Find love, friendship and prosecco – in the magical city of Venice.
Life is tough for Penny. A dead end job in a London café, a boyfriend in Australia (what could go wrong?) and an art career going nowhere. But then Penny is approached with an extraordinary proposition.
It isn’t going to be easy but, if she can pull it off, she will turn her life around and at long last see the fulfilment of her dream – to visit Venice. And, just maybe, find true happiness with the handsome man of her dreams.
But can dreams come true?
About the Author
My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.
I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.
I have said before Trevor is one of my favourite ‘feel-good’ authors so it comes as no surprise that I immediately leapt to read this ARC. While the cover is divine from a newbie readers viewpoint, I would read a book covered in brown paper by Trevor because you know it’s the contents within that make it magical and this story is no exception.
It begins dramatically, Penny Lane (yes, Beatles fans!) performs a brave rescue and from there her mundane life as a waitress and budding artist starts to change. She is approached by a mystery woman and rather bizarrely offered a job. Now this isn’t any ordinary employment but it has the potential for decent money and the possibility of getting Penny out of her basic accommodation and off the breadline. She immediately starts planning a trip to Australia to meet up with her boyfriend.
But things don’t go so smoothly in that direction yet Penny still dares to dream that she may make it as a big artist in Venice.
What follows is a wondrous story, full of warmth and humour especially difficult under the circumstances in places with the awful characters at times. The pleasantries of Venice shine through, it truly is a beautiful city and the descriptions are exactly as I remember it.
This is something slightly different for this author but he pulls it off tremendously and I’m delighted to report there is the suitable addition of a Labrador .. Gilbert is full of charm.
Read this and escape into a world of food, drink, sight-seeing but will Penny find love or achieve her dream? I’m being purposely vague because this is a book you will benefit from as you read it and form your own opinions. Needless to say it gets 5 stars from me.