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Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him. 

Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong-until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie's life with the news that another woman will be under their roof. 

When Antonia's sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the States. An Italian wartime bride from the 1940s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?

©2015 Aubrey Wynne (P)2017 Aubrey Wynne

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Loved it what a love story haaaaa

What is there not to love about this audio…it is such a wonderful delightful love story that really reaches in grabbing your heart and twisting it. At first I didn’t care too much for Kathleen she almost seemed a snob. Here is a little old lady that just lost her sister, her only family is her grandson who is going to bring her to live with him…how sweet is that. The woman he wants to marry doesn’t cook and works long hours. This little old lady won’t live but a few more years, she is going to cook and all for you. I understand it means less time for just them but the house is not small I am sure they could make this work with a little work. On Kathleen side the granny is old she doesn’t know how much help she will have to give the old lady, can she get around, what is her temperament like and lord all the hugging and kissing etc . I understood where she was coming from but still I didn’t care for her that is until…..

Kathleen’s family isn’t much of a loving family oh they love her no doubt but have always been too busy to give a lot of one on one attention. They aren’t the huggy kisss type. She is the kind of person that lets her action speak for her…who needs words. She really is torn between the quit of not wanting the old lady to come and how she should feel. Once granny steps foot in the USA things take a big turn.

Dominic is torn between the two people he loves most in the world, hoping, praying these two women cannot only get along but live under the same roof. His grandmother has always been there for him, even helped raise him, she has been a rock, there is no way he can turn his back on her, no way he will. What about Kathleen who he has asked to marry him with the answer up in the air. She just can’t live without either of these women but it seems they might not be able to live together or get along…

Mr. Jordan has fast become one of my favorite narrators he brings so much to the story from his many different character voices. He really puts thought into each character and their emotions bring them to life giving them meaning, showing us how they feel with powerful voices that leave you in no doubt how each one is feeling and what they are going through. You can hear the hurt in each character as they learn to deal with each issue at hand. I really enjoyed each of his character voices you always know who is talking he gives each character power and depth and really brings them to life. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words, delivering a delightful smooth clear audio that you get lost in. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. Mr. Jordan’s natural voice is just a wonderful as his character voices. It is a voice you have no trouble listening to as he brings excitement and sorrow to each character that the author writes about. He has me in the palm of his hands from the first minute until the last.

What happens next put a wonderful twist on the story as one woman relives her younger years of the war and a soldier who held her heart. Kathleen gets to see a side of love she never knew was there. Granny is a wonderful story teller she not only had Kathleen but me as well spellbound through each word. We really wanted her to go on but she kept us on hold until the next time where she took up where she left off. Her dog was something I just love him. He didn’t trust soldiers that is all but one. War is never easy but when you fall in love with a soldier, he goes off to fight you never know if he will come home again. The dog plays a big part in this story bring together two people who love with all their hearts.

Just wait until you get to the end, if you haven’t fell in love with Dominic before you will fall head over heels at the end. My heart just melted with both Kathleen and I having tears in our eyes…I do believe Granny had some as well. The plot wonderful, very thought out, entertaining and keeping you hooked. With an audio I only listen to it when I drive or work around the house…I had trouble putting it down, I wanted to keep listening but knew I had some books I had to read as well. There is no way you can read this and not have it be one of your favorite books. I am looking forward to listening to it again in the future. Come take a journey of love, one that will touch your soul and how one little old lady and a dog over came not only the war but doubts giving the best gift of all…a love to last a life time.

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One of the Best!

I fell in love with this story! What a well written book that spans time and cultures. I will definitely be listening to this beautiful story again. I thought the narrator did an outstanding performance with his distinguishable voices for the various characters. Plus, I love his voice. The author wrote such vivid imagery and included so many realistic details that I could picture so much in my mind. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I will definitely be listening to more books by this author and narrator.

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Dante's gift

This book has something for every book lover. It has history. It has some drama. It has passion, and last but certainly not least it is about finding your one and only. Dante's Gift caught my attention from the beginning and is absolutely a must read!

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6 stars!

Dear Santa, for Christmas I would like a Dante of my own. A Dominick wouldn't be bad either if he continues to have Tom Jordan's voice. This is truly a heartwarming story. You get two love stories all in one. I did get teary eyed so beware. Highly recommended!

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Beautiful Love Story

This love story is poignant and has an historical significance. It has familial elements as well as a long term relationship which was in need of some clarification. I listened to this story in one afternoon and didn’t want to stop until I knew the ending.

Since I hate when people write a synopsis of the entire book giving away the story including the conclusion, just know that this is a very well written, heartwarming Christmas story. Highly recommend this book.

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Love is patient

Oh my heart, this was such a wonderful story. At first I thought both characters were selfish expecting things to go their way and I understood Katie's reluctance to say yes to Dominic when he sprung that his grandmother would be coming to live with him. As the story goes on Nonna will show Katie about true love and Dominic about patience. Loved the narrator, nice voice. I received a complimentary audio and I chose to do a voluntary review.

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  • Ginny
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  • 12-04-17

Heartfelt Story

What a wonderful story of true love, the old one and the new one. Dominic and Katie are in love and Dominic hopes she is willing to marry him. Katie does want to marry him but when he broke the news that he was heading to Italy to attend a funeral and bring his grandmother back with him to live, Katie hesitates. Never coming from a family who shows their love, she is not sure how to handle an Italian family who reeks of their effects from one another. So, Katie hesitates, saying she wanted to meet his grandmother and see if they would get along.
Dominic brings his beloved grandmother back to Chicago, where she once lived and Katie gets to know the woman through her story of how she met her husband in her homeland during WW2. Her husband an American. This love story is warm and heartfelt and yes, in the end, it makes you shed a tear or two.

This story is worth the listening too or if you prefer, read it but you will certainly not be disappointed either way. BTW, the narrator did an excellent job!

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Excellent Read

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. This was a great standalone book. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. There was no problem keeping my interest. The story was precious and so sweet. The author created some great characters. The narrator did an excellent job with the male/female characters as well as the accents. He did a great job with the characters' personalities. Looking for more books by Aubrey Wynne and more by Tom Jordan. Have to add him to the narrators I like.

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One love story helps the other.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This story two separate love stories intertwine with one another. The first love story is set in present-day Chicago about Dominic and Kathleen. The other love story is set during World War II in Italy between Dominic's Italian born grandmother and his American soldier grandfather. I've never listened to a love story where one love story is vital to the second.

When the Story begins Dominic is going all out in order to proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kathleen. Their relationship hit a snag when Dominic has to bring his grandmother over from Italy when her sister dies. Kathleen has never had a close-knit family nor does she understand affection so she does not understand why Dominic wants to bring his grandmother over so that she can live with him.

When Dominic first and informs Kathleen about the decision to bring his grandmother over she acts like a petulant child. She is completely unhappy and she does not want anybody ruining her future for her. I can honestly say that I dislike Kathleen when that scene occurred. It did not become better until she finally meets Antonia, Dominic's grandmother. I do understand with Kathleen is coming from because this was unexpected and having somebody in a new house as a married couple is difficult. However the way that she talked about Nonna was unnecessary.

I have to admit that the story between Dominic's grandparents was just simply amazing. The meeting was simple the romance however was not. The romance consisted of love, trust, and just all-around respect. I do believe that is how Dominic wants his relationship with Kathleen to be.

Kathleen and Dominic did balance each other out and when Kathleen decided to stop being so analytical but everything and start thinking with her heart she grew on me. Her upbringing was very sterile and impersonal and she did not get the whole big Italian family and being in each other's business and just generally being happy to be around one another. There were certain moments that she realized that she had a high opinion of herself and took herself down a peg.

Overall this was a wonderful holiday story. This story does start in October and does end in December. Tom Jordan did a wonderful job narrating the story and I believed 100% and what he was saying. I believe the love and the hurt and the joy that he brought to all of the characters. This is the first book from Aubrey Wynne that I have read and it will not be the last.

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Wonderful

This is another novel by Aubrey Wynne that is highly entertaining and has wonderful narration. It is a must read

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  • Yvonne
  • 12-12-17

Not for me

I am sorry this book was not for me and not finished , I don’t want to be negative as someone else will proberbly enjoy