Sue Roberts comes to the blog today with a contemporary romance title
My Very Italian Holiday
A bit of a mistaken identity as the story starts and continues in the Lake District for a significant amount of time, the story is actually all about discovering new possibilities in life and love after a loss. Gina and her sister run a bed and breakfast in the Lake district, not quite the original plan, but Gina’s husband died a couple of years back, and she followed through with their dream anyway, hoping it would help her through her grief and loss.
Fabio comes and stays at the B & B while visiting his uncle. This Italian is everything special: charming, handsome and even flirtatious, and there are certainly pushes to Gina, mostly from her sister, to explore a romance with him. She’s mostly content with her life as it is: she has friends and they go out on girls’ night to local pubs with ‘theme nights’ that are cute and clever, and she’s got serious support and help (as well as humor) from friends, her sister and the multiple guests that appear regularly – things are good. But still, the lure of Fabio is undeniable.
Now this is where I found most of my issues with the story – not only that it was not in Italy at first, and when things moved over it wasn’t really about Italy – sure it was a solidly clever story, and it was engaging in many ways – but to expect a woman to leave her successful business, one that was her dream, with barely a thought of the ‘what next’ for my B & B. I think it was more that this book was nothing like I expected from either the title or the blurb, and that the disconnect between the two, and the great descriptions and moments in the Lake District far outshone the moments in Italy.
Title: My Very Italian Holiday
Author: Sue Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Setting: Britain, Setting: Italy
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 1 August, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A beautiful guesthouse, a fresh start and a hunky Italian. Does it sound too good to be true?
When Gina arrives in Lake Como, thousands of miles away from her life in the Lake District, she wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Working for Fabio, running his lakeside hotel, seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After her world was tragically turned upside down, breaking her heart in the process, she was in desperate need of a fresh start. Plus, it didn’t hurt that Fabio was easy on the eyes…
But it’s not all picturesque mountains, pizza and prosecco. The crumbling guesthouse that Fabio has inherited from his family needs some serious TLC. Is she up to the challenge?
As Gina and Fabio work in close quarters, sparks start to fly. But Fabio has a secret he is scared to share, and Gina has her past to come to terms with. Does her heart belong back home or is a life in the sun – with a very handsome Italian – just the change of scenery she needs?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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