Saturday, June 05, 2021



Mia Moretti is recovering from a devastating illness and feels like she needs a fresh start in life.  So when the opportunity for Mia to spend the summer in Tuscany, she jumps at the chance without thinking twice.  So, Mia leaves behind, her life in Australia and moves to Florence Italy.  Mia is an artist that had to give up painting because of her illness.  Along with her fresh start in Tuscany, she is hoping to start painting again.  But, when Mia meets Luca Bonnici, she begins to embrace life.  Luca believes in living life one day at a time and he believes in living each day to the fullest.  Luca show’s Mia all around Tuscany, and she falls in love with not only the countryside but also with Luca.  Obstacles are thrown in their direction and they must decide will they face the struggles together or loose each other forever.  

I enjoyed this story very much.  The challenges they faced were very real to life and the characters were believable, well developed and relatable.  The detailed description of Florence, Tuscany and the Italian vineyards was a delightful escape.

Thank you Vanessa Carnevale for this wonderful read, I was swept away.  It was a charming read and a wonderful escape. I loved everything about this book and I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of 4.

Author:  Vanessa Carbevale 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 3, 2021 
Pages: 276 
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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. There’s no other person I’d rather be with. But I have no idea that in just a few seconds both our lives will be turned upside down…

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 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?


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. 

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