Juliet Carlsen is grieving the loss of her mother. Six weeks after the funeral she is about to arrive in a tiny village in northern Italy. The village, Baiardo, is home to an art school where she is to spend a month as a volunteer. Her best friend had convinced her that a change of scene would do her good but, as she nears her destination, she is not so sure: was it really necessary to travel so far out of her comfort zone?
Baiardo turns out to be her haven. The warm welcome and serene beauty work their healing magic. The attentions of a handsome local named Luca don’t hurt either. Then someone from Juliet’s past shows up and turns everything on its head.
As someone who has never been out of the US, I greatly enjoy traveling through books. Travel books continue to build my ever increasing desire to see all this great planet has to offer. Travel novels, like this one, are responsible for their fair share of wanderlust. Appeasing the desire to see the world by experiencing it through the eyes of a character in a book works for a little while but, a book like this one will come along and instead of quelling my gypsy nature…. it feeds it. Juliet was a great character for me to do my traveling through. Her appreciation for this small town in Italy is wondrous. I could feel the warmth on my skin. I could imagine the cream and sand colored buildings covered with creeping vines. The imagery in this story is well done.
Lets talk about Luca! What a sophisticated sounding man! Talk about googly eye worthy. He sounds so handsome! Just the right amount of gruff. A mans gotta have some gruff.
Don’t all budding romances have a bit of blunder thrown in? Haven’t we all done something that we later want to bang our head against a desk repeatedly for?
I also love how they save the school! Housing addition hell is a particular peeve of mine. I am definitely one to appreciate the charm and character of a well built and well aged building. It irks the crap out of me when some joe-blow big shot comes in and tears these wonders down to build some cheap vacation nonsense. So, yay for the author having the same thoughts as me on that one.
I really enjoyed this story. It gets the full 5. ( I’ve been on a roll lately with good books!)
The Technical Data:
Title: Juliet’s Journey | Author(s): Kathy Gates |
Publisher: Katherine Gates / Publication Date: 7-24-2015 |Pages: 57 (kindle edition) |
ISBN: B012IADIPI | Genre(s): Clean Reads Adult Romance | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 9-30-2015 | Source: Copy From Author