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Juliet's Journey Kindle Edition
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Juliet's Journey was a lovely read. A novella on the shorter side, it can be finished in an afternoon. Juliet was a wonderful new book friend. With Italian words sprinkled throughout the telling, realistic descriptions of Baiardo and the art school, the local flavor whetted my appetite. I enjoyed the experience. Kathy Gates is masterful as a word smith. This is a clean read (with sex off screen and behind closed doors and a lack of foul language). Recommended.
This was a sweet tale that can easily be read in a single sitting. It is great if you’re looking for a quick escape from the realities of the everyday.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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The problems of Italy's dwindling villages is portrayed honestly, and San Remo feels familiar after the author sets several scenes there. There are many characters, each unique. But I especially enjoyed the multi-generational and multicultural friendship between a trio of women that included the protagonist who is a 30 year old Australian, a mature American, and a middle-aged French woman.
This is not porn. It is a compact romance novella set in northwestern Italy, that is a very entertaining short read. There is some humor, some mystery, some secrets, some romance, and lots of Italian flavor in the beautiful and realistic Italian setting.
I’ve been feeling a touch of wanderlust lately, so I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to read Juliet’s Journey by Kathy Gates. This romantic novella took me to beautiful Baiardo, Italy in one of the loveliest reveries I’ve enjoyed in awhile.
Juliet Carlsen’s mother recently passed away and she’s on a mission to “get her groove back”. She arrives at Baiardo to volunteer a local art school but gets involved with so much more…including handsome silver-haired Luca da Silvestri (seriously, just say that name aloud – are you not already half in love? And he quotes Shakespeare ♥).
Juliet was a great heroine. She was strong, funny, feminine and – on one memorable occasion – feisty! I had my fingers crossed for her through the whole tale.
I loved the way the mystery and conspiracy in Baiardo unfolded in layers, woven through Juliet’s blossoming romance with Luca. There’s a large cast of supporting characters who also help carry the story and introduce some humor and charm (I adored Antoinette).
The romance in this novella was light and sweet. I’m not usually a fan of the “fade to black” adult scenes, but I loved the way Gates later filled us in on some of the poignant details through Juliet’s memories of the previous evening. In fact, that basking in the afterglow feeling that accompanied her approach was one of my favorite parts of this novella.
I only wish it had been a little longer! I would have loved the chance to get to know Luca better. As the story was told from Juliet’s perspective, I felt a strong connection with her, but Luca remains a bit of an enigma to me. Or maybe that’s part of his appeal. ;) Either way, I wouldn’t argue with a sequel!
This was an enjoyable read about a young woman who travels to Italy to volunteer at an art school, which sounds romantic enough in and of itself. But she is also running away from her grief; she recently lost her mother, and she's hoping a change of scenery will help her feel more like herself again.
The character development in this book is well done; I really felt that I got to know Juliet and even some of the side characters. The writing was fluid, and the descriptions of this beautiful village in Italy were very appealing. I don't get to travel much, and when I do, it's usually some place not too far from home, so I always enjoy reading about other places so that I can feel like I'm there for a little bit. And this novella certainly did momentarily take me to that village in Italy.
It isn't long though before Juliet begins to find out unusual things about the art school, things that have been kept from her. This isn't a thriller or a ghost story or anything like that, but she learns that not everyone has been entirely truthful with her. And someone she used to be with shows up to complicate things. The love interest was also a bit unexpected!
For anyone who enjoys life changing travel stories with an added bonus of romance, this is one story you'll want to check out. It was an entertaining and well done short read.
The gist of conflict comes about halfway in when everything about an important, therapeutic Italian getaway goes very wrong. And as readers, we love it when things go very wrong. Ms. Gates paints beautiful images of provincial Italy, from the cascading towns, to the warm locals, to the enviable evenings sipping Prosecco in the night air. I may not be able to relate to the reasons that brought Juliet to Italy, but I sure wanted to be there with her. Unfortunately, "there was a serpent in paradise." And that makes for a great story.
The length and complexity of story were appropriate for each other. One can almost read it in one sitting, and that's a great way to spend an afternoon, alongside Juliet who ends up traveling a far different journey than she could possibly have expected.
I finished it in a few hours and enjoyed the swift read. Juliet and her thoughts keep the story flowing. Her journey is of finding herself along with facing big changes in her life. Luca da Silverstri is the brooding, handsome guy who is as good looking as he is mysterious. How much can a gal resist, I didn’t want to miss a word of what he said!
As often when we face a trauma or loss of a loved one we tend to make sweeping changes; Juliet did the same. She moves to a picturesque small town Baiardo in Italy to volunteer at an art school. The book has a lot more to be sorted eventually and leaves the reader wanting more. The art school and her ancestral home both have a vague future yet the book closes on a positive and upbeat note. The book cover is beautiful and the book describes the locations so well that I felt I had visited this place.
Juliet’s brother, Jonathan, Chloe his girlfriend and Juliet’s very supportive friend Zellie add to the story and the surprising love angle make for an interesting plot twist. Stuart, the ex boyfriend caused a lot of trouble and heartburn, making me wonder what she found good in him in the first place.
Yet characters like Antoinette, Carrie and many more add to the essence of the book, highlighting the Italian connection. Many of them asking for their own stories to be told!
The language of the book is peppered with Italian and “Ti amo, amore mio” never felt more perfect. Kathy’s writing style is effortless, fluid and the sprinkling of Italian adds to the reading experience.
A well spun story of finding true love and family when you least expect it but such is life.
(I received a copy of the book from the author, the view are my own unbiased views)