"This reporter, during the course of a more-than-two-decade-long journalistic career, has reviewed dozens of books. Not in a Tuscan Villa
may have been the best." - Rick Mellerup, The Sandpaper
"Their 3D vision is not just focused on Italy but turns toward the U.S. and to the history of Italian-Americans, and to America's historical relationship with Italy. I found those chapters of the book to be some of the most interesting, together with the sections that conveyed the husband's experience growing up as a hyphenated Italian." - Italiophile Book Reviews
If you enjoy Italy, or just want to know what it's like to decide to live a year abroad, you'll enjoy this book. And yes, given it's title, it's nothing like all those folks coming to Tuscany and Umbria from Britain or the US, redoing wonderful villas, complete with funny workman. No this is "real" life in Italy, where you stand on line for hours, only to find you're in the wrong line, and maybe the wrong building. Where you have medical emergencies, your pocket picked, etc. But in the end the charm of Italy seduces the authors, as it has so many others. - Doug Ritter, author La Dolce Vita. Not in a Tuscan Villa
took me to Italy without even boarding a plane! John and Nancy Petralia have a crisp, engaging writing style that pulls the reader into the memoir right away. I felt I was there with them as they spent their year in Italy. I could taste the food, drink the wine and view all the behind the scenes sights of a country that is truly fascinating. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has ever dreamed of doing anything that seems unattainable. What a grand adventure this couple is sharing with readers! It's a don't miss book for all. - Margaret Hawke, author, BellehavenThis is a delightful book for many reasons. First, it is well written, every page immersing the reader deep into the experience of two people who had the courage to...do something totally different from their previous experience. There is an exciting sense of adventure, a willingness and sense of humor to accept that everything will not be as you planned, and the ability to change focus (and houses) when reality proves to be below expectations. Lewis Weinstein, author, The Heretic and The Pope's Conspiracy
This is not a fairytale. Or a movie (but it could be). This is a beautiful real life story of a couple who bravely go to Italy for a year to live. And they are not twenty-somethings. They're on the other side of 50 and their adventure while romantic in planning and imagining, is not all gondolas and sunsets. But there is that too...The Petralia's are a loving couple devoted to one another and that love comes across on every page. I was right there, tasting the food, drinking the wine, walking the cobblestone streets, meeting their new friends, with them. Nanci E. Lagarenne, author Cheap Fish
About the Author
John and Nancy Petralia are a retired couple still looking for adventures. They recently moved to Fort Myers, Florida, a city they hope to love as much as Parma.
They blog about Italy and books at NotInATuscanVilla.com. Visit the book's Facebook page. facebook.com/NotInATuscanVilla.