Book Review: An Escape to Remember by T. A. Williams

She needed a getaway. What she found was a home.

When Louise surprises her boyfriend by returning early from a work trip, safe to say she wasn’t expecting to see him in flagrante delicto with another woman. Heart-torn and vowing to stay away from men, when Louise’s next project involves restoring an ageing hotel in Italy, she leaps at the chance to get away.

Managed by a crew of sextagenarians, the Grand Hotel del Monferrato needs all the love and care Louise can give it. But it’s hard to stay focused on the job when her thoughts keep straying to Vito, the reclusive and mysterious neighbour.

With his tragic past and her no-romance policy, Louise knows they can’t have a future. Yet something keeps pulling the two together…

What I Thought:

Once again, we’re travelling to Italy, courtesy of T. A. Williams, and his latest Italian romantic adventure, An Escape to Remember.

This time, we follow Louise who is reeling from the abrupt end to her relationship and finds a place to soothe her soul with a job in in the Italian hills.

I loved the setting for this book – the fading grandeur of an Italian country hotel, set against rolling hills and vineyards, descriptions of which are expertly woven into the text. Being set in a hotel also leads to plenty of passages about the delectable food and wine of the region – from the whole thing, you can tell that T. A. Williams has a love of Italy and this region, which makes it easy to see why Louise might be tempted to rebuild her life there.

Although Louise’s relationship has ended and she swears to herself that she’ll steer clear of entanglements, things might not be so easy for her in that regard, as there are several men on her horizon that might tug at her heartstrings – has she inadvertently found her soul mate in the Italian hills?

I very much enjoyed this book – in fact, I don’t think T. A. Williams has had a dud as yet – it is another dose of escapism, where nice things happen to nice people and I’m definitely here for that!

An Escape to Remember is published by Canelo.

About the Author:

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing escapist romance is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Find out more about Trevor on his website.

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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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