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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Eight poignant short stories are set in the small town of Treviso, in northern Italy, near Venice. The author describes this charming town as being beautiful, with a high quality of life. It is filled with ancient buildings and surrounded by a medieval wall. In a similar manner, the stories are delightful, filled with ancient wisdom and faith. In I’ve Seen You: A Collection of Short Stories, written by Luca Favaro, the stories are inspirational and thought-provoking. Beginning with the musings of a healthcare worker sharing stories of his elderly patients and their wise perspectives on life, each story is touching. The themes of love and service to others and deep faith are interwoven throughout each one. While there are many references to the Catholic religion, many insights are related to God and are available to anyone who believes in a Higher Power. One of the last stories is focused on the power of forgiveness; it is moving, and perhaps the most unforgettable story in the entire collection.
The author is a highly skilled and creative writer as he is able to describe characters and settings in a small amount of text. Although the setting is a small town in Italy, each story has a unique focus and message; no two are alike. Author Luca Favaro has crafted an impressive compilation of interesting works in I’ve Seen You: A Collection of Short Stories. The reader is engaged from the introductory section until the last story, I’ve Seen You. This lovely book is truly enriching!