Heidi Manelli, a bright, lively Anglo-Italian, arrives in Italy on a mission. A letter given to her on her 21st birthday has revealed that her real name is Soleari and she has family living in Bologna. Orphaned, she is unsure how her estranged relatives will receive her.
The story opens with Heidi outside the Soleari villa. There she encounters her second cousin, the quietly charismatic yet aloof Stefano, who is suspicious of her sudden appearance and disinclined to believe who she is. After pleading from her aunt, Heidi reluctantly agrees to stay at the villa, where she swiftly discovers more mysteries, and danger.
She turns to Stefano for help, but will he do so? What is his relationship with his family? What does he want from her? Is their developing relationship a holiday romance, or something deeper?
Is her holiday in Bologna going to change her life forever?
Holiday in Bologna is a light romantic novella - if you like Italian settings, you may also like my full-length romantic suspense title Voices in the Dark (Bologna again, plus Milan, Venice and Florence), now reissued as an ebook at Amazon and Smashwords.
Bookstrand Publishing 2009
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This is charming bit of Italian holiday!! Great for a holiday read or anytime you want a nice quick, sweet romance with good characters and a bit of intrigue. Will Heidi stay in Bologna or return to England? Will she fall for the charmer or the serious brother? Take a holiday visit and find out – you won’t be sorry you did!
Long and Short Reviews:
Ms. Townsend has a wonderful way with words that makes her story a joy to read. The romance is a “good balance between fruitiness and woodiness”, (more than once I couldn’t help uttering a delighted “awww” ). Reading Holiday in Bologna is almost like receiving a gentle breeze in a warm summer day. It is a charming little read.
This book is full of twists and turns as the reader tries to figure out just who is telling the truth and who is the real villain. This is a delightful short afternoon read. The romance is sweet and very tasteful. The plot of the story is very well laid out creating a delightful romantic mystery.
There is a lot packed into this 90-page book. The passion is understated and tasteful. The plot is well laid out. Holiday in Bologna is a smart, romantic mystery. It is a delight to read. Enjoy!