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VANESSA CARNEVALE

 

The Memories That Make Us (2018)

 

Gracie Ashcroft is injured in a car accident and loses her memory. She can't recall her devoted fiance, Blake, her favourite food, how she performed her job as a stylist, or even her mother who died years before. Instead of embracing those close to her in her recovery, she flees to her childhood home of an old, abandoned flower farm in Daylesford, hoping the move will trigger the return of her memory. Gracie surrounds herself with the beauty of flowers and their innate healing powers along with a cast of charming locals. In a bold move to discover who she is, she embarks upon restoring the farm to its former glory with the help of her handsome neighbour, Flynn. Her biggest challenge becomes choosing between being happy now in a new life with Flynn, or continuing to long for her former life, a life she may have loved but just can't remember.
Carnevale's writing is effortless and sharp and her dialogue crisp. She's a master of creating emotionally compelling characters and crafting a sweeping love story that the reader remembers long after they turn the last page. It's a beautiful story that you won't forget. (LF) 8/10


 

The Florentine Bridge (2017)

 

From the very first page, the reader is captivated by the story of Mia and Luca. Mia’s in remission from cancer and travels to Italy to rediscover herself and reignite her passion for painting. She meets Luca, a scooter mechanic, and their chemistry is so electric it leaps off the page. We follow their love affair through the scenic and exotic Amalfi Coast, the alleyways of Florence, Siena and the Tuscan countryside, which all sets a most romantic backdrop. After falling passionately in love, Mia realises her fear of becoming unwell again is too great and she pushes Luca away.
Carnevale has an incredible ability to create these moving, real characters that we grow to love. Mia and Luca’s love story is heart-wrenching at times and so all-encompassing that it is impossible not to shed a tear. (LF) 8/10

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