Dante's Gift (A Chicago Christmas)

Dante's Gift (A Chicago Christmas)

4.8 11
by Aubrey Wynne
     
 

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.

Overview

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. A wartime bride from the ‘40s, 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940152697087
Publisher:
Aubrey Wynne
Publication date:
11/09/2015
Series:
A Chicago Christmas
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
398,988
File size:
508 KB

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Dante's Gift (A Chicago Christmas) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by author Aubrey Wynne but won’t be my last. This was a wonderful story that was well written with a good story line that really kept your interest. The only problem is I need a sequel, I want to know the next chapter in their lives. It’s about a Kathleen James (Katie) who is from a well-to-do family brought up more by servants than her family. She doesn’t know what it’s like to be with a loving family and sharing special family time. She has a great boyfriend, Ken Lawrence, who has been brought up completely different. He was brought up in a very loving family who after losing his parents at a young age was brought up by his grandmother, Nonna. When Ken brings his Nonna back to American, she tells Katie of the love story between her and her husband and their collie Dante. This helps Katie realize what she really wants is life and helps Ken with his own love story. A wonderful story for the upcoming Holiday season.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely story. A young man, Dominic has been planning his proposal down to the minute details for months. When the time comes, he botches the execution, and not in a cute/funny way. He precedes the moment by telling Kate that his great aunt died and he wants his grandmother to move in with him. Kate, instead of taking it in stride, decides that she needs time to figure out if she can deal with his grandmother being in the house, so she puts off answering his proposal. The grandmother comes and shares her story of meeting her true love with the hope to inspire the couple to take that next step. At first, I didn't like Kate. I didn't like her reaction to Dominic's news. If grandma needs help, you help grandma. I thought her self-centered reasons were unwarranted, especially when she had never met the woman. She was basing her feelings on stereotypes and family members from the other side of the family. Dominic was kind in being patient to wait for her answer. While were some good moments between the couple, I would have liked to see more interaction between the two to see why they loved each other. The best part of the story was the WWII romance. It was well woven into the story and had good segues into the storytelling. I felt more connection with Antonia and Ken than I did Dom and Katie. Dante was a cute dog and I loved his reactions to the soldier. Antonia is a darling lady. I'm not much for war stories, but this one really squeezes your heart and will have you tearing up at the special moments. I received an advanced copy from the author for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dante' Gift is a story about finding your true love. Aubrey Wynne does an outstanding job of telling two love stories. The first love story is current and the second being told in the present about falling in love with a soldier during WWII. Aubrey's writing has you feeling as if you are with the characters in Italy during the war. This book has something for every reader. 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!
evna777 More than 1 year ago
DANTE'S GIFT is probably one of the story that touches your heart in the closest possible way. I started falling in love with this book somewhere along this story, probably when Nico went to Benevento, Italy. The beautiful scene felt like straight out of the movie and I can't help but feel that I'm in a dream. This is a really beautiful story. It gives you warm, fuzzy feeling that makes you believe that love can strive through the hardest time. At first, when I started this book, I feel a tad bit upset that Katie rejected Nico's proposal. I was thinking like why did she do that? But as I gain insight of Katie's childhood I began to understand the way she reacted into some situation. Katie was a kind of woman who have to think through of a situation, but she was a good person. And Dominic was truly perfect for her. I have yet to find a guy like him in the future. He was everything you might want (as a woman). He was understanding and compassionate. His flaw made him even more perfect. They were a perfect blend of each other. And not to mention Dominic's grandmother, Antonio. She was one of the most exceptional character I've ever read. She had her own hardship and her special love story. Her love story was one of the most wholeheart romance that I ever read and it's truly heartwarming. Dante was a collie that was crucial in bringing Antonio and her husband together. I love how Ms. Aubrey put him there. She put a new perspective of wartime. It was not completely darkness. It could be light. I don't like war, but it gave the two hearts a chance to meet each other. There are no words that can accurately describe this book. It is timeless and endless. If you love inspirational romance or any romance book, this is a perfect gift for you. You can give this to your beloved ones and friends. I really recommend this.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Dante's Gift is a wonderfully poignant holiday romantic tale that intertwines two love stories: the present day story of Katie and Dominic set in Chicago, with the historical story of Dominic's grandparent's Antonia and Ken set in Italy during WWII. Author Aubrey Wynne weaves a lovely romantic tale that transports the reader to present day Chicago where Katie struggles to commit to her relationship with boyfriend Dominic, who is ready to propose to her. When Dominic brings his grandmother Antonia from Italy to live to with him in Chicago, Katie is charmed by Dominic's sweet Nonna when she recounts how she met and fell in love with her young American soldier in WWII Italy, and about a lovable collie named Dante. I loved reading this enchanting holiday romance story, the intertwining of the past with the present easily keeps the reader engaged as both love stories unfold. There is something about holiday romance stories that tugs at my heart and stirs my soul, so as I read Antonia and Ken's wartime love story, I couldn't help but smile as I imagined the lovely elderly Italian lady telling it to an unsure young American woman on the cusp of her own true love story. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the addition and role that the lovable collie Dante played in the story, it was an added sweetness that simply left a smile on my face. Dante's Gift is a beautifully written holiday themed romance story about true love and all that it encompasses. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
DANTE'S GIFT was such a sweet, nostalgic, story! There were flashbacks from Dominic's grandmother to when she first fell in love, lovely moments of food and family, sweet moments between Dominic and Kathleen, friendship, and a memorable happily-ever-after ending. The characters were likeable (even Kathleen who I wanted to shake a little since she's so afraid of making the leap) and created some laughs and some romantic sighs. I loved Kathleen's friend who livened things up. I also loved the way the dog played a role. An enjoyable story from beginning to end and an author that I will definitely be following. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not affect my review in any way.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) Katie is ready for an engagement ring from her Italian boyfriend and is thrown for a loop when he announces that he's going to Italy for his great-aunt's funeral and to bring his Nonna (grandma) home. It's not just that we share a name, but I could kind of relate to Katie's feelings on the matter. She wasn't close to her parents growing up and Dominic has a very tight relationship with his Nonna. The fear of not being good enough, being replaced, and being placed in a situation she knows nothing about is very prominent. I feel a little squiggly when placed in those unknown situations too. Antonia (Nonna) is nothing like what Kate expects. It's through her own love story, set in WWII, that Katie really comes to know and understand her. I'll always have a tender place in my heart for stories that take place during WWII, since my grandpa served in the war and it was shortly after when all of my grandparents met and fell in love. I loved those tender moments of learning both history and life lessons, and the parallels between both Antonia's and Katie's stories is very charming. Content: some mild language; mild romance and some innuendo. Clean! *I received a copy through ebooks for review in exchange for an honest review*
momisreading More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful Christmas story! Really, it’s two love stories in one. Just before Dominic proposes to Katie, he tells her that he is inviting his Nonna to live with him. Katie’s not sure how she feels about another woman living with them, and needs time to think. Dominic hopes that meeting Nonna will help alleviate Katie’s worries. It made sense that Katie would have concerns, but her reaction seemed way over the top. Fleeing and completely breaking down when you find out? Really? And so many of the possible problems she listed were based on stereotypes. I did think it was good for her to come to terms with Nonna living there before accepting Dom’s proposal. If she couldn’t, she wasn’t the right girl for Dom! I really admired his love for Nonna. When he heard she would be alone, his decision to invite her into his home was immediate. What a great grandson! I absolutely loved Nonna!! What a sweet love story she and Ken had. Their story was my favorite part of the book! I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
NHP More than 1 year ago
Dante’s Gift by Aubrey Wynne is a generational love story. In contemporary times Katie and Dom have issues to solve before they become engaged. One of them involves Dom’s grandmother, who resides in Italy. Katie has grown up an only child in a cold environment. Dom comes from a large family background, creating one of their differences. He wants to bring his grandmother to Chicago to live, and Katie’s not sure if she agrees. The story unfolds with Dom asking Katie to marry him. She’s in the restaurant bathroom, talking to herself then a girlfriend. She’s unsure what to do. This was the only problem I had with the story. A man has pulled out all the stops to ask his girl to marry him, and she’s fretting about his grandmother in the bathroom. Sure, I understand there would be issues, but I don’t know the couple. I wish I had seen them in happier times and got to know them before this scene. It took a while to warm up to Katie. After the story unfolds, a reader can’t help getting swept up in the grandmother’s story. She is a WWII bride, meeting a U.S. soldier in Italy. Ms. Wynne is at her best when she writes historical fiction. She sets the stage, having done her research. I don’t want to give much away, but hearing the grandmother’s story can change a questioning heart. Dom is the boyfriend everyone wishes for, patient and understanding, wanting to make things better. He treats his grandmother with kindness and respect. I have a feeling if Katie said no to the proposal, grandma would still end up living in Chicago. And who is Dante? A dog, of course. He plays a large part in the story and will bring a tear to your eye. Dante’s Gift is a short read, great for those evening hours.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Aubrey Wynne and I really enjoyed it. This is a sweet story which comprises of two pairs of lovers and I love how Aubrey brings us back to the time during the World War 2 where the young Italian Antonia falls in love with an American soldier i.e. Dom's grandfather. And I really love how Dante, the collie brought the pair of lovers together. And not forgetting the story of Dom and Katie. This is a really beautiful love story that will touch everyone's heart and brings tears to your eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aubrey mixes the present with the past in this book and actually seems to take you with her. The story starts in Chicago with lovers Dominic and Katie, and the descriptions of the city are beautifully done.Dominic has been planning his proposal down to the minute details for months but, when the time comes, he screws, and not in a cute or funny way. He starts by telling Kate that his great aunt died and he wants his grandmother to move in with him. Kate, decides that she needs time to figure out if she can deal with his grandmother being in the house, so she puts off answering his proposal. The grandmother comes and shares her story of meeting her true love with the hope to inspire the couple to take that next step. The part of the story I liked the best was the WWII romance. It was well woven into the story and had good segues into the storytelling. I felt more connection with Antonia and Ken than I did Dominic and Katie. Dante was a cute dog and I loved his reactions to the soldier. I'm not much for war stories, but this one really gets your heart and had me tearing up at the special moments. I loved how Dante had the ring box attached to his collar. I truly loved this book!!!! This is a must read book!!!!