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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Book Review: Dreaming of Florence by T.A. Williams

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Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence.

When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!

Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?

Sunny skies, warm weather and a beautiful city to explore - sounds idyllic, doesn't it? If you are struggling with cabin fever during the lockdown, Dreaming of Florence is the perfect story to take away your blues and instantly get you dreaming about your next holiday.

Florence sounds like a wonderful city, with stunning architecture, plenty of history, and a rich culture. Plus, for main character Debbie, the city also brings the allure of handsome, charming Italian men - could Florence be a city of love for Debbie?

The story starts in Cambridge before following Debbie across to her new life in Florence, incorporating plenty of surprises along the way. It seems that when you begin teaching at a prestigious language school, nothing is as it seems and a quiet life is certainly not on the cards for Debbie! However, all this excitement makes for a fast-paced read with plenty to keep you turning page after page.

However, this fast-paced nature does not detract from the imagery and level of description present in the story. From deliciously-described meals to a garden view so perfect you can almost see it in front of you, these small details really helped to bring the story to life and put a trip to Florence firmly on my post-lockdown bucket list!

As she navigates the winding path through her new life in Florence, Debbie meets a whole cast of interesting, vibrant individuals. From her new boss and the language school's grumpy secretary to her flatmates, neighbours, and some of her students, Debbie's social life is filled to the brim with people who have their own stories to tell. This larger-than-life cast of characters fills each page of the book with the colour and passion you could only expect in a beautiful city like Florence.

Dreaming of Florence is certainly a brilliant way to escape the lockdown blues and is well worth a read. Plus, if you're interested in reading more from author T.A. Williams, why not check out his post about researching Dreaming of St Tropez?

Rating: 3 stars

Dreaming of Florence is available to buy now.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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