Two broken people in the City of Love


Escape to the breath-taking beauty of Venice – The City of Love.

When pragmatic, sensible and resolutely single Deirdre York (Didi to her friends) is sent to Venice for work she is determined not to be taken in by the romantic clichés. Winter in the floating city may be breathtakingly beautiful, but she’s here with a clear purpose and will not let the magic of Venice distract her.

Piero Zanetti is the epitome of the handsome yet tortured artist. Heart-broken by the end of his love affair with a glamorous opera singer, he has lost his ability to work, and his inspiration has drained away, along with his zest for life.

But Didi needs Piero working – she has been tasked with commissioning him to do a glass centrepiece for a luxury department store Christmas display – some how Didi has tocheer Piero up or at least find him a new muse…

As Didi and Piero slowly become friends, and as Venice starts to melt Didi’s heart and gently nudge Piero out of the blues, something special begins to happen. Can Venice – the City of Love – work a Christmas miracle and help Didi and Piero to find their happiness at last…

Leonie Mack is back with the most gloriously romantic escape, perfect for all fans of Mandy Baggot, Jo Thomasand Carole Matthews.

My review

Deirdre York, Didi for her friends, has been tasked with persuading Piero Zanetti to create a glass centrepiece for a Christmas display in a luxury department store.
Taking off to Venice, where Piero is living, she is certain that she will succeed. But Piero, since he got heart – broken, has lost his inspiration and surely wouldn’t think about taking money for his art, even if inspiration would struck him.
However, Didi won’t accept a ‘no’ for an answer and while becoming slowly friends, both Didi and Piero realize they have more in common than thought, even hating the same romantic clichés.
While exploring the beauty of Venice, Didi’s heart is finally start to melt and Piero is getting out of his dark moods.
Will Didi manage to have Piero creating a masterpiece? And will these two broken people have a chance for their own happiness? 

I have to tell you all a little secret, and I know it’s an unpopular opinion, so I’m risking many angry people over here…
I have explored Venice myself, and – be warned – I found it a bit overrated. Okay, there are lovely places and buildings to visit. And Venice has its historical background. But just like Didi, I am a bit appalled of how touristic it all is now.
If only it wouldn’t be so crowded all the time, it would make it a lovelier place. 

So when I started to read this story, even if it took place in Italy and me being Italian (or Belgian, depends on which book I’m reading 😊), I kept my little dislike for Venice in the background of my mind. 

When I realized that Didi shared somehow my opinion, I was glad I found a kindred spirit. I didn’t have to pretend to like all the hot spots and Didi expressed perfectly my thoughts.
I found Didi easy to like. She is a focused woman, determined in whatever she does, even if that means going to Venice and try to persuade the most stubborn man of the world.
Even if she has never ever truly fallen in love, she is a loving character. Her love for her sister is obvious each time they talk and she is truly worried for her sister. 

Didi may seem like a cold person initially, she dislikes all kind of romantic clichés, but the more I got to know her better, the more I saw where she came from. Her family past made her create a high wall, just to avoid of getting hurt, but also that wall makes it impossible for her to break it down. 

Piero… talking about Italian men! All non – Italian people have this image of Italian men, players, good looking, going from one woman to another. But Piero is for me the typical Italian man. Stubborn, brooding, proud, strong yet also fragile.
His pain does not only come from a broking heart, but also the relation with his father isn’t a great one. And, typical Italian, both men are holding their grudge towards each other instead of just talking! 

This story took me to Venice, but it showed me the beauty I didn’t initially saw. The art of glass making was well explained and even if it were merely words, I could see the pieces that Piero and his father created.

But this wasn’t just a book about the places in Venice, it was about characters thinking that they are somehow not worthy of what’s in front of them. Thinking in a negative way, will only pull you down even more. But when the right person comes in your life, even as broken as you are, you will see the beauty that is around you. And that walls, no matter how high they are, can be crushed down and even the most critic person in the world can start to see how sometimes all we need, is a romantic cliché… 

A wonderful romantic tale, in a place that will take your breath away, about people that will steal a piece of your heart even if theirs were initially broken.

Een gedachte over “‘A Match Made In Venice’ – written by Leonie Mack #BookReview @LeonieMAuthor @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks @bookandtonic

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