In Kathy Gates’ Italian romance novella, Juliet’s Journey, we meet Juliet Carlsen as she is about to become a volunteer in an art school in the tiny village of Baiardo. Juliet has recently suffered the loss of her mother. Serene surroundings, a warm welcome and the attentions of a handsome local named Luca help her come to terms with her loss. Then someone from her past shows up and turns everything on its head. Juliet finds herself caught in the middle of a battle for the soul of the place that has won her heart.
“Lovely travel story with a juicy romance inside of it.” Amazon Reviewer
“A Sunday morning lie-in this morning and I found myself in Italy!” Amazon Reviewer
“…a compact romance novella set in northwestern Italy, that is a very entertaining short read. There is some humor, some mystery, some secrets, some romance, and lots of Italian flavor in the beautiful and realistic Italian setting.” Italophile Book Reviews
The inspiration for this Italian romance novella was a two week stay in the village of Baiardo where Kathy worked as a volunteer at cultural association called A.C.L.E. It is a tranquil place in the mountains above San Remo. The art school served as the inspiration for the Centro d’Arte is actually in Tuscany, in a pretty, walled town called Casole d’Elsa. And yes, Kathy did a volunteer stint there as well. The school is called Centro D’Arte Verrocchio and holds classes throughout summer each year.