Firstly, can we just take a look at this cover … How stunningly striking is it? As soon I saw the cover I knew I wanted to jump on to that gondola and sail up the Grand Canal while reading this book. Secondly, I am ashamed to say this is the first book I’ve ever read by this author but as soon as I finished Dreaming of Venice, I went and downloaded Williams’s back catalogue of books and can’t wait to jump into each and every one of them!
The story is written around a delightful character named Penny, who I absolutely loved from the very first chapter. Her life is tough, working a dead end job in a London café, her boyfriend is in Australia and she has a struggling art career that is going no-where. Her life changes the day she saves a child from what could have ended in a devastating tragedy when she quickly becomes an overnight hero on social media. She is pursued by a woman called Caroline who tracks her down and offers her a very interesting proposition. The stuff that dreams are made of.
The story moves at a great pace and before I knew it, I was at the end. I was hooked from the minute I started reading. The writing was exquisite, Venice was brought to life right before my very eyes with the gorgeous descriptions, the characters joyful and being a huge dog lover I especially loved Gilbert, the black Labrador who was a lovely addition to the story.
Overall, it was a warm-hearted cosy tale, the perfect story with the right mix of humour, friendship and romance. The characters endearing and the plot engaging. Feel good fiction at it’s best.
This is what fairy tales are made of …
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