I found myself unable to put this book down as I was hooked from page one by the romantic and suspenseful storyline. Set in Italy the author really bought the cobbled streets and waterways of Venice to life with her detailed and descriptive narrative, and I felt as though I was there with the main characters. Artist and conservator Gianna Bellini leaves on the first flight to Italy when she gets her dream job in Venice, to restore and complete a century old fresco painting. She develops a relationship with a native Venetian, Sergio Vitale after he rescues her when she trips at a cafe by a canal. Gianna asks Sergio for his help in discovering the unfinished design when she finds a panel of the fresco painting is missing.
The longer Gianna is in Venice the stronger the feelings of familiarity that she’s been experiencing become and she starts to believe that she has been to Venice before but not in her lifetime. When she starts having vivid dreams and hear’s haunting whispers she’s even more convinced that she has a connection to the floating city and to the mystery of the unfinished fresco. Sergio is determined to help Gianna uncover the mystery and wants to ensure that they have a future together. I loved Gianna and Sergio as they were both very likeable and relatable characters. The chemistry between the couple and how their relationship developed was very natural and realistic. The storyline had the right mix of romance and suspense and the plot kept me gripped from start to finish. Although part of a series ‘Moonlit Kiss’ can happily be read as a standalone story and I definitely recommend this engaging read.