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Not in a Tuscan Villa: During a year in Italy, a New Jersey couple discovers the true Dolce Vita when they trade rose-colored glasses for 3Ds Paperback – August 28, 2013
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"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
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, Bellehaven
This 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
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.
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