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15 November 2021

Book Review: A Match Made In Venice by Leonie Mack *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of A Match Made In Venice by Leonie Mack ahead of the blog tour.

I had always wanted to go to Venice anyway, but now I am even more desperate to go. And especially in winter.

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Escape to the breath-taking beauty of Venice – The City of Love.

When pragmatic, sensible and resolutely single Deirdre York (Didi to her friends) is sent to Venice for work she is determined not to be taken in by the romantic clichés. Winter in the floating city may be breathtakingly beautiful, but she’s here with a clear purpose and will not let the magic of Venice distract her.

Piero Zanetti is the epitome of the handsome yet tortured artist. Heart-broken by the end of his love affair with a glamorous opera singer, he has lost his ability to work, and his inspiration has drained away, along with his zest for life.

But Didi needs Piero working – she has been tasked with commissioning him to do a glass centrepiece for a luxury department store Christmas display – some how Didi has to cheer Piero up or at least find him a new muse…

As Didi and Piero slowly become friends, and as Venice starts to melt Didi’s heart and gently nudge Piero out of the blues, something special begins to happen. Can Venice – the City of Love – work a Christmas miracle and help Didi and Piero to find their happiness at last…

Leonie Mack is back with the most gloriously romantic escape, perfect for all fans of Mandy Baggot, Jo Thomas and Carole Matthews.

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5 Word Review: Venice, glass, family, love, art.

This was the romantic comedy I needed. A Match Made In Venice by Leonie Mack was wonderfully cheering and perfect for reading as the evenings draw in ever closer. I loved that although it was festive it wasn't too Christmassy, and the magic was all about the setting than the time of year, accentuated with the soft glow of fairy lights.

Didi is a pretty messy character. I did love the inclusion of her diabetes, and how it shaped her as a character, it was always there but it wasn't the sum of her. She was definitely braver than me eating a seafood restaurants with a shellfish allergy though! To be fair, I wouldn't have been able to resist the delicious foods that were described.

Piero is... Also a mess. He's an idealistic and dramatic Romantic, and it makes for drama. And I am here for drama. He's also a bit of a fool and doesn't think things out very much before he acts, which led to some of the sweetest moments of quiet romance, the kind that almost hurt because the swell of love fills you up as you read.

There are so many sweet moments in this book. When Piero installs Didi at the flat in Venice I really loved the way she was forced to take a break and explore. You could feel the tension in her mellow as the story progressed, and both characters opened up wonderfully.

Family dynamics are cleverly explored, and it was great to see resentment soften and families come back together again.

I have to say though that this book made me hungry. It had me contemplating whether the jar of salmon paste in the cupboard would do the trick when all I could think about was baccalà mantecato. Get yourself a nice antipasto spread to enjoy this book with, otherwise you will be left with an empty, sad stomach.

This was perfect, and I will absolutely read more books by Leonie Mack. They're on my auto-buy list now.

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Leonie Mack is an author of romantic comedies with great international locations. Having lived in London for many years her home is now in Germany with her husband and three children. Leonie loves train travel, medieval towns, hiking and happy endings!


  1. Didi sounds like a great character, also interesting to hear she has diabetes and that’s addressed in the story! The cover of this is beautiful - definitely sounds like the perfect read for this time of year.

  2. I really want to visit Venice one day, and I love this review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here x

  3. Oooh the characters genuinely sound so interesting! Venice is absolutely gorgeous too!

  4. I haven’t heard of this before. This sounds really interesting. I like to see what others are reading and motivates me to read more. Thank you for sharing your review!

  5. I've been to Venice and it's a beautiful city, although our trip got spoiled by Ryanair abandoning a whole flight at the airport T_T This book sounds really cute, and definitely like they got the feel of the city down well!


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