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Book Review: The Florentine Bridge


The Florentine Bridge
: Vanessa Carnevale
Published: 2016
Publisher: Harlequin
My Rating: 4.5/5

If your ideal novel is one that is painted with vivid descriptions, and a beautiful love story that has you invested from the word go, then The Florentine Bridge is for you.

The debut novel from Australian author Vanessa Carnevale, is a captivating love story set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Tuscan skies of Italy. Nineteen-year-old artist Mia, has packed her bags and paintbrushes to start afresh in a small village on the outskirts of Florence. Thousands of miles away from her family back in Melbourne, Mia, now in remission from cancer, is intent on trying to get her life back on track and be inspired to pick up her paintbrushes again. But, it is a lot harder than she thinks. Self-doubt and fear consume her every thought, and even the beautiful Tuscan scenery doesn’t seem to be helping. That is, until she meets Luca.

What unfolds is a heart-warming, intimate love story that takes the reader on a chauffeured voyage of the glorious landscape of Florence, and it’s surrounds. It is both delicate and heart-breaking as the two lovers battle their own inner demons tearing them apart, and threatening to break them altogether.

What I loved besides the magnificent way Vanessa paints the scenery, was the internal thoughts of Mia. Her fear, her frustrations, and her realisations, were handled delicately allowing the reader to invest in her story. Mia’s character development and arc were beautifully formed, and we can see her grow from beginning to end.

Vanessa has been able to put every emotion into her characters, and it is tenderly transferred from author, to character, right through to reader, making for a glorious emotion-filled read. The story was so beautifully written and portrayed, that I didn’t want it to end.

The Florentine Bridge can be purchased from every decent bookstore, or online through my favourite bookstore, Booktopia.

And make sure you pop back next week for a one-on-one interview with Vanessa, where she will discuss how the book came about, and much, much more.


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