by Pepper Espinoza

June 2006
ISBN: 1-59279-564-1
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Anthony has always loved Christine, but as the old saying states ‘if you love someone you have to let them go’. Anthony did exactly that – he let commitment shy Christine walk out of his life. He never forgot her. He never stopped loving her.

Finding himself in Florence on business, Anthony bumps into Christine by accident. He knows for the sake of his heart he should walk away, but emotions are never logical. Tumbling into bed, they rekindle their passion. As their time together grows shorter, Anthony discovers a secret about Christine that promises to turn both their worlds upside down…

The Streets of Florence is an extremely poignant tale. Only forty one pages for the whole book, the story reflects upon the difficulties and joys of love. Christine and Anthony mirror each others loneliness in every scene. Passion is what makes this love affair believable, and there is plenty of hurried, frantic passion. Pepper Espinoza brings to the fore front the idea that you might not be able to live with someone, but you also cannot live without them.

The setting is emotive and highly evocative. The romantic streets of Florence, which the author describes with perfection, from the vibrancy to there colorfulness, is captured on paper. The Streets of Florence is an almost tragic love story that transcends age and distance. Although it is beautifully written, this reader failed to grasp the overall purpose of the short story and, in fact, found the ending to be a bit on the depressing side, even though the final scene was a happy one.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Donna.

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