Ashley Coratini is bucking her family, and the odds, by embracing the chance to pursue a dream. During a three-week trip to Florence, Italy, she’s determined to immerse herself in the world of art and to explore the gifts God has given her.Widower Luca DeRosa owns and operates a premiere art gallery at the heart of Florence. He’s just over a year away from turning forty, but doesn’t mind the milestone. He enjoys a life spent raising his five-year-old son and scouting artistic talent. When he comes upon Ashley, he’s captivated by her artistic skills and fluid grace, and he sees to it that Ashley’s dreams take off at high velocity.But as love blooms, questions mount. Will Ashley embrace her gifts and a life in Italy that’s worlds different than the one waiting at home in America? Can Luca trust his heart and instincts enough to embrace the love of a vibrant young woman whose spirit speaks to him so deeply? What comes next when the dreams they dare to dream really might come true…?
Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create.
Her Christian fiction debut, Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Forgiveness earned a covered 4.5-Star, Top Pick review from Romantic Times Magazine. Hearts Communion earned a win for Best Romance from the Christian Small Publisher's Association. She is also a two-time recipient of the Selah Award for her books Then & Now and Finding Home.
Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.
Connect with Marianne at: www.marianneevans.com
O a dream I once had. I wanted to go to school for arts but my parents did not allow it. I kinda felt like Ashley. What a dream come true for Ashley to get to go to Florence Italy for 3 weeks to do what she always dreamed. God gave her a wonderful gift now she can put it to work. God is working her life a lot as soon as she gets there she meets a man who owns his own gallery. Luca DeRosa is amazed by her talent. He introduces himself and encourages her to follow her dreams. Luca is now a widow and is raising his son. How will Ashley feel about a man of his age and also having a child? Luca has finally realized he is ready for a relationship. He is ready to love again. But can both Ashley and Luca's dreams come true?
Marianne writes great books. Her books are always so heart warming. Her characters are well written.