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    Good Summer Read!

    The setting for reading this novel was perfect. I was on a cruise ship in the Western Carribean and I decided that Dreaming of Venice could be the perfect addition to my vacation. Sadly, I haven’t enjoyed this book as much as I would have liked. I enjoyed the storyline, it was light and well written. I also loved having a glimpse into the artistic inspiration of Penny. T.A. Williams is able to bring a fresh sense of humor throughout the story that is quite enjoyable. Let me do a quick summary of the story: Penny received an offer that she simply can’t refuse: a lot of money and not working hard to earn it. I don’t want to get into details about what it is because it would prevent the reader to enjoy this part of the story that is carefully crafted. The inclusion of Penny’s dreams is really interesting, it all made sense in the end. Who would have believed that getting out of Penny’s comfort zone would have her finally seeing Venice? The part of the book that I was struggling with was the characters development. There was something missing. While I enjoyed reading about Penny adventures and romance, I was not able to feel any connection with her (or any other characters in the book). I really appreciate when there is a constant psychological/emotional evolution throughout a story, sadly, I did not get that sense in this book. I have to say that I liked the character of Jimmy. He brought some craziness and colors to the story, making it really fun to read (who doesn’t like a gay friend in a story?). I bought another novel by T.A. Williams that I will read eventually. Even though Dreaming of Venice was not the book of the year, I really enjoyed the book and I sincerely hope that I will be able to connect with the characters in Chasing Shadows! *I was gifted this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Love at first sight?!

    Do you believe in love at first sight? This is a book for you! I enjoy reading books by T.A. Williams, his books bring me back to countries and areas that I visited when I lived in Germany. In Dreaming of Venice, Penny serves tables in a small, out of the way restaurant. She is a “waiting to be discovered” painter/artist trying to make ends meet. She is also a doppelgänger of Olivia, a rich heiress who is currently unable to function socially due to a deep depression precipitated by the loss of her beloved father. Penny is asked to fill in for Olivia until Olivia regains her strength and confidence to function as the CEO at her company. Penny sees this man and is very attracted to him. Love at first sight? He also sees her and the same thing happens. The story is exciting, he a prince and she the pauper. Well worth the read.

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