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I think my only big unresolved question was why R. mother's past wasn't fully exposed/elaborated on, but I do think that wasn't a big thing as far as the story went. It just didn't complete the Mother's character and background as to why she behaved as severely as she did.
Marcello was a wonderful character too. It was sweet how gentlemanly he acted, even while wondering how things would work out for Renatta and their engagement. It loved he wasn't a villain, but was a viable option in Renatta's future.
The unfolding of her memory, (have no idea if it was medically accurate), but loved it. The bits and pieces, her hope, confusion, her peace when it finally happened, was well done. Also, her dreams, the journals, the peace she felt as Antonio was so kind and patient and tried to help her patiently wait for it to happen, in the least stressful way possible, all the while creating new memories for her to cherish.
Loved all the surprises as it unfolded, and of course her very tender feelings for the man she chooses at the end!
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.
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.
As an avid reader I found myself easily captivated at how Swinton takes what could be a tedious and sometimes sentimental subject and turns it into a delightfully balanced narrative of how charm, intrigue, romance, mystery and family dynamics can quickly become a well-rounded novel that makes you wish you could experience Italy and the characters long after the final page is turned. This book was a pleasurable read with unexpected twists and turns which made it apparent that a lot of exploration went into making this novel one of the best I’ve read!
~The Book Stalker Reviewed
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