Title : Ten Days in Tuscany
Men of the Zodiac novel
Author: Annie Seaton
Date Published: April 14, 2015
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Gia Carelli waits tables in her small Tuscan village, dreaming of a life in which her overbearing family allows her to move to Florence to pursue art. Everyone expects her to marry a nice local boy and raise a horde of bambini, but when a gorgeous, wealthy stranger visits, Gia wonders if maybe her stars are about to change.
Nic Baldini has returned to his Tuscan Villa for a much-needed break from the responsibilities of his powerful family. Struck by local artist Gia Carelli’s raw talent and passion, he finds himself wanting to help her…and lies about his identity in order to gain her trust. But as their patron-protegée relationship is quickly eclipsed by desire, Nic realizes that one tiny lie could cost him the woman he’s falling for.
Gia Carelli is the youngest daughter of a traditional Italian family and Nic Baldini, son and heir of the Baldini Enterprises. And while it seems that they are worlds apart, they share one passion, art and the frustration of not being able to express themselves with it.
Gia dreams of one day living in Florence and being able to produce art. But her overbearing family don’t believe in her and thinks that she should just find a husband and have a lot of children. She feels that they are always stomping on her dreams and her self-confidence.
While Gia is trying to run away from her art, Nic, on the other hand, is trying to find his way back to it and he is spending ten days in Gia’s little Tuscan village to find out if art is really for him or if he should just return to the hectic life of their wealthy family business. Meeting Gia, he hides who he really is because he is afraid to be loved only for his money. And in this way their paths cross.
Ten Days in Tuscany is part of the Men of the Zodiac Series. Seaton’s characters, Gia and Nic are okay, but notable to me are the supporting characters who provided enough conflict for the couple. The supporting characters were able to highlight Gia’s frustrations with her family and Nic’s desire to find his calling.
I only have two concerns with the book. One, I found Gia’s language a bit confusing. I couldn’t see if she was talking in English or talking in Italian (of course, translated into English) because I felt that most of the way she spoke sounded more like a foreigner speaking English rather than an Italian speaking in conversational Italian. Second, I also felt that she should have asked Nic for an explanation what he has done. It may be true love, but its only fair that she demands some explanation from him. It would also have made for a great character development on her end, since she’s all about asserting herself and knowing her true worth. And she worth telling the truth to.
In the end, Ten Days in Tuscany is a good read. Set in the backdrop of a small Italian town, it is about learning your true worth, having the courage to find your own path and discovering love at the same time.
Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by romance and has found her niche writing contemporary romance.
Her debut novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence imprint. The sequel Italian Affair was published Spring 2013, followed quickly by Outback Affair,Dangerous Desire and Hot Rock which is a rock star hot romance. Tangling with the CEO and Brushing off the Boss are the first two books in the Half Moon Bay series. Book 3 Guarding His Heartwill be released in April 2015.
Annie also publishes anthologies featuring other authors.