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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296756
  • ASIN: B0058M64QE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After New York executive Lily Turner discovers a photo of a beautiful woman and two children, clearly taken in Italy, she realizes that her husband, Daniel, has a secret second family. The blow is doubly painful since Lily and Daniel are childless. In a drunken impulse, Lily tracks Daniel via Internet to the Tuscan village of Montevedova and books a ticket. After a few comical moments of culture shock, Lily finds accommodation above a bakery run by two elderly sisters. Unbeknownst to Lily, the bakery harbors the Secret League of Widowed Darners. Originally founded as a sewing circle in the 1940s, the band of lively widows quickly discovered that mending broken hearts was much more useful (and more fun) than mending socks. Lily becomes their new project: perfect, they decide, for wealthy, handsome widower Alessandro. Sparks fly, but Lily's feelings for Daniel are still unresolved when a chance meeting with Daniel's precocious six-year-old daughter complicates things: Lily falls in love with the little girl. She's also in love with the bakery and Tuscany by the time she finds Daniel. Although there are no huge plot surprises, Lynch's (House of Daughters) Tuscany is lovingly rendered and populated with characters whose vitality is contagious in this perfect combo of travel and romance . (May)
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About the Author

Sarah-Kate Ly nch lives par t of the year on the wild west coast of New Zealand but travels as often as she can to the vineyards of Champagne, the streets of New York, and the hilltop towns of Tuscany.

More About the Author

Sarah-Kate Lynch ran away from home when she was three to find her favourite ice cream store and has pretty much been doing the same thing ever since although now she writes about finding it, or not. Her novels savour Irish cheese, French champagne, Italian cookies and New York City honey, among other things - not the least of them being love and friendship. She lives some of the time on the wild west coast of New Zealand with her husband, the Ginger, and her dog, Ted. The rest of the time she trots the globe writing travel stories for Woman's Day magazine. You can visit her website at www.sarah-katelynch.com or go to Sarah-Kate Lynch - Writer on Facebook for more.

Customer Reviews

Nice, easy read for summer.
Mary from Novi
Cliched characters, typical verging on boring descriptions of Tuscany.
Shamundiswari
The book came in great shape and was a page turner.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Spary on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I buy the books for a tiny bookshop in Arrowtown, New Zealand. We had a launch for this book a month ago and the author, Sarah-Kate Lynch was so funny and thought-provoking that the Q and A session went on FAR longer than we had planned.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on April 4, 2011
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I read it in one day -- loved loved it! I spent two and a half years living in a tiny town in southern Italy while my husband served in the air force... what a stitch --- it brought back so many memories to me.. now that I am much much older, I am seeing myself at the 'old guard of the town.... Sarah-Kate managed to capture my youth and my present at the very same time. If you have spent any time in Italy, this will bring smiles to your face. It is a keeper and I will re-read many many times.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Steffes on April 19, 2011
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I loved this book!! It was a very quick read that has inspired me to plan a trip to Italy. The widows had me laughing out loud numerous times. What a delightful read! I cannot recommend it enough!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lim on April 16, 2011
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For any woman who has wanted desperately to have children only to find themselves unfathomably able to successfully bear even one, finding a photograph of your husband and a woman with 2 children who bear a similarity to him would surely be devastating. That's what Lily, career corporate woman extraordinaire had to face one morning in her husband's golf shoe.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Woolsey on September 13, 2011
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This book started off so well, I was really intrigued by the main character and the interaction with her husband and her sister, but once she got settled with the old ladies in Italy everything just went downhill. The character starts to devolve, the plot got a little predictable and the ending was really terrible.

SPOILER**

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JWillie on September 10, 2011
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I enjoyed the authors note (at the end) more than the book. This book had such potential and I was disappointed that I was not "transported" to Tuscany. The characters are unbelievable in their reactions to life. If you like Hallmark TV movies, you will like this book. Definitely a light read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shamundiswari on May 30, 2013
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An utterly insipid story of yet another American woman falling in love in Italy. Repressed professional woman flees marital troubles only to be saved by an Italian romeo and therein rediscovers herself. Cliched characters, typical verging on boring descriptions of Tuscany. Is it me or does every American seem to believe that Italy = Tuscany (Prada, Armani, Ferragamo and those of its ilk)? While I tried to give this book and writer a chance, this book is like chalk (even chalk has a use!). Tasteless and contrived, the plot is formulaic and likely based on countless American-Italy romances already published. A note to authors and would be writers, for goodness sake, make an actual effort to explore the country you choose to write about! Enough of romanticizing Tuscany, flesh out a story before inflicting such nonsense on readers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clamairy on June 18, 2011
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I laughed quite a lot reading Dolci di Love. I did find some of the dialogue out of synch with the age & locale of the several of the characters who were supposed to be speaking, but it didn't negatively impact my enjoyment of the book as a whole. I also surrendered to the improbability that so many Italian nonnas in their 80s & 90s would have a secret match-making network, complete with cellphones, and I just went with the whole shebang. I fell in love with the author's breezy sense of humor. I'd read anything by Sarah-Kate Lynch again in a heartbeat, though I think she'd be better off picking locales that suit her offbeat urban style of writing.

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.
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