Book Review: Dreaming Of Venice


Find love, friendship and prosecco – in the magical city of Venice

Life is tough for Penny. A dead end job in a London café, a boyfriend in Australia (what could go wrong?) and an art career going nowhere. But then Penny is approached with an extraordinary proposition.

It isn’t going to be easy but, if she can pull it off, she will turn her life around and at long last see the fulfilment of her dream – to visit Venice. And, just maybe, find true happiness with the handsome man of her dreams.


Firstly, the front over is very inspiring. Of a mystery girl looking at the new island she has just arrived at. Absolutely love it.

The main character Penny Lane (like the Beatles song, yay) is an artist working in a cafe after ghetto girls her degrees to try to help guide her in her art career. I think I read this novel at a good time as I am personally taking up drawing during the period I was reading this novel. I loved that she is struggling to meet ends meet as it has made her appreciate every single penny she makes and will not do anything she does not want to. Her long-distance boyfriend though – what an ass. Seriously I would murder him if I where her, what he did was outright disrespectful.

When Caroline introduces herself it becomes clear that Penny is about to embark on an exciting adventure, who says dreams don’t come true? I begin to get excited as I am reading / going on the adventure with Penny.

With a new look and new job on the horizon it seems like she may be able to go to Venice at last. A whole new life out of the blue, all at once. I loved the friendships she develops. From new ones to old. Jimmy for example and his jokes, the banter between them is fun to watch. I love how into her art she is as well.

By the time the trip to Venice is coming up. The real Olivia has learned how to cook, loved regular clothes and started to come out of her shell more.

All three women found their happy evert after due to love at first sight. Something I do not believe truly exists in real life however each to their own as I found this story so cute.

4/5 Stars


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