Dante's Gift is a wonderfully poignant holiday romantic tale that intertwines two love stories: the present day story of Katie and Dominic set in Chicago, with the historical story of Dominic's grandparent's Antonia and Ken set in Italy during WWII.
Author Aubrey Wynne weaves a lovely romantic tale that transports the reader to present day Chicago where Katie struggles to commit to her relationship with boyfriend Dominic, who is ready to propose to her. When Dominic brings his grandmother Antonia from Italy to live to with him in Chicago, Katie is charmed by Dominic's sweet Nonna when she recounts how she met and fell in love with her young American soldier in WWII Italy, and about a lovable collie named Dante.
I loved reading this enchanting holiday romance story, the intertwining of the past with the present easily keeps the reader engaged as both love stories unfold. There is something about holiday romance stories that tugs at my heart and stirs my soul, so as I read Antonia and Ken's wartime love story, I couldn't help but smile as I imagined the lovely elderly Italian lady telling it to an unsure young American woman on the cusp of her own true love story. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the addition and role that the lovable collie Dante played in the story, it was an added sweetness that simply left a smile on my face.
Dante's Gift is a beautifully written holiday themed romance story about true love and all that it encompasses.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Dante's Gift won Best Romance Novella in the Golden Quill Awards sponsored by the Desert Rose RWA chapter. It was also a nominee for the 2016 Romance Reviews Readers Choice Award.