Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to finding love, there’s no place like Rome...
Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo.
All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material.
With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?
Review: This title is Book 2 in the From Italy With Love series, following on from Book 1: Rome is Where the Heart Is. I very much enjoyed the first in the series, and had high hopes for this new book. I certainly wasn't disappointed - the story was every bit as good and another triumph for Tilly Tennant. The storyline had me hooked from page one, and I finished the book in quick time.
It is always hard not to give any spoilers when dealing with a sequel, but I'll do my best. As in the first part, the story revolves around Kate, who is living the dream in Rome with her policeman boyfriend Alessandro. She is working hard to gain acceptance from his family, and at the same time trying to find some gainful employment. There are also other obstacles to overcome, and she misses her family at home in England, but she seems to remain happy despite all that.
It was really enjoyable watching as Kate built up a relationship with Alessandro's, at times, disapproving family. However, a close friend of the family is not at all easy to deal with, and is responsible for a sinister turn in the plot. Kate's desire to make a living from her talents as a seamstress is proving a difficult one to fulfil, but I felt a little disappointed in her decision to look elsewhere for employment rather than trying a little harder to get her dressmaking business off the ground.
As our thoughts turn to holidays at this time of year, I would heartily recommend this book as an addition to the suitcase or e-reader. It is an easy read, evoking lots of mental pictures of sunny Italy, its people and, of course, it's delicious cuisine.
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