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Juliet's Journey by [Gates, Kathy]
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Juliet Carlsen is about to become a volunteer in an art school in the tiny northern Italian village of Baiardo. She has recently suffered the loss of her mother. Serene surroundings, a warm welcome and the attentions of a handsome local named Luca help her come to terms with her loss. Then someone from her past shows up and turns everything on its head. Juliet finds herself in the middle of a conflict that threatens to tear the fabric of village life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3382 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Kathryn Gates (July 24 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved the flavor of this sweet piece. There was just enough of Italy to captivate me. There were a few nicely placed twist in this easy read. And while being a quick read, it didn't leave an unfinished taste. Excellent job and I fully enjoyed this tale of a small village in Italy.
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Juliet is adrift after a personal loss. She travels to Italy at the urging of some friends. She expects to volunteer at the local art school, but gets more than she bargained for when she meets a cranky local named Luca. When her ex also shows up in Baiardo, she realizes that something is amiss. Juliet has quite the adventure as she attempts to bring the hidden dangers to light.

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.
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By Jonel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2015
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What a fun & intriguing short story! Gates has created a uniquely memorable tale that gives you a light and fun look at Italy and budding romances. The plot was well developed, creating a complete story with no loose endings. Gates’ narrative and descriptions allowed me to picture it. The characters were real and the type of people that I wanted to get to know. Gates gives enough details to make me feel as if I had met them without overpowering the story with too many details.

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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A charming read. I wasn't surprised that Gates had actually been to the little Italian town of Baiardo, because the whole novel had a ring of authenticity--from the Italian phrases scattered throughout the dialogue, to description of local customs and landmarks. Juliet, our heroine, and Luca, her love interest are both intriguing characters (Luca especially!). I would have like to see them better developed. I thought that the whole story felt a bit rushed, and I wouldn't have minded if it was twice as long. Juliet's Journey doesn't break any new ground, but it is a tasteful and enjoyable romance.
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HASH(0x9d4e7318) out of 5 stars An entertaining compact novella romance with lots of Italian flavor! Aug. 8 2015
By Italophile Book Reviews - Published on
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Despite the cover image that looks like a teen, the protagonist of this compact novella is a mature 30 year old who has lived much in those years. She's grieving when the story begins, and the romance she discovers in Italy is part of her healing process. The other part is finding that she can help others in their time of need, the others in this case being the villagers of the hill-town where she is staying.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4e7564) out of 5 stars Romance and mystery in beautiful Italy ♥ Yes, it's as good as it sounds March 22 2016
By SQ - Published on
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Disclosure: I was provided a with a free copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4e77a4) out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read! Sept. 5 2015
By Danielle Tara Evans - Published on
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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.
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HASH(0x9d4e7a20) out of 5 stars Let the battle for Baiardo begin! Aug. 3 2015
By CS Downing - Published on
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I ate this tale up! Here's a mix of personal healing, vindication, some underdog themes, and even a believable, heart-warming romance.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4e7d14) out of 5 stars Mission of love Oct. 25 2015
By Indywrites - Published on
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Juliet’s Journey is a fast read, with good language and perfect for a bright summer day or a cozy winter evening painting pictures of a quaint, town. So much of the beauty and heritage of the town comes across, and the sights and sounds of San Remo.

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)