Verona is the City of Love. But will Suzie find romance there or, like Romeo and Juliet, will it all end in tears?
When Suzie is hired to accompany spoiled, abrasive Lady Alexandra Tedburn on an all-expenses paid holiday to Italy, she fears the trip will be a disaster.
But she soon discovers there’s more to Alex than shopping and tantrums, and she’s determined to help her realise her potential – against Alex’s authoritarian father’s wishes.
As they settle in Verona, Suzie can’t stop thinking about local artist Michael, who is still mourning the tragic death of his wife. With Suzie’s future uncertain, and Michael’s past
holding him back, it seems there’s no hope for romance in the city of
star-crossed lovers… or is there?
What I Thought:
Yet another heartwarming, romantic novel from T. A. Williams! I’ve grown incredibly fond of T. A. (Trevor) Williams’ ‘Dreaming of…’ series of books, as they’re all a real pick-me-up for gloomy days.
Dreaming of Verona introduces Suzie, whose uncertain job situation leads to adventure among the rich and titled in Italy. What I like most about her is that she doesn’t have to rely on her physical attributes to get along in that circle – she’s a PhD and resourceful, and not intimidated to suddenly have a prosperous social life! I can’t abide girls in romantic fiction that are waiting to be saved – although this wouldn’t be romantic fiction without romance, you get the impression that Suzie would do just as well on her own…
With his descriptive writing, Trevor’s love of Italy shines through, and there is plenty of background information about the setting, and the connection to Shakespeare, and Romeo and Juliet, but this never overwhelms the central, romantic plot of the story. It appeals to me as a history lover and works well overall.
Through the drama and, sometimes, disappointment that Suzie has to deal with, the story always delivers on what it is – a romance novel – and it’s so easy to lose yourself in this lovely world for a while. Escapism? Wish fulfilment? YES PLEASE! Looking forward to the next instalment…
Dreaming of Verona is published by Canelo, and released on 3rd February.
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