- Series: From Italy with Love (Book 1)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (February 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786811170
- ISBN-13: 978-1786811172
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rome is Where the Heart is: An uplifting romantic read, perfect to escape with (From Italy with Love) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 28, 2017
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The ink is hardly dry on 30 year old Kate’s divorce papers as she heads to Rome for a bit of a break. She shares a taxi into the city with gorgeous Jamie – it’s ok, though, it turns out he is gay so will not be making any moves on her – and they share dinner together. A hiccup that evening sees her drinking too much and falling asleep on the Spanish Steps, but policeman Alessandro soon assists her back to base.
Having her purse lifted out of her handbag at the Colosseum the next day, a sadly common experience for many tourists, she happens upon this rather sexy policeman once again. This of course is not the last time they meet and she soon finds herself in Alessandro’s company at St Peter’s Basilica and much, much more…. As a dab hand at dress making, she is also invited into the bosom of his family to make a few alterations to his sister’s wedding dress, a vexing situation all round. But being in the heart of a typical Italian family, even eating delicious dishes made of lentils (yes, really, they are yummy!), all begin to sow the seed of a possible life in Rome….
Meanwhile things between her and Jamie get sorted and they soon progress to being good friends. A “phew” development as he proves to be good listener and enabler.
But her sisters are concerned that she is in a vulnerable place, so soon after her marriage break up. Anna in particular shows her concern in an overbearing way, it is done out of love of course, but nevertheless is intrusive and stifling. And there is mum who is as needy as any little child. And, so with a family trauma happening out of the blue, she returns to her family, with a heavy but loyal heart, from her wonderfully romantic sojourn in the Eternal City. Her ex husband isn’t making life easy for her either, trying to inveigle himself back into her life; her confidence dwindling, does she have the courage to leave everything she knows behind her in England to start a new life with someone whom she has only known for a week? Can love conquer all? Enjoy the twists and turns of romantic adventures, as exciting as any ride on the back of Alessandro’s Vespa.
I read this around New Year's Eve, 2016, and it was just what I needed to end the year on a positive note. It's such a fluffy, romantic read, it'll give you a cavity. It also had me longing to go back to Italy and explore again all the areas mentioned in the book.
After being left by her husband, Matt on Friday 13th, Kate decides to go to Rome, Italy, for a much needed vacation to get her life back together. On her first day there, she shares a taxi with Jamie, a friendly American (Kate's British), who instantly becomes her best friend (I should also mention he's gay, so he's not a love interest). Also on her first night, she falls asleep, drunk, on the Spanish Steps, and that is how she first meets Alessandro, who is a policeman. She meets him again the next day when she goes to the police station to report the theft of her purse. From there you could say they have a whirl wind romance.
What I loved most was how non-angsty it was. It is as advertised - an uplifting romance. (It should also come with the warning "this book will give you travelitis - read with caution").
*I was given an arc copy via Netgalley from Bookouture. Thank you!