Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas in Venice by Joanne Walsh

Title:  Christmas in Venice
Series:  Christmas Around The World #4
Author:  Joanne Walsh
Published:  October 28/14 by Tule Publishing
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Let it snow…?

Wasn’t she supposed to dream of a white Christmas? Right now, Ashlynne wishes the blizzards, ice and fog that have left her stranded in Venice would melt away. She’s facing a dreary holiday stuck at the airport—and she’s also run into her ex-husband.

Lorenzo di Grechi insists Ashlynne stay with him at his sumptuous palazzo apartment. He’s also promising her Christmas Venetian-style: eating, drinking, and visiting the seasonal markets and musical concerts that make the city so enchanting at this time of year.

She thought she’d moved on: laid the ghosts of their marriage which had ended so sadly and badly to rest, along with how passionately she’d loved him. But the sexual attraction between them is still as potent as ever, and he seems to have changed for the better, forcing her to question her belief that he’d cheated on her at a time when she’d needed him most.

Is this just some sort of Christmas magic at work? Or a real chance to forgive and rediscover her love for Lorenzo?

My Review:

This is definitely a second chance romance with a twist. Walsh’s descriptions transported me to Venice for a short while. She makes it so easy to picture Christmas in Venice, both at home and in the city. I will admit that every time Walsh (or any other author in this series, for that matter) mentioned Marietta or Bramble House I couldn’t help but smile. That little tie back to that series was priceless. Although this is definitely a Christmas story, with the spirit of the season throughout, the underlying sentiments and message of love and redemption are perfect year-round.

I quite enjoyed the main characters in this novella. You could see the careers that make these two individuals who they are. These individuals were their work, but they were also so much more than that. By limiting the cast to just the main characters the author allows us to get to know them quite well. The story doesn’t suffer from lack of characters. The history and tension between these two is so vast and emotional enough that they easily fill the novella on their own.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and read it in a single sitting. It was my first novella by Walsh and will most definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

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