Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help her find whatever it is she needs to open her heart and start painting again.
What she doesn’t count on is meeting Luca, a handsome Italian mechanic. With his smile, his warmth and his inspirational outlook on all the good things life has to offer, he sweeps her off her feet. As Mia slowly lets down her walls and allows Luca in, her passion for life is reignited and her new perspective begins to inspire her art. But just when she’s ready to let go of her past, will a tragedy threaten her new life with Luca?
Full of heart and hope, a love story about la dolce vita in Tuscany.Praise for THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE:
‘A rich love story painted with all the colours of an Italian summer.’ — Josephine Moon, bestselling Australian author
''A Florentine Bridge' could only have been written by someone with a passion for and knowledge of Italy. Vanessa Carnevale has written a beautiful love story which shows both joy and sorrow. Her descriptions of Tuscan life and landscape are written with authenticity and feeling, and will transport readers there in a heartbeat.' — Karen Comer (Blogger)
'Ms Carnevale's debut novel is a vivid, descriptive, beautiful story of love, life and taking chances. This was an evocative read, and I can't wait to see what Ms Carnevale brings us next.' — Janeane Debenham (Blogger from Netgalley)
'Set against a gorgeous Tuscan backdrop, it is truly a captivating love story. If you are in the mood for curling up and being transported to Italy, whilst witnessing a very emotional love story, then this is the book for you. Yet it is so much more than just a love story, being filled with a passion for art, language and indeed, everything Italian, is most engaging.
Carnevale is obviously very familiar with all things Italian and that translates wonderfully well to the page. Her love of the land, and indeed the whole atmosphere, shines through. From Florence to smaller coastal towns, her setting descriptions, references to art, culture and the food are vivid and enticing. Yet she still manages to bring that touch of Australia to her writing which I love. ' — Helen Hancock (Blogger from Netgalley)
'Carnevale writes with such colour. Every chapter was as captivating as the next and the raw and honest emotion she pours onto the page made this contemporary romance an instant hit with me. The Florentine Bridge is funny, heartbreaking, compassionate and romantic and is something you need to put on your radar. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author.' — Monique McTaggart (Blogger from Netgalley)
'The Florentine Bridge is a story with plenty of heart, incredible depictions of Italian life, and one that celebrates love for Italy, life and new beginnings.' — Rowena Holloway (Blogger)
'The Florentine Bridge is a powerful story of love, forgiveness and letting go. I was spellbound from start to finish by the descriptive depictions of Italy; the kind-hearted people, the sumptuous food and the beauty of the landscapes. I was captivated by the personal stories woven throughout the novel and I thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of the main character's mindset as she moved through challenging situations.
A beautiful and moving love story, cleverly interspersed with healing and moving forward in life when challenges arise.' — Rachael Kable (Blogger from Netgalley)
'Absolutely exceptional! Breathtaking; beautiful; heartbreaking and outs