By Aubrey Wynne
City Owl Press
Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him.
Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.
When Antonia’s sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the states. An Italian wartime bride from the ‘40s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?
Bestselling and 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.
My review – [rating=4]
A lovely read, Dante’s Gift has two love stories intermingled. The main story is the present day romance of Dominic and Katie, in Chicago. The background story of the romance of Dominic’s grandparents is sent in Italy during World War II.
While Katie struggles to make a commitment to Dominic after her brings his grandmother, Antonia, to stay with him, the story of his grandparents – an American soldier and an Italian girl falling in love and a special collie named Dante, is told to her by Antonia.
The common factor is two women struggling to overcome their fears and surrender their hearts to the two men who win them over with love, understanding, patience and the help of a wise dog!
Disclosure: I received an e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.