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Love in Venice: A Triumph of Romance & Joy

Date: 3rd October 2023, Posted by mollie

Dear readers,

I hope you enjoy this article, which shares how placing third in the prestigious Koru Awards for my novella Love in Venice was a triumph of love and joy.

Welcome, dear reader, to a tale of love, passion, and an incredible journey to success. Today, we celebrate the extraordinary achievement of Mollie Mathews, whose book, Love in Venice, has won the prestigious third prize in The New Zealand Romance Writers 2023 Koru Awards. Join us as we delve into the joyous world of Mollie’s captivating novel and explore the inspiration behind her remarkable success.

A Journey of Love and Inspiration

Mollie Mathews, a master storyteller, has enchanted readers with her romantic narratives for years. Love in Venice is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering passion for crafting tales that touch the heart and soul. Set against the backdrop of the enchanting city of Venice, this novel weaves a captivating story of love, self-discovery, and the power of following one’s heart.

The Power of Love

Love in Venice is more than just a love story; it is a celebration of the transformative power of love in all its forms. Mollie brings her characters to life with depth and authenticity, allowing readers to connect with their emotions, hopes, and dreams. Through the pages of her book, she reminds us that love has the ability to heal, inspire, and bring immense joy into our lives.

The Koru Awards: A Celebration of Romance

The New Zealand Romance Writers Koru Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to the world of romance literature. Mollie’s third prize win in 2023 is a testament to her exceptional storytelling skills and her ability to create narratives that resonate deeply with readers.

Embracing the Joy of Recognition

For Mollie Mathews, the joy of winning third prize in the Koru Awards is unparalleled. It is a testament to her dedication, hard work, and unyielding belief in her craft. This recognition not only validates her talent but also serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring writers around the world. Mollie’s success reminds us that with passion, perseverance, and a touch of magic, dreams can indeed become a reality.

The Inspiration Behind Love in Venice

Every author has their own unique source of inspiration, and Mollie Mathews is no exception. Love in Venice was born out of her personal experiences, her love for travel, and her deep appreciation for the power of love and self-discovery. Venice, with its picturesque canals, stunning architecture, and rich history, provided the perfect backdrop for Mollie to weave her enchanting tale.

Captivating Hearts and Minds

Love in Venice captivates readers from the very first page, transporting them to the romantic and magical world of this Italian city. Mollie’s vivid descriptions and evocative prose bring the ambiance and charm of Venice to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the story and experience the emotions alongside the characters.

A Message of Hope and Empowerment

Beyond the captivating love story, Love in Venice carries a powerful message of hope and empowerment. Mollie’s characters navigate their own personal journeys, overcoming challenges, embracing their true selves, and finding the courage to follow their dreams. Through their experiences, readers are reminded of their own inner strength and the limitless possibilities that lie within their reach.

The Legacy of Love in Venice

With its third-prize win in The New Zealand Romance Writers Koru Awards, Love in Venice has etched its place in the literary world. Mollie’s novel will forever be remembered as a captivating tale that touched the hearts of readers, inspiring them to believe in the power of love, to embrace their own journeys, and to find joy in the pursuit of their dreams.


Mollie Mathews’ triumph with Love in Venice in The New Zealand Romance Writers 2023 Koru Awards is a testament to her exceptional storytelling abilities and her unwavering passion for crafting tales of love and empowerment. Through her captivating novel, Mollie reminds us of the transformative power of love, the joy of following our hearts, and the limitless potential that resides within each of us. As we celebrate her success, let us be inspired to embrace our own stories, to chase our dreams, and to create a world filled with love and joy.

Love in Venice with Testimonial

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Dear friends, I wanted to share a chapter from my new romance, Love in Venice, with you. I’ve just finished narrating the audio version of this beautiful story and am waiting for it to go live on Kobo, Apple, Amazon and other retailers. Plus, libraries too.

Sometimes you just need to listen to a beautiful story with an endearing heroine and a plot that’s a nice break from reality. My new feel-good full-length novel offers precisely that. The storyline follows two strangers, Maggie and Mauro, who meet in Venice when fate throws them together. Misfortune transforms into life-saving and life-changing love-infused magic.

Reader reviews

I loved this story!

“I loved this story! Love In Venice leans toward the heart. Where love is the main character. Where you cheer for their relationship to flourish.”

~ Jan Z.

a warmly romantic story

“Love In Venice is a warmly romantic story. I loved that their hearts seemed to speak to each other almost from their first meeting. I love that we get to see how their lives unfold and their beautiful love for each other. The story has a wonderful flow and beautiful and vivid descriptions. I could envision myself in Venice – seeing the canal, the cobblestoned streets, the architecture and more.  Ms Mathews is an author whose books I enjoy. She always transports me to someplace new with a cast of characters I grow to love.  Give her books a try if you haven’t already!”

~ JoAnne W.

a beautiful romantic love story

Maggie is a workaholic, who has has traveled to Venice for vacation. Upon her arrival she’s robbed by gypsies, left with nothing, and then Mauro comes to her rescue. A beautiful romantic love story, with vivid characters, incredible world-building, and about finding love when you least expect it; really who could ask for more. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Highly recommended.

If you love feel-good, sensual contemporary romances set in beautiful love-infused settings, then you’ll love Maggie and Mauro’s story!

P.S. Fans of Sarah Morgan and Danielle Steel will love this feel-good romance!

Inspired to read this sensuous love story. Grab your copy today!

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