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The Florentine Bridge

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help he ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 19th 2016 by Harlequin MIRA
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mia Moretti is a young Australian artist and for the last nine months she's been fighting the greatest battle of her life. Her struggle with cancer has taken its toll on Mia physically and mentally. Sadly, her love for painting had taken a back seat since her sickness and now that she was feeling better she thought the desire to paint again would return, but it hasn't.

When an opportunity comes Mia's way to travel to another country she decides this might be exactly what she needs to get her back
Absolutely exceptional! Breathtaking; beautiful; heartbreaking and outstanding!

When Mia Moretti arrived in Florence, she was unsure of her feelings. Her confidence was at an all-time low, but she was in remission – had been for nine months. She loved her parents back in Melbourne, Australia, but had felt the need to recover her old self on her own. The apartment she was to share with Stella was a two storey wonder of architecture – the friends who surrounded Stella immediately included Mia into
Dale Harcombe
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.
Though nineteen year old Australia Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months, it has not stopped the fears that haunt her days and nights. Fear of the cancer returning has taken such a hold on her that she can no longer paint. When an opportunity arises to travel to Tuscany she jumps at the chance, hoping it will get her life and art back on track. Her parents understandably worry, but let her go knowing this is something she needs to do. In Tuscany Mia meets more th
Natasha Lester
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to read this book as a manuscript and I was absolutely transported to Tuscany and I did not want to leave! Such a gorgeous love story, interwoven with a story of art, of finding and trusting oneself, and of learning to live life. Vanessa obviously knows Italy very well and it all comes to life in the book: the language, the landscape, the art and the atmosphere. A story and a set of characters that will stay with you long after you reluctantly have to leave them and Tuscany behi ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Debut Australian author Vanessa Carnevale bursts onto the writing scene with her stunning contemporary romance novel, The Florentine Bridge. Set against the magnificent locale of Florence, Italy and surrounds, it is a gentle story that explores one inspiring young Australian woman’s passage to overcome illness, self doubt and find love.

Nineteen year old Mia is a promising artist, who hails from Melbourne, Australia. Mia has recently overcome a battle with cancer. Trying to find meaning in her li
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your ideal novel is one that is painted with vivid descriptions, and accompanied by a beautiful, emotion-filled love story, then this one's for you.

The Florentine Bridge is the debut novel from Australian author Vanessa Carnevale, is a captivating love story set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Tuscan skies of Italy.

Nineteen-year-old artist Mia, has packed her bags and paintbrushes to start afresh in a small village on the outskirts of Florence. Thousands of miles away from her family ba
Deborah Ideiosepius
A very pretty romance that appealed to me, though it is a genera I rarely visit.

A gentle, light, story that follows a young Australian woman on her journey as she rediscovers life, her sense of self and her art. Mia had been on track to become an artist back home (Australia), with an acceptance to a renowned art course, a portfolio, friends and family. Then came Hodgkins lymphoma to turn her life around. Sick after the chemo and shattered by her fears of death Mia travels across the world to red
Bookworm Extraordinaire
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -- Made me cry stars!

-- Exceptionally written.
-- Well paced (I read it from cover to cover in @4 hours).
-- Breathtaking setting.
-- Beautiful, romantic, emotional, and heartbreaking plot.
-- Amazing characters.
-- Satisfying ending.

-- Very "insta love"
-- Because I am greedy and was enjoying this book so much, I wish we would have gotten an epilogue. It would have been nice to see what the future looked like for this couple. Especially Luca.

**ARC Via NetGalley**
Eros Bittersweet
May 09, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(I've posted this review to Netgalley in exchange for an ARC. Apologies if you see it twice).

I thought this was going to be a fun women's fiction adjacent story of a woman finding herself - and an HEA - through a visit to Tuscany. I knew, thanks to the book's description, that a plot element of the book would be the heroine's past struggle with cancer. If the novel had been a frothy confection, filled with descriptions of panzanella, romance on the Ponte Vecchio, background Italian characters w
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the most sweetest and saddest love story I've ever read. I was in bed sick with the flu but I still read this in two sittings as once I picked it up it was awfully hard to put down and then only because I was too ill to continue and needed sleep. I loved Mia and Luca's instant connection and their love story was most intriguing. The vivid description of Florence and the Amalfi Coast was breathtaking, it took me back to when I visited Italy 32 years ago - loving and exploring Lake Garda, ...more
Alli Sinclair
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This breathtaking debut novel is one that will stay with me for a long time. Set in one of the most beautiful regions of the world, Carnevale takes readers on an emotional, cultural and scenic journey into the world of Mia and Luca. Mia’s struggle touched my heart and Luca’s support and encouragement made me fall in love with him, just like Mia did. I adored this novel and I cannot wait to read Vanessa Carnevale’s next book. For a wonderful escape into beautiful Florence, I highly recommend this ...more
Marie McLean
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I was quite surprised at the effect it had on me.
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a wonderful story. One oozing with young love, healing, hope and emotion so beautifully described and descriptively written. I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday read which was set in Italy telling the story of a young artist fleeing Australia struggling to recover from cancer. An amazing story of girl meets boy who fall madly in love and so much more.
I highly recommend this book.
This is much more than a contemporary romance, it is a poignant, emotive story of learning to live and love again after experiencing life-threatening illness or injury.

Australian Mia Moretti is in remission – again – but fears the return of cancer, again. She’s always dreamed of becoming an artist but her ability to paint is also affected by her fears. She travels to Italy in the hope of being inspired to paint again and make a fresh start. On her first day in her new home she meets Luca Bonnici
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I don't prioritise reading nearly enough, and rarely get to the end of books... The Florentine Bridge is the first book I have read in its entirity for a few years, and every moment spent reading it was mesmerising. The Florentine Bridge is the perfect book to pick up on a weekend or holiday, when you want to disappear to another place, the world of other people falling in love in a beautiful space. At times it felt a little like I was spying on the lives of two young lovers, a littl ...more
Theresa Smith
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Part romance and part coming of age, The Florentine Bridge delights right from the start. Vanessa Carnevale has an easy writing style that sweeps you up and immerses you, not only into the lives of her characters, but into the surrounds and the setting of the story as well. It was a real treat to get such a vivid sense of Tuscany through Mia's tourist gaze and I particularly appreciated the more anecdotal references and local conviviality sprinkled throughout.
The true highlight for me with this
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale is a beautiful but some-what tragic story set in Florence, Italy.

Mia Moretti is a young Australian artist who travels to Italy in hope of a new life.

On arrival in Florence, Mia falls in love with her new surroundings, the artistic feel of Florence and the Tuscan countryside.

Mia cooks Tuscan cuisine and rediscovers herself through art. She is inspired to get out her watercolours once again to paint and capture the Italian landscape.

It is here where she s
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I want to learn to paint and travel to Italy!

Vanessa has written an emotionally engaging and evocative tale of romance and self-discovery. The vivid descriptions of Italy and painting drew me in and the slow burn romance kept me turning pages. I really connected with Mia - I felt like I got right inside her head. And Luca **swoon** I could listen to him talk all day long.

A fabulous debut from Vanessa - I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Four and a half stars

The Florentine Bridge is the debut novel from Australian author Vanessa Carnevale. Set against a gorgeous Tuscan backdrop, it is truly a captivating love story. If you are in the mood for curling up and being transported to Italy, whilst witnessing a very emotional love story, then this is the book for you.

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Rating: 3,5*
I like the story but not the "insta love" thing between MC (Luca and Mia). They fell in love after after just two days after their first meeting and this was unrealistic. In the other half of book story became better and I sobed at some parts.
If you love Italy, art, culture and Italian people, this book is just for you!
Susan Murphy
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautiful book. It took me a while to read it from the time I first bought it, just because I was extremely busy with University studies, but as soon as I started, it was the kind of story I didn't want to end. I've already bought the authors new book to start straight away! ...more
Kirsty Dummin
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely, heartwarming and romantic read. I smiled most of the way through, with a few tears for good measure.
Srivalli Rekha
3.5 Stars
Mia Moretti travels from Melbourne to Florence to heal from the psychological and emotional scars left by a life-threatening condition. She also wants to get back her art and paint again.
She meets a local mechanic, Luca, who sweeps her away across the country, making her smile, help her face her fears, and paint again. But when a tragedy strikes them, can they let love keep them together, or will it tear them apart?
I picked the book for its setting more than anything else. The story s
Stacey Houllis
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely a beautiful writing story very emotional at times.
Mia Morretti a young Australian girl who is remission from cancer travels to Tuscany to overcome her fears and to see if she can paint again after not able to paint during her treatment.
She goes to live with Stella and gets a job working as nanny for Clara a mother of twins boys and is also an art dealer who commissions artists work.
Luca is young Mechanic who is partners with Stella's boyfriend Poalo when Mia meets him , she st
Grace Ann
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Please if you are going to read this get some tissues ready. Melts your heart and makes you realise what you have an dhow life can be so cruel. Loved reading this book, can't believe it's all over.. Definitely recommend. ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book- lovely storyline and characters against a gorgeous Italian backdrop
Sonia Bellhouse
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tender love story benefits from being set in Tuscany, where artist Mia is recovering from cancer when she meets Luca a charismatic Italian mechanic .Mia is battling her fears of the illness returning and wanting to rekindle her joy in painting. Luca and Florence both provide her with inspiration.
It was easy to feel an affinity to Mia with her choice of Botticelli as a favourite painter. Mia notices that one of my own favourite paintings Botticelli's The Birth of Venus embodies" The driving
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent this book by the author for an honest review*

Thanks so much to author Vanessa Carnevale for reaching out – I was absolutely captivated by this book and by Mia.

This is such a beautiful story. Set in Italy, we join Mia after she has just kicked cancers ass and is in need of a fresh start.

This book is full of emotion and Carnevale has crafted a main character that is so vibrant and so thoughtful that you can’t help but like her. Her male counterpart Luca is as delightful as she is and e
Kirsten Constantinous
Amazing book, couldn't put it down! ...more
Leanne Francis
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The chemistry between Luca and Mia leaps off the page. They fall in love amongst the most romantic backdrop of the rolling Tuscan countryside and narrow alleys of Florence. Their love story is at times heart-wrenching and so all-encompassing that it is impossible to not shed a tear. Loved it!

Thanks to NetGalley for a review copy.
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Vanessa Carnevale is an Australian author of women's fiction. She is also the host of Your Beautiful Writing Life retreats held in Tuscany and Australia.

Vanessa loves to travel, and spent several years living in Florence, Italy, a place she considers her second home. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

Her previous novels, THE MEMORIES OF US and THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE are publi

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