An uplifting romantic read, perfect to escape with (From Italy with Love Book 1)
Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …
When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.
What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.
Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …
Fall in love with the colourful cafes and the cobbled piazzas of Rome and follow Kate’s dreams and her heart in this enchanting escapist read. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carol Matthews.
My Review – 5 stars
What an absolute gem of a book. A lovely feel-good story.
Kate’s husband Matt dumps her after being together since school…..on friday the 13th too! After a few months of moping around her sisters encourage her to get out and about. Kate is the middle child, with Anna 2 years older and Lily 2 years younger than her. Kate has a boring clerk job at Mr Woofy, a pet supply warehouse. Her hobby is dressmaking, and she makes lots for herself. And some fab ones for her sisters too.
She feels like she needs a holiday, and promptly books up one up to Italy. The story follows Kate’s holiday to Rome. Her first trip as a solo traveller after her marriage break-up. Her sisters are understandably concerned that she’s going on her own, but she tells them she’s a ‘grown woman’ and off she goes.
Once she’s through arrivals she looks for a taxi. She ends up sharing one with Jamie, who saves her from an unscrupulous looking taxi driver who was touting for business.
She hits it off with Jamie on the half hour trip to her hotel. Jamie is an American, living in New York. He works in advertising for a multinational company and travels all over the world. His hotel is only a couple of blocks from Kate’s and they agree to meet up again and swap phone numbers. In fact they meet up that evening for dinner. Jamie has visited Rome many times and knows lots of lovely eateries that are off the tourist trail.
She also encounters an Italian policeman, Alessandro, through a series of incidents including getting pickpocketed. The chemistry between them is very sweet and clear to see.
The story weaves beautifully around these 3 characters taking in the sights of Rome, Alessandro’s family and incidents with Jamie. The city was so well described I felt I was there too.
When it’s time to go home what will Kate do?
The characters were really likeable and had good depth. There are some touching and emotional scenes, both in Rome and with her family in Manchester.
It took me away from the grey British winter days perfectly and I even searched the internet for Rome webcams, finding the landmarks written about in the story. The Spanish Steps look fab, and watching people throwing coins in The Trevi Fountain.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in return for an honest review.
Publication date 9th March 2017
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