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- Publisher : Hodder Paperbacks (August 8, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473682959
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473682955
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.94 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,782,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yes, some of these characters are horrible, self-centered and hopelessly unpleasant. But they are well-drawn and make the generous Innocenti family who befriend Kathy all the nobler and engaging, right down to impish practical joker Manu and their little flatulent dog that never misses a chance to nab a meat treat!
This was the first novel I've read by this talented author but it definitely won't be the last.
I read a complimentary advance copy of the book provided through NetGalley; this is my voluntary and honest review.
From the moment the wedding is mentioned Neil has been like a bear with a sore head about it and his children are annoyed that they have to attend. Things don’t get any easier for Kathy from issues on the journey to the hotel, Neil’s constant moaning and needing the air-con on Arctic blast setting, the teenagers wanting everything their way and then, of course, needing new bridesmaid dresses and Kathy’s shoes just happen to go with the new dress leaving her with flip-flops for the big day.
If the first two days were bad, the worse was to come when Neil not only proposes at his brother’s wedding. But the next morning there has been a mix-up and Kathy isn’t on the flight home with the family. Neil orders her to stay at the airport and wait for another flight, but when you have been in love with Florence all your life and you are given three days alone, what else would you do then make the most of your time.
Three Days in Florence is a fun book featuring an amazing young woman, Kathy Courage – I love her name. Kathy and Neil have been together for a long time but she never expected him to propose, especially when she’d been having doubts about the relationship for a while. I’m not surprised she was having doubts, I’d of kicked him to the kerb a long time ago with his constant me, me, me attitude. He uses Kathy like a doormat and what is with the ‘Chicken Licken’ he calls her when he knows she doesn’t like the name. Grrrr.
The book takes a while to get to Kathy being alone, but once she has her freedom and time to explore the story comes alive. I’ve never been to Italy, but it sounds so beautiful and there is so much to see, the descriptions were so vivid it often felt like I was were there. There are some lovely people in Florence that show Kathy what true friendship means.
This is the perfect book for lounging by the pool with or reading on the beach. Even better if you are holidaying in Florence, what an amazing way to make the book come alive that reading it in the city it is set.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
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From the moment they arrive nothing goes quite too plan and there's always something for Neil and his daughters Sophie and Amelie to moan about, with Kathy taking the brunt of it, but least his son Oscar is happy so long as he's got his phone for company. If Kathy had hoped that Tuscany would work its magic on the family then it looks like she might be waiting a long time! Missing out on a shopping trip Kathy finally gets some time to herself and can relax and explore her surroundings before the group and the mayhem continues.
If the first two days of the trip didn't turn out as planned, then Kathy is in for an even bigger surprise. But it looks like there might be an angel on her side after all as a mix-up with the flights means that Kathy has been booked onto a flight 3 days later than the rest of the family. Neil orders her to stay at the airport and try and make alternative arrangements but when nothing is forthcoming she decides to make the most of her time and perhaps spend the next 3 days on her own exploring Florence.
It was at this point that I was cheering Kathy on, for getting the courage 'pun intended' to do something for herself instead of trying to please everyone else in particular Neil who she's always adapting her plans to do whatever suits him. This trip to Florence turns out to a journey of self-discovery, a chance to take some much needed time out for herself and the perfect opportunity to think about what she really wants her future to look like.
It's also when the story comes alive for me as even though Kathy experiences something that would be every tourists dread, it's also when a chance encounter introduces her to a wonderful family who welcome her with open arms. She finally has the freedom to be herself and explore the place that has always had a special place in her heart.
I've never been to Italy but yet through the vivid descriptions of the sights and sounds that Kathy encounters, and the tantalising foods that she gets to taste, Chrissie Manby really has made Florence come to life and as a reader it felt like I was experiencing everything through Kathy's eyes. It truly sounds like a magical place to visit, not just the tourist hotspots, but also the streets off the beaten track.
If you're looking for a feel-good read this Summer then make sure to add Three Days in Florence to your reading list and you won't be disappointed, with its gorgeous setting and characters that you'll fall in love with, well most of them, what more could you ask for.
This story is beautifully written, and its perfect pace had me flicking the pages, as did the thoroughly engaging plot. I loved that the story was set mainly in Florence and that the backdrop to the story had an authentic Tuscan flavour. Oh to be to a guest in the Casa Innocenti and be cared for by its wonderful owners!
A special mention should go to this author’s skills in character development: each player in this tale has a distinct and unforgettable personality, and it’s amazing how she makes the reader feel as if there are real, live people between those pages. I loved Kathy, the protagonist, and although I wanted to have a word in her ear at times I rooted for her from the first page to the last. She’s a flawed character but has warmth, loyalty and compassion (too much for her own good on many occasions) so I really wanted the story to end well for her. I won’t divulge whether it did, or not, suffice to say that I closed the book more than satisfied. And oh my goodness, Chrissie Manby certainly knows how write men to fall in love with, and those to whom you would give a wide berth – I’m talking about you Neil! As for Neil’s children, let’s just say that I wouldn’t to spend too much time in their company. This author also does a great line in funny. That Italian cook: wow, how I chuckled at his antics!
Rich in detail, with gorgeous descriptions, this is a novel in which to lose yourself. Three Days in Florence has the feelgood factor but has also depth and honesty at its core. I closed this book with a smile on my face; if you read it I reckon you will too.