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Oye … I so wanted to love this novel but it was so hard to keep finding the good points. In truth, I find this novel more adapt to a sort-of “real life” situation that you could get, if the odds were stacked against the couple like they were for Giovanni & Valentina. I felt for them, I really did. Being a mother myself, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to bond with a child who you thought was yours than to find out your actual child was with another family. I would be devastated even if you get your own child back, I agree with Valentina that I would love both children and feel like they were both my own. Therefore, what Giovanni & Valentina do to counteract the bad circumstance is help one another co-parent the babies to help them overcome the situation. It’s a wonderful idea and because each are single parents, it brought them closer together too.
I liked how their relationship grew and flourished. In addition, I appreciated how this novel was a sweet romance in a very PG-way so Valentina didn’t feel like she was compromising her morals (as she had before when conceiving her son) while her romance blossomed with Giovanni. They really were a great partnership.
Now while I might get some grief about my next comment it still holds true, I would have given this novel a higher scoring if Giovanni’s ex-wife (and mother to his son) didn’t have a change of heart. I know I’m bad in thinking that/feeling that way but there is no way around it. I am happy with how it played out on a moral level, like if I heard about this in real life and the mother changed her mind I would be rooting for her like crazy. Yet, in a story like this you, at times, feel like you are the heroine and because of that it was hard to be like Valentina (who encouraged the relationship between the ex-wife and baby) as I would probably be jealous of the other mother feeling like she was taking away my son (even though he wasn’t mine by blood). But this is why I feel that its plot has a realistic-ish feel.
Nevertheless, I DO recommend this novel to those looking for a sweet Italian romance!
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
-- read more of this review and A TEASER on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
Giovanni is a recently divorced billionaire who has fallen in love with his new son, Vito. He is determined to make changes in his life and become the father he wants to be, unlike the failure he feels as a husband. He is puzzled about how two dark haired parents could have a blond baby, but chalks it up to an unknown ancestor.
Both Valentina and Giovanni are shocked to discover that their babies had accidentally been switched. Naturally, each wants their own child, but the thought of giving up the children they'd come to love is heartbreaking. When the babies have trouble adjusting to their new living arrangements, Giovanni comes up with a most unusual solution! He suggests that Valentina and Vito move in with him and Ric until such time as the babies adjust to their proper parent.
I liked Giovanni a lot. He is used to coming up with new ideas, and this one feels right to him. I really liked the fact that he didn't try to force the solution on Valentina, but made the suggestion and let her think about it. I felt a bit sorry for him because of the guilt he felt over the end of his marriage. He had gone into it with the best intentions, but they were all wrong for each other. It was really sweet to see how he bonded with the baby.
Valentina feels foolish for getting involved with the man who fathered her baby. She has always felt like she doesn't measure up to her two brothers, and this only aggravated the feeling. I thought that she had a lot of inner strength, which really showed when she decided to follow up on her feeling that something wasn't quite right. I ached for her when she found out what happened and that she would have to give up the baby she'd grown to love.
From the minute that Valentina and Giovanni met they were drawn to each other. Living together to take care of the babies brought them closer together, but each was hesitant to get involved. Valentina wasn't sure she could trust her judgment and Giovanni's marriage failure had him doubting his ability to succeed at another attempt. I loved seeing them get to know each other and discover how much they had in common. There was also a chemistry between them that neither one could deny. They were also sensitive to each other's fears. It was great to see how Valentina encouraged Giovanni to talk to his ex about the baby. I also loved that Giovanni understood Valentina's need for independence and supported her pursuit of it. The interference that came from his ex's father provided Giovanni with just the motivation he needed to pursue his own dream. I also liked the way that Valentina faced her own fears, enabling her to go after what she really wanted. The ending was very romantic and just right for the two of them and their children.
I loved the Italian setting. The wonderful descriptions of the land, the towns, and the various sights made me feel as though I was there. I really enjoyed seeing things through Valentina's eyes, and how much pleasure Giovanni got from her enjoyment.
I liked Valentina's brother Rini and how supportive he was of her. Even when he didn't approve, he agreed that she had the right to her own decisions. I was expecting a bit more conflict between him ad Giovanni because of their businesses, but that didn't happen. I am looking forward to Rini's story. However, the conflict between Giovanni and his ex's father was pretty intense. I didn't like him at all, and thoroughly enjoyed Giovanni's actions at the end.
Disclosure: eARC provided in exchange for an honest review