Happy Publication Day to T. A. Williams for Dreaming of Verona. I’m delighted to have a review of this book today for the publication day push. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part and to the publisher for my digital copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
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?
This is my first book by T. A. Williams, although I have a couple of others waiting patiently on my TBR. I was fairly confident I was going to enjoy the book, set as it is in probably my favourite city in my favourite European country, and I have to say I was not disappointed.
This is a really entertaining and charming read about blossoming relationships, both romantic and friendly, set against the beautiful and romantic city of Verona. I absolutely loved the attention to detail in bringing the location to life and making it actually an additional character in the story, and it is obviously a place the author has visited and is passionate about. It is always a real joy for me when a novel really manages to take you to another location and make you feel like you have actually been there.
I immediately warmed to the characters in the book and, although the plot was perhaps a little far-fetched, I was happy to go along with it because it was so beautifully written and such a fun story. The author kept me guessing until the end how things were going to go, which is quite tricky to do in a romance of this type, I genuinely was not 100% sure who Suzie was going to end up with, which made for some real tension in the story. I particularly loved the professor and his Shakesperian-monikered dog, as Much Ado About Nothing is my favourite play, and he was such a sweet character.
One small niggle was the number of times the author referred to Suzie blushing, but I’m nit-picking here. A few too many red cheeks aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was everything that I look for in a book of this genre, with an added maturity of writing that gave it an extra level of depth. I would highly recommend it for fans of Italian-set romances, and I will be ushering the author’s books closer to the top of my TBR, especially when I am looking for a holiday read. It has made me long to take another trip to Verona with my own Romeo in the near future.
Dreaming of Verona is out today and you can buy a copy here.
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 romantic comedy 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 and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…
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