The Official Synopsis:
A collection of romantic short stories set in glamorous locations from Italy to the Caribbean, passing through Scotland and Santa Barbara. Nine fairy tales for grown-ups.
Villa d’Este: A handsome TV personality is bewitched by a mysterious young beauty.
Amsterdam: Walking home from his night-shift through the red light district, the last thing he expected was an offer of eggs and coffee.
Santa Barbara: “He landed in Tokyo, Japan with a great California tan, a lot of fitness and no shoes.”
Rain in Rome: The slippery slope of love in the Eternal City.
Barra: A remote Scottish island casts its spell on a troubled American movie star.
Florence – La Certosa: “In the distance a church bell peeled, perhaps from the Certosa itself, and the atmosphere seemed somewhat surreal … It looked so old, so ancient. It was not hard to imagine oneself to be back two or three hundred years, drinking wine and watching the dying sun burn the clouds into every kind of crimson.”
Montmartre: He pitched his song in Paris and found he made a hit.
Amalfi Coast: Poor but hopeful, two young lovers find joy and upset on the beaches of Southern Italy.
Tobago – Having Lost The Boy: Down and out on a tropical beach, there was one more thing he could salvage.
Book Rating: 7.5/10
Light-hearted, sweet, and romantic.
This is a collection of short stories that takes you on a journey through life, love, and passion, and reminds us that sometimes things really do happen for a reason.
The prose is exquisitely descriptive. The characters are charming, appealing, and endearing. The plots are unique, although they share the standard contemporary romance, happy-ever-after ending. And the settings are magical, taking you to the luxurious beaches and vineyards of Italy, to the museums and landmarks of the City of Light, to the picturesque countryside of the Scottish Highlands.
This truly is a warm, easy read that is a nice way to spend an afternoon
Thank you to Robertson Tait, the author, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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