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Renatta's amnesia made for interesting, if not especially original, conflict in the story. Her memory lost created a unique dynamic in her relationships with other characters, especially her family. I liked seeing what changed--and what remained the same--in those relationships, given that she had no memory of the past.
The story has a typical love triangle, but what felt atypical was that neither love interest was a clear "no." Antonio and Marcello were both adorable, and even though I was pretty sure who Renatta would end up with--it is a romance, after all--I felt like she could go either way and still be pretty happy.
I think one of the strengths of this story were the secondary characters. I loved Chiara! I would be really interested to read more about all of Renatta's siblings, actually. Speaking of family...Renatta's mother is a horrible human being. I loved to hate her throughout the story. She was almost unbelievably cruel at times. Are people really that heartless? She made me so angry! Even though I had a hard time believing the mother's character, I was really pleased with how Renatta's family issues were resolved in the story. I won't give the ending away, but let's just say I have a feeling the author has been heavily influenced by Jane Austen's works.
I did think the dialogue was stilted in places. The characters spoke like Italians speaking English, in that stilted way people who haven't grown up with the language often speak. On the one hand it helped keep me immersed in the setting, but on the other hand it grew very distracting. I had trouble with the multiple viewpoints in a single scene as well, but overall this was a solid effort by a first-time author and definitely worth a read. I'm eager to watch her writing progress over time (and I'm sure it will), and can't wait to read her next release. I'm so happy to have another clean romance author I can recommend to fellow readers!
3.5 stars raised to 4. I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Adorable Italian accents. Check!
Like The Vow, only better. Double check!
Antonio is a deep, introspective guy. Renatta is the perfect patient, and Antonio is the doting "volunteer." Too bad Renatta's family is messed up and controlling. Secrets roll out, and Antonio's chances to hold on to his love-at-first-sight seem ever more hopeless.
Antonio is like a wise old save. He constantly quips great one-liners.
The writing unfolds so beautifully, I feel like I stepped into a well-crafted dream. I love how Renatta's name wasn't reveled to her until halfway through the novel. It made such a significant impact on who she was and how the reader sees her. Brilliant!
A lovable read for those wanting to watch the innocence of love blossom and to remember again what it felt like to fall in love.
Antonio is a sweet, likeable guy who doesn't quite believe in the love-at-first-site story his mom tells of her relationship with his father. That is, until he sees a beautiful gelato-slurping woman across the street. Alas, however, they are not to meet yet as she promptly gets struck by a motorcycle, is whisked off to the hospital, and wakes up not knowing who she (or anyone else) is. Luckily, Antonio is there to describe what her lovely face looked like before the accident to a police sketch artist, which helps to locate her family. Also lucky for her, Antonio commits to volunteering for her care and rehabilitation.
He has an ulterior motive, however, and that is to see if she will fall in love with him as he has fallen for her, before her family intervenes and takes her back to her posh life. As her memory returns, Renatta finds that she is not the same person she was before the accident and she is not willing to blindly follow all that her mother has decided for her future, including marriage to the rich and handsome Marcello.
I enjoyed the depth of the characters that Swinton created in this story. Although one would like to mistrust playboy Stefano, dislike pushy Marcello, and hate Renatta's controlling mother, Swinton has made them complex enough to show their likeable, or at least vulnerable, sides.
The setting and interspersed Italian words made me long to visit Milan; I could almost taste the gelato that Renatta so enjoyed throughout the story. I'd recommend this sweet story to anyone who likes romance and yearns for love to triumph over expediency.