[Review] The Florentine Bridge

31281233I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review

Quick fire review:

This is a strong debut by an Australian author.

Not only is this cover stunning, but the story is too. Set in Italy this book will make you look at love and life in an entirely new way.

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Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help her find whatever it is she needs to open her heart and start painting again.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting Luca, a handsome Italian mechanic. With his smile, his warmth and his inspirational outlook on all the good things life has to offer, he sweeps her off her feet. As Mia slowly lets down her walls and allows Luca in, her passion for life is reignited and her new perspective begins to inspire her art. But just when she’s ready to let go of her past, will a tragedy threaten her new life with Luca?

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4 out of 5 stars

Keeping this short to make sure I don’t spoil the whole damn thing.

Thanks so much to author Vanessa Carnevale for reaching out – I was absolutely captivated by this book and by Mia.

This is such a beautiful story. Set in Italy, we join Mia after she has just kicked cancers ass and is in need of a fresh start.

This book is full of emotion and Carnevale has crafted a main character that is so vibrant and so thoughtful that you can’t help but like her. Her male counterpart Luca is as delightful as she is and entirely swoon worthy. I loved their relationship and watching them fall in love and navigate some rocky terrain was a beautiful and heartfelt ride.

Carnevale writes with such colour. Every chapter was as captivating as the next and the raw and honest emotion she pours onto the page made this contemporary romance an instant hit with me. The Florentine Bridge is funny, heartbreaking, compassionate and romantic and is something you need to put on your radar. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author.

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