Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review ~ CHRISTMAS IN VENICE by Joanne Walsh

Christmas in Venice (Christmas Around the World, #4)
by: Joanne Walsh
Series: Christmas Around the World
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Source: Tule Publishing via NetGalley

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?

What could be more beautiful than Christmas in Venice.  Gondola rides along the river whilst the snow falls, Christmas markets and Italian food and drink, I lost myself in the setting and the romance this lovely novella brings.  I love a second chance love story and Ashlynne and Lorenzo's brings a history that is painful and heartbreaking, but with hope.  With so much left unsaid as their marriage disintegrated, can they put the past behind them or is there too much water under the bridge?
Lorenzo was exactly what I was hoping for; a gorgeous gentle and delectable Italian man who has learned from his mistakes.  Ash was young when they married and time and circumstance have created a likeable determined woman whose feelings are reignited when she sees her ex-husband.  Granted the short nature of the book brought everything together quicker than reality, but that's minor; sweet tender moments are balance with flirt and want and with a sprinkling of humour Joanne Walsh has created a captivating short romance that exudes festive charm.

Whilst this book is part of the Christmas Around the World series, it is completely standalone and the series can be read in any order.

**Received a copy from Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 4

Purchase Christmas in Venice from Amazon

The Christmas Around the World Series:

Christmas at Waratah Bay (Book One) Review
A Yorkshire Christmas (Book Two) Review
Christmas with the Laird (Book Three) Review

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