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One Summer Day in Rome: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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“Absolutely enchanting, an ode to all the semi-magical towns and vibrant cities in the world where fate is decided. Love has many faces―and Mark Lamprell knows them all. This is a book for those willing to travel the road of love from the beginning, across the long middle, to the end, over and over again. (And, by the way: you will discover the secret places of Rome in every chapter!)”
―Nina George, author of New York Times bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop
“You'll fall in love with its cast of characters faster than they fall in love themselves (and that's saying something).” ―Bustle
“A delightful tour of Roman sites, both hidden and well known, and a breezy summer romance that follows the escapades of three couples representing different aspects of love.” ―Library Journal
“Perfect for the beach.” ―Woman's Day
“A sparkly Roman romance.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Brimming with wit and charm (and gelato), One Summer Day in Rome is the most delicious novel you will read this summer.” ―BookBub
“This is most definitely a beach-worthy summer read…” ―Travelling Book Junkie
About the Author
Mark Lamprell works in film and television. He co-wrote the film Babe: Pig in the City. Mark has traveled to Rome for many years. His first novel was The Full Ridiculous.
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The Lovers’ Guide to Rome is the second novel by Australian screenwriter and author, Mark Lamprell. Instructed by her Fine Arts Professor to do something “voosh” on her vacation, nineteen-year-old Alice goes to Rome. The plan is to meet her (very non-voosh) boyfriend, twenty-nine year-old lawyer Daniel in Florence the next day: they will shop for an engagement ring. But Rome, the Eternal City, the city that welcomes lovers, has other plans for Alice...
Megan and Alec Schack are on a mission: they have a day to track down an artisan who will make Megan’s latest project complete. And maybe they can rekindle a bit of the romance they found in Rome on their honeymoon, almost twenty years earlier, if they can just stop arguing with each other for long enough.
Constance is taking her beloved husband, Henry back to Rome, back to the Ponte Sant’Angelo, where they first met. His sister Lizzie has come along, too, to witness her brother’s ashes being scattered into the River Tiber, as he decreed in his will. But being in Rome brings back other memories for Constance, and doubts about their grand love emerge.
The City of Rome is also a star in this story: its tourist attractions, both well-known and obscure, its romantically-named streets and its stylish residents. It is actually the spirit of the city itself who narrates this tale, and, as the story moves around the city, gives the reader plenty of interesting historical tidbits, often delivered in a wry tone. Even the little vignettes describing the incidental characters (drivers, doctors, concierges etc) are amusing.
There is plenty of action in this madcap romp through Rome: a car accident and subsequent ambulance trip, a mugging, a daring visit to a gypsy camp, a crazy motorino ride down the famous Spanish Steps (as shown on the brilliant cover of the Allen & Unwin edition), trespass into a cemetery, quite a bit of getting lost, and a bout of dysentery.
Lamprell gives the reader appealingly flawed characters, snappy dialogue that includes a good helping of witty banter between them, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and even a few thoughtful ones as he explores grief, jealousy, love at first sight, and insecurity. Lamprell’s first book was a fun read, but this one is even better. Perhaps not a book to be read in public as readers will find it difficult not to snicker, giggle and erupt with laughter. Very entertaining!
With thanks to Allen&Unwin and TheReadingRoom for this copy to read and review.
As an art student in New York City, Alice can't help but feeling like she doesn't measure up to her family of overachievers. She travels to Rome for a little inspiration and the hope she can talk herself into settling down with her perfectly nice but boring fiance. Sisters-in-law, Constance and Lizzie fly to Rome to scatter the ashes of Constance's husband, George. Meg flies to Rome with a special blue tile and has brought along her husband Alec so they can find someone to create more of the tiles to decorate their mansion in California. Alec isn't exactly thrilled to be on the journey nor is he happy in his marriage. This is a story of how love can bring people together in unexpected ways.
First of all, I loved that Rome was the location of the story since it was a refreshing change from the usual love stories I have read that take place in Paris. As you are reading, it feels like you are getting a tour and history of Rome with the vivid descriptions. I really enjoyed the stories of Alice and August, and Constance and Lizzie. My least favorite part of the book was the Alec and Meg storyline. They were both a little too self-involved for my taste.
I received a free copy of this book from Flatiron Books but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinions.
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