Review: The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale

The Florentine Bridge

Publisher : Harlequin Books Australia

Source : Netgalley

Release Date : January 1st 2017


Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help her find whatever it is she needs to open her heart and start painting again.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting Luca, a handsome Italian mechanic. With his smile, his warmth and his inspirational outlook on all the good things life has to offer, he sweeps her off her feet. As Mia slowly lets down her walls and allows Luca in, her passion for life is reignited and her new perspective begins to inspire her art. But just when she’s ready to let go of her past, will a tragedy threaten her new life with Luca?

Full of heart and hope, a love story about la dolce vita in Tuscany.goodreads

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The Florentine Bridge is the debut from this author and is a must read. This was anything but what I expected. Whilst the blurb alluded to a beautiful story, I never would expected the characters be tender age that they were given this story and this was presented as women’s fiction rather than a romance.

Whilst the characters are of new adult age, the author ‘s prose storytelling make  it anything but an ordinary story. Mia Moretti  has arrived in Florence to rediscover herself.   The past two years have destroyed the Mia that everyone has known and loved.

Cancer stole her confidence and many other things  and with her well meaning parents hovering over her. Mia has escaped to Italy , the place of her forebears and great artists.   With the aim of regaining of that said confidence in order to paint again. However Florence has other ideas and we soon see it.

Sharing a beautiful villa with Stella, an American girl who rents from great uncle who has his own tale to tell and discover. Stella soon makes Mia embrace the beautiful Tuscany and more throwing in to the deep. Reading Mia better then she could at the moment and introducing her to Luca

A mechanic who opens up a  tiny piece of her heart but it was enough to change things.   The cloud slowly lifting and we soon see a new side to Mia. A friendship was the key  but it soon turned into more.

Italy may be the saviour that she needs but is she ready for  the life shattering experience she  is about to have?

Carnevale’s tale  maybe not a new concept but the storytelling and  prose . Sigh it hard to explain without giving it away. It give and take with this novel and it beautiful. It is a beautiful gradual romance set in  beautiful country is hard not to love. However that isn’t what made me turn the pages in to the early hours of the morning.   Mia’s perspective and  the journey that goes through this story.

She grows a lot in this story and it was beautiful and whimsical  watching her do so .  This maybe Mia’s and Luca’s story but its rich secondary characters  and their stories only added to theirs. You can’t fault this book. Carnevale may be new to the book world but you can feel her experience and it only helped her.

I wished I read this sooner hadn’t been prompted to do so . This definitely going to be one my top books for 2017 and I urge you to discover the story for yourself and fall in love







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