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Dolci di Love: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, March 29, 2011
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As we expected, we sold a lot of books on the day, but what we hadn't expected was the huge sales since then. Everyone has been coming in buying copies on their friends' recommendations and some customers are going out with up to six copies to give away to friends who need a cheer up.
It's the perfect antidote to a bad day. Love, humour, baking and beautiful, beautiful Tuscan setting - there's so much to love about this tender, comic novel and the only downside is realising you are just going to HAVE to go to Tuscany yourself.
She books a flight to Tuscany, rents a car and reserves a hotel room and heads off to Tuscany to hunt down her cheating husband. But when she gets there, she meets 2 old arthritic sisters who take her under their wing, and unbeknownst to her, are founders of a secret league of Italian widows who orchestrate love matches. She meets her husband's love child, his mistress and finally comes face to face with her husband.
The secret league of matchmaking widows provide some wonderfully humorous moments. Their conniving antics when they first try to force seemingly innocent meetings between Lily and Alessandro, the widower, and then later, discovering who Lily really is, trying to orchestrate a reconciliation, provide comedic situations.
Woven through the comedy though, is the very real pain of a woman who seeks to fill a haunting hole in her life.
A feel-good book that is perfect for a lazy day.
How does she manage to have a fling with an Italian guy, then get pregnant after having 5 miscarriages? Then she gets back with her cheating husband and they raise the baby together in the same small village at the Italian father? Seriously?! On top of that, she turns out to be this amazing baker?
This book was really a waste, good thing I borrowed from the library.
The realization that her husband has another family is, of course, devastating to Lily, but the part that spoke to me more was the realization that she had lost herself. Lily, like myself, suffers from infertility. The loss of children and the loss of motherhood is too much for Lily to bear. She has thrown herself into her work, and all of her relationships suffer for it. Sarah-Kate Lynch admits that she has not had her own fertility issues, but somehow she captured the pain of it so well that I would believe her if she changed her tune.
Fertility is not the main issue of Dolci di Love-all the ways that women lose themselves is the main conflict. Lily took her life back in Tuscany (with a little help from some very wise, meddling friends), but Dolci di Love made me feel like women can take their lives back anywhere, anytime. All we need is a little help from our friends and a reality check about how when we put ourselves first everything else falls into place.
I found it a very interesting notion that a happy family could be made from such a happenstance. Though I won't reveal any spoilers, I do think the amount of forgiveness involved might be beyond the capabilities of most people. Still, I got a big kick out of this book, improbable as much of it was. Excellent humor trumps believability... in this case, anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a charming trip to Italy taking you away to small Italian villages filled with what Italians do best. Read morePublished 3 months ago by annette deitz
Having been recently to Tuscany it was such a believeable story... There are many times when we past a group of 'older woman' secretly chattering in the street... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sue Whale
I love every Sarah-Kate Lynch book that I have read. So very entertainingPublished 13 months ago by Chardaye
Sara Kate Lynch is an excellent writer. The book keeps wanting you to always get to the next page. Excellent readPublished 17 months ago by Jean O'Donnell
Dolci di Love by Sarah-Kate Lynch is an improbable, unlikely love story, yet quirky, charming and entertaining too. It makes for a great summer read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by 2LZ
I quickly fell in love with this book and all the characters, especially the Italian sisters! I could see them come to life in my mind's eye! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eliana Martinez
Wonderful read. The characters and plot had a wonderful, unexpected twist. Not the normal, long term plot that usually occurs.Published 20 months ago by melissa longoria