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?
What I Thought:
I always have time for a new T. A. Williams novel as all the titles I’ve read are an absolute delight. Womens’ fiction gets a bad rep, but who on earth would not appreciate escapism and wish fulfilment – especially in the current climate??
Dreaming of Florence is part of of Trevor’s ‘Dreaming of…’ series, which takes us on a multi-stop trip around Italy and France and introduces us to a group of women who need a little more direction and excitement in their lives. And dare I say it? Love too…
Aside from Debbie’s story, Dreaming of Florence also gives us a fairly detailed depiction of Florence, which is evocative and – from what I remember of my one visit to Florence – fairly accurate. It’s clear that Trevor’s done his research (whether from experience or t’internet) and he writes the setting beautifully into his plot. I can almost see an Italian country villa, desperate to be renovated…
The ultimate driving force of the novel is, of course, to get Debbie all she dreams of and a love affair to boot, but knowing this doesn’t make the journey any more predictable as her path does not run smooth and she is such a likeable character that we feel her ups and downs keenly.
If I was to make a list of summer reads, just right for poolside reading, then this book would definitely be on it. It was, and is, a pleasure to read Trevor’s work and I can’t wait to move on to his next in the series, Dreaming of St Tropez.
Please note: I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley. All opinions are, as ever, my own.