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- Print Length: 400 pages
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- Publisher: Fiorenza Publishing (April 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DVS05M0
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are looking for a clean romance, filled with the gorgeousness of Italy, the suspense of a fun mystery, and intrigue, humor, and melt-your-heart true love - this is the book for you. Read it!! You won't be disappointed! Nichole even puts a few amazing-sounding Italian recipes at the end of the book,which I am absolutely going to make in the very near future.
I'll share more of my ramblings soon...especially after I have time to let all the thoughts of this novel have time to settle completely in my mind. :-)
How to start this review? There's so many aspects to talk about, I think I'll start with the time travel or more accurately flashbacks which the author termed regressions. It was interesting the way the author created the flashbacks. I actually really liked how she did and have to say those were some of my favorite chapters. Maybe I should backtrack for a minute and give just a touch of information. I'm sure most everybody reading this review has read the synopsis and knows that Claire is in Italy and has discovered a Mr. Darcy dressed character appearing in her pictures. I think I would have completely freaked out if that happened to me...strange man following you around and appearing in your selfie pictures. When Claire first starts discovering this strange Darcy man in her pictures she takes a pretty good deep breath and searches all over for him. Discovering that he is nowhere to be found she takes a picture only to discover him in the picture, and sometimes right next to her. As she quickly searches again for him after seeing him in the picture he is nowhere to be found again. What is going on and what could it all possibly mean?
Claire really is over men and doesn't want to be anywhere connected to them or surrounded by them. She has been through some pretty crazy relationships and feels so disconnected from ever possibly having a normal human relationship. Her parents are pretty crazy, her grammy has recently passed away and she was the only real loving person ever in her life. Her previous relationship with Pierce ended with him cheating on her and acting like she should still love him and completely forgive him.
How does anyone open up and trust again with so many failed relationships that should contain trust yet have only broken and further damaged her ability to trust.
Being in Italy is all about patching up her career and trying to move forward with life. Florence is special to her because her and her grammy once shared a long wonderful vacation together there and she feels like she is reliving that and having her there with her once again. She is interviewing for a job with a wealthy man whom everyone calls the Colonel. He has an extensive art collection and rare artifacts that he wants to have appraised and detailed where they came from and cataloged. Claire is in a sort of competition with a couple other people for this position. First is Pierce. Yes that's right Pierce as in the arrogant cheater boyfriend. Can't stand him. Those were just my feelings upfront as I first started reading the book. Nope, those feelings didn't change much throughout. The second is a pair of twin brothers, the D'Angelo brothers. Dante is the oldest and the one who attends the first meeting with everyone.
Lots of background info and I am finally getting back to those regressions. Dante has a curse upon his family. The first born son inherits the gift of sight from an ancestor who asked a gypsy to help him. So the first born can see everything from the past, the present and the future. I won't say much more about what they can see except, in Dante's case he's a triplet. I know you're thinking what, she said twin earlier. Well when he was just a concept of cells, those cells split creating fraternal twins and then one of those two cells split creating identical twins and three babies so triplets. Dante and his two brothers have each inherited a different aspect of the sight and use that gift/curse throughout the book.
Dante explains that a regression can occur if they are in the right place and with the right person, as in somebody with a strong emotional connection and who had been there in the previous life. So the flashbacks let us know that each person lives a life and then comes back again as a new person. Dante can see shadows of who a person has been in previous lives. He and Claire end up having several flashbacks/regressions together which ultimately reveal about their previous lives and critical pieces of information that is very helpful in one part of their job interview process. They are trying to assess the value of a sketch and if it is real or just a copy. All of this pulls the plot along and leads the characters to different discoveries.
Have I completely lost you or is it making sense? I think if you start at the beginning and have all the little bits and pieces slowly revealed it will make more sense to you.
Overall I did enjoy it. I liked the struggle that Claire had with learning to trust Dante, especially after seeing how their previous lives had played out. Once they did figure out their relationship and she finally decided to trust him there were several kisses throughout. Most of them were pretty chaste but there were a few heated kisses. Also a couple characters really liked a certain swear word that he'd throw out occasionally. I know some other reader's reviews said they were confused at the beginning trying to understand the curse and abilities Dante had but I didn't have a problem understanding it and thought it was explained pretty well. I think it just takes reading and allowing all the little bits and pieces to fall into place.
The ending had several twists and turns to it and had me going back and forth on who the bad guy was but I have to say my initial gut reaction at the beginning was right. Good luck piecing it together.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.