By Aubrey Wynne
Released: Nov. 9, 2015
Publisher: Plato Publishing
Contemporary Vintage Romance
Kathleen James is far too practical for her own good. But on the most important night of her life, she gives way to romance and prepares for an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. Unfortunately, the evening doesn’t end the way she envisioned.
Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls from Italy. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.
Nonna, a wartime bride from the ‘40s, knows how precious love can be. Can her own love story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?
Excerpt from present day romance:
The scent of turkey met her at Dom’s front door. For a moment, apprehension swept through her at the thought of helping in the kitchen. Then a handsome man stood before her, and she couldn’t wipe the foolish smile off her face. Instead of saying something stupid, she held out the wine.
“In a holiday bag, no less,” Dom said, eyebrows raised. He stepped back to let her in, grabbed her hand, and spun her around to face him. “You look stunning.”
“I just thought that the burlap would give it extra protection if I dropped it, and they only seemed to have holiday wine bags in stock and—”
One finger covered her mouth. As his head slowly lowered, she could feel his breath on her face; heat raced through her core. By the time their lips touched, her legs had turned to jello; she clung to him for support.
Gently pushing her toward the wall, he pressed his length against her and whispered, “I need to make you mine, legally, before I lose all control. You have no idea the affect you have on me, do you?”
“I think that is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said breathless. “Kiss me like that again… please?”
“I’d be happy to oblige if you tell me that isn’t my grandmother standing in the doorway watching us.”
Katie looked over to see Antonia, a wide grin on her face, and quickly pushed on the hard chest that pinned her to the wall. She ran a hand through her hair as the blood rushed to her face.
“Oh Nico, such good Italian blood in you. And not even any mistletoe out yet.” Antonia wiped her hands on her apron and waved to the young couple. “Come now, we have work to do before we play.”
The two followed her in like reprimanded children who showed no remorse, holding hands and snickering. This is silly but it feels so good. Katie accepted the apron and as she pulled the straps behind her, strong hands covered hers.
“Let me,” he whispered in her ear. “I’m good at tying knots.”
CAN DANTE DO IT AGAIN?
I received an ARC from the author AUBREY WYNNE, in exchange for an honest opinion. This is Mismousey’s very honest opinion of her book DANTE’S GIFT. Having read one other story written by Ms. Wynne- and that was ROLF’S QUEST included in the LOVE LEAST EXPECTED written by 9 different authors.
Now having read Rolf’s Quest- and gotten a bite of Ms. Wynne’s writing style. I knew that she was a talented author. However- the emotions an descriptions that she brought forth in this story. I was not expecting. Having never been outside of the states-I could see and feel the area , the buildings, aroma right down to the low entry of the building that Nico walked into. Ms. Wynne had me ducking my head as he entered to greet his grandmother. I was even smelling the aroma of herbs that were described.
The detailed of the War2 were so well described. You can tell that the author has done her background work on the war. As for the story of the family is it like it actually happened to her family.
This is a love story – As the book opens we find our young couple at a restaurant. Dom had told Katie that he was going to Italy to bring back his grandmother. He had already asked her to marry him- but instead of saying yes- she said they should wait. She wasn’t sure it would work- she wasn’t sure if his grandmother could live in the same house with her.
Off Dom goes to Italy to bury his aunt- and to bring back grandmother. Where she belongs. Hoping that these 2 omen that he loves the most will learn to love each other.
Nonna tells Katie the story about how her and Ken get to know each other. And how they become a couple during world war 2. She explains about her dog Dante. And how he was always the protector- however he always liked Ken.
Can Nonna and Katie build a relationship together? Can Katie and Dom (Nico) get together? What happened with Dante ? Is he able to bring together another couple?
This is a must read for all!!! Dante’s Gift is a magical romantic read. It takes you back into time. And then brings you forward at the same time. You are able to see everything so clearly. You know that there is someone out there for you if you haven’t found that person yet. Mismousey gives it a firm rating of 70 out of 5 stars.
MAKES SURE TO ADD THIS TO YOUR GOODREADS READING LIST -THEN RUN AND GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!!
About the Author
Award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry, received Best Short Romance in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2013 and her humorous shorts include Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies, also Best Short in P &E 2014 and Top 100 Laugh Out Loud List on Goodreads.
Aubrey’s first love is historical romance and the medieval fantasy Rolf’s Quest, will be released in 2016. Dante’s Gift is also included in the holiday boxset Christmas Pets and Kisses.
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