I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the tour for Dreaming of Florence by T.A. Williams and today I will be sharing my review. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence.
When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!
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?
If you ever need an escape from every day life I really can't recommend the books written by T.A Williams enough. With fabulous descriptions he never fails to bring the story to life along with creating some characters who end up close to your heart. Even though I hope to eventually travel to Italy it is still very much a dream at the moment. So I love that this book is set in Florence that way even though I don't get to travel so much anymore I had a wonderful experience of the region all the same. T.A Williams easily brings the sights to life with a lovely descriptive writing achieving just the right amount of detail to pull you right in to the story. I have to give a special mention to the delicious food that was in this story I think I may have put a stone on just listening (oh okay drooling) at the wonderful meals and drinks described.
Debbie is such a likeable character who decides to take a chance on a fresh start in Florence and I loved her bravery for taking the plunge. Along with a range of minor characters who all bring something to the story from a best friend to new friends and of course the perfect romantic lead. Debbie goes on quite a journey and I love how she takes everything in her stride both the good moments and bad. Of course I can't forget a certain Labrador named Byron he definitely added a lovely sweet touch to the story.
Uplifting and heart warming with a gorgeous dash of romance. Making it the perfect story to bring a smile to your face so just sit back relax and let Dreaming of Florence whisk you away!
Five stars from me.
With thanks to Ellie at Canelo for the invite to join the tour along with Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...
My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.
I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.
I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.