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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Valentine in Venice by Kaya Quinsey is a sweet short story about first and last love. Ten years ago, Valentine Wells went to Venice on a school trip. At 16, Venice was where she had her first kiss with Lorenzo Dipachio. Now 26, with a divorce under her belt and a successful career as a wedding photographer, Valentine has discovered that her mother has Alzheimer’s disease. When her father tells her to take some time out for herself, she books a holiday to Venice and goes back to where it all began. She isn’t the same impulsive girl any longer – or so she thinks. Until she quite literally falls into the arms of Lorenzo. Valentine’s Day is coming up, a big celebration in Venice; can Valentine keep her cool or is she destined to fall once again?
Valentine in Venice by Kaya Quinsey was a lovely short read, just right to fill a couple of hours. It is a feel-good story, the type that lifts your spirits and takes you away to sunny climes, to a place where you can forget about the harsh realities of life or the pouring rain outside the window. The story flowed really well with plenty of flashbacks to tell us how Valentine got to the position she is in. The main characters were really well developed, two very loveable characters that we can all relate to. The story moved steadily, no hanging about and, although it is short, it is just long enough to let you feel that you read a full story, with a beginning, middle and end. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a much-needed boost and I fully recommend it for anyone who wants to while away a couple of hours in a different life.