The glamour of Hollywood. The magic of the Tuscan countryside. One big decision…
Beatrice Kingdom (Bee to her friends) wakes up in hospital in Tuscany. After an accident on a film set leaves her burned and scarred, she feels her whole life has been turned upside down.
Bee is offered the chance of recuperating in a stunning Tuscan villa in the company of a world-famous film star, the irascible Mimi Robertson. Here amid the vines and olive groves, Bee quickly finds there’s more to the place than meets the eye, not least a certain Luca (and Romeo the dog).
As she comes to terms with her injuries and her new life takes shape, Bee will have to travel a road of self-discovery… and make a huge decision.
What I Thought:
Today I bring you another of T. A. Williams’ Dreaming Of… series! I’ll admit right away that this is a review full of praise, because I love this series of novels which are set in a variety of Italian and French locations and are the very definition of escapism.
In these uncertain times of doom and gloom, to pick up a novel that is full of sunshine is very welcome indeed and Dreaming of Tuscany certainly fills the brief!
I think what I like most about these books is that the main characters, although set down in unusual situations, are just ordinary women. In this book, Bee is highly relatable and is a clever, educated woman who is making opportunities for herself in her chosen career.
Although the situation that puts Bee in an Italian villa with a Hollywood actress is unconventional, it’s easy to roll with it as the book is written with such charm.
You can tell when you read any of his books that T. A. Williams (Trevor) knows what he’s talking about as he paints the scenes in the towns, villages and countryside of Tuscany so vividly that it brings it all to life as you read. Having travelled in that area many years ago, there was plenty that I recognised.
One tip when reading these books is to look out for the Black Lab – there’s always one in there and they all have unique characters but always, always, have a deep love of food!
This book, and the others in the series, are definitely recommended – there’s a new one coming out early next year, so I’m looking forward to it already…
Dreaming of Tuscany is published by Canelo.
Please note: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.