I’ve been fortunate to review ARC copies of a number of TA William’s books, and I’ve enjoyed each one. There is a common thread in his writing style which incorporates strong women and adorable Labradors. Any misapprehensions that I may have held about men writing romance novels was cleared away several books ago. If you’re interested in looking at my previous reviews, here are some links; Secrets on the Italian Island and A Little Piece of Paradise.
I’m grateful to Rachel’s Random Resources and Canelo for the digital ARC which was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. You can read my thoughts below.
She needed a getaway. What she found was a home.
When Louise surprises her boyfriend by returning early from a work trip, safe to say she wasn’t expecting to see him in flagrante delicto with another woman. Heart-torn and vowing to stay away from men, when Louise’s next project involves restoring an ageing hotel in Italy, she leaps at the chance to get away.
Managed by a crew of sextagenarians, the Grand Hotel del Monferrato needs all the love and care Louise can give it. But it’s hard to stay focused on the job when her thoughts keep straying to Vito, the reclusive and mysterious neighbour.
With his tragic past and her no-romance policy, Louise knows they can’t have a future. Yet something keeps pulling the two together…
A beautiful romance set in the hills of Turin
An Escape to Remember is a title that felt destined to feature on my blog. I love the idea of escaping via the pages of a good book, and where better than to gorgeous Italy? TA William’s writing style is perfect for setting the scenes and making the reader feel like they are actually walking through the vineyards or plunging into freezing rivers.
Louise has an enviable job, working as a trouble-shooter for a luxury hotel chain. Protecting her bruised heart, she undertakes the management of renovations at the ageing Grand Hotel del Monferrato. She soon discovers that it’s not just the hotel that is showing its age, the staff are also of the more senior persuasion, yet fiercely loyal to the once beautiful business.
As Louise settles into her new role, she learns more about the hotel’s past and its former owner, Vito. The former life and soul of every party, Vito now lives a simpler life as a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at a University near Turin. Louise is drawn to him and the more she learns about his past, the more intrigued she becomes and determined to discover his secrets.
Of course, her main focus has to be on getting the hotel back on the map in time for a gala opening, but she also has the wedding of her best friend and the attention of a former lover to deal with. This was a busy story that passed at a wonderful speed with lots of plot twists to grab the reader’s attention.
Everything about this gorgeous story was perfect. The setting, the gentle romances, the renewed friendships and, of course, Leo the chocolate Labrador. With so many fabulous characters, it’s difficult to choose a favourite, until you meet Dominica and Calogero. I just wanted to meet and hug them both.
This was a wonderful escape and I can highly recommend it.
I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.
The fact that I am now writing escapist romance is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.
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