I take my spot behind Luca and soon we’re racing down winding country roads through the breathtaking Italian countryside, with postcard-perfect sunflowers that carpet faraway fields. I have no other place to be, and no other person I’d rather be with.
Mia Moretti has always dreamed of becoming an artist. But after a fierce battle with a devastating illness that she is terrified will return, Mia is heartbroken to find herself unable to paint like she used to.
So when an opportunity to spend the summer in Italy presents itself, Mia jumps at the chance for a fresh start. She hopes that by travelling to the sun-drenched streets of Florence, surrounded by Tuscany’s rich green vineyards and sweeping hills, she will finally be able to heal.
What Mia doesn’t count on is meeting handsome local mechanic, Luca Bonnici. With his smouldering chestnut eyes, charming smile and irresistible joie de vivre, Mia can’t resist the invitation to jump on the back of his motorbike to the see the country she is already falling in love with. And as she slowly lets down her walls and opens her heart to Luca, Mia starts to fall in love with life again too.
But just when she is ready to let go of her past, tragedy strikes. Will Mia’s strength and her love for Luca be enough to save them, or will they lose each other forever?
Lose yourself in the blue skies and sun-kissed streets of Florence with this gorgeous, heart-wrenching story about love and second chances. Perfect for fans of That Month in Tuscany, T.A. Williams and Lucy Coleman.
Mia Moretti is a talented young artist who has had a lot to contend with over the past couple of years. Mia was diagnosed with Cancer in her last year of school, and despite overcoming the disease, she still lives in fear that one day it will return. This fear she carries around inside of her penetrates every point of her life, from her relationships, to the way she feels about her art – even sometimes forcing her to stop doing what she loves most.
When Mia is presented with the opportunity to go and live in Florence, she seizes the chance in the hope it might help her inspiration for her art come back. However, what Mia didn’t anticipate in this plan of hers was meeting Luca Bonnici, and certainly didn’t consider she would start having feelings for someone.
As Luca and Mia begin to explore Tuscany together, and venture out to the Amalfi Coast too, Mia slowly begins to feel her confidence ebbing its way back in to her with every passing day. With some gentle encouragement from Luca, Mia tentatively picks up her paintbrush once more. But with the fear of Cancer returning, Mia is reluctant to let anyone in to her life, let alone her heart.
I adored this story from the very beginning. Mia is one of those characters that captures your heart immediately, and you really do feel for her and the battle she has faced with such a terrible disease. It is understandable that she has her doubts and reservations about life, but it was such a joy to follow her story as she rekindled the love and passion she has for her art. The romance between Mia and Lucas was rather fast paced, and within a very short amount of time they unearth deep feelings for one another, something I would usually find unrealistic, but with the overall theme of this book it really seemed to work.
Beautifully written, full of emotion and left me wanting more. This book was an absolute joy to read, and I can’t wait to read more by this author!.
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About the Author
Vanessa Carnevale is an Australian author of women’s fiction. She is also the host of Your Beautiful Writing Life retreats held in Tuscany and Australia.
Vanessa loves to travel, and spent several years living in Florence, Italy, a place she considers her second home. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.
Her previous novels, THE MEMORIES OF US and THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE are published by HarperCollins and have been translated into German and Slovenian. Vanessa’s third novel will be published by Bookouture in August 2020.
*Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bookouture and Vanessa Carnevale for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*