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.
ARC received for an honest review
The Florentine Bridge should really be called A Love Letter To Tuscany.
Ms Carnevale's debut novel is a vivid, descriptive, beautiful story of love, life and taking chances.
The beautiful cover drew me in, the romance of the city and Mia and Luca's love kept me intrigued.
Whilst at times the pacing was a little jumpy - sometimes it was like speed racer and other times it was very slow - it all evened itself.
I got swept away with the imagery, placing myself in Mia's shoes, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Florence (and imagining a beautiful Italian man on my arms).
I did get frustrated at both Mia and Luca in the later parts of the books, I wanted to shake some sense in to both of them - particularly Mia. But I guess all of that comes with the territory of a 19 year old lady taking on the world (and me being an old fart!)
This was an evocative read, and I can't wait to see what Ms Carnevale brings us next.
Now, time to take like by the horns and live our dreams.