Dreaming of Florence by T.A. Williams
Published: 8th January 2018
Available on Kindle
Today it's my stop on the Dreaming of Florence blog tour organised by Ellie from Canelo. Thank you Ellie for inviting me to be part of the tour and sending me a copy of this wonderful book to review.
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?
I’ve never read anything by T.A. Williams but when I saw Dreaming of Florence was up for review I knew this was the book to try out this new to me author. I’m so glad I did as Dreaming of Florence is a book which has many things to love in it, a great setting, adorable characters and a storyline which had so much more than your average romance novel.
Deborah Harper or Debbie as she likes to be known is a language teacher specialising in teaching foreigners English. Her small language school in Cambridge is struggling and Debbie is on the verge of losing her job. When Debbie quite literally runs into Doctor Pierluigi Masino she’s distraught, not only has she made a fool of herself in front of a handsome stranger, she’s also ruined her bike and with no spare money it means she’ll be walking to work from now on. She can’t believe her luck when later he turns up on her doorstep with a new bike. He’s her dream man, not only is he super handsome, he’s Italian and from Florence, the place which holds special meaning for Debbie. Believing Pierluigi to be the man for her Debbie decides to follow her heart and sets off for a new life in Florence. Despite not having the dream start she was longing for Debbie’s move to Florence turns out to be the best thing she’s ever done.
I have a love affair with Italy just through books so anything set in Italy immediately piques my interest and this book captured the essence of Italy perfectly and had me wishing that I could be Debbie and pack my suitcase and simply start a new life. It was so wonderful to experience Florence through Debbie’s eyes and feel her enjoyment as she takes in the sights, the sounds, the smells and the tastes of Italy. Reading this book has made me long to visit this beautiful city even more.
Debbie’s a character you can’t help but adore. She has such a naïve attitude towards people, particularly men believing that their intentions are as good as hers and time and time again she finds herself broken-hearted and disappointed. But she also has a resilience about her which makes her dust herself down and get on with the next thing in her life. She has such a caring and helpful nature which sometimes leads her into trouble but also opens the gate to some marvellous opportunities.
This is a book which I enjoyed immensely. I loved following Debbie on her journey to happiness and reading this book has left me feeling very inspired. Debbie has taught me that its not enough to dream about the life you want, you must take a risk and go and find it for yourself. So that is what I intend to do and if anyone is needing some inspiration or motivation then Dreaming of Florence is the ideal book to read.