I didn’t feel. I didn’t get scared for her or angry on her behalf or giddy with happiness for her. I felt a little disconnected. This story didn’t bring the feels. But it still made me happy while reading.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was cute and sweet and made use of a couple of plot twists. If you are looking for something quick and light to put a smile on your face, try it.
Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Canelo for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I knew when I had a novel by this author tucked in my kindle to read that I was in for a treat, but this novel surpassed even my expectations. The story is terrific on it’s own, but the setting and descriptions of this city add so much more. Debbie is a strong woman who comes from a working class background and has made sacrifices to advance in her career – which is just as well as, through no fault of her own, love has not been such a strong point. Ever since she was young and couldn’t go on a trip to Florence with her school friends due to a lack of family funds, she had dreamed of that city. When she gets the chance to go there, will she find all she’s looking for or will disappointment be on the horizon?
Dreaming of Florence is an absolute delight to read .. warm and wonderful, but a grounded tale with ups and downs and, of course, T. A. Williams trademark labrador. Anyone who knows me is aware of my complete adoration for these dogs (we have two) and I’m always interested to see which name this author will bestow – and as always, it’s perfect!
Such a thoroughly enjoyable read. I actually feel this morning as if I have been on a trip to this magical city. I definitely have a lighter step after indulging in the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of Italy and have no hesitation in recommending that you add this one to your collection!
My thanks to publishers Canelo for granting me my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
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