Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Book Review - My Very Italian Holiday by Sue Roberts - Blog Tour

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Title: My Very Italian Holiday
Author: Sue Roberts
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

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? 

Escape to the gorgeous mountains and glittering Lake Como in Northern Italy! This laugh-out-loud funny and feel-good story of starting over and living life to the max is perfect for fans of Kat French, Jenny Oliver and Carole Matthews.

This is a lovely story about a second chance at falling in love. Gina was widowed years ago and since then has put her heart into her Lake District B&B. 

She has the support of her family, and some good friends and is slowly starting to realise she needs to be more social and starting getting out and about a bit more, which leads to some wonderful girls night out at the local pub with assorted theme nights which are hilarious. 

I loved the sense of community in the Lake District and also meeting the assorted guests that Gina and sister Hannah had staying with them. I loved the scenery of the Lake District, and getting to know all of Gina's friends and family and their assorted characteristics and relationships. 

Now you may be wondering why I am chatting about the Lake District about a book called A Very Italian Holiday - well for a fair bit of the book I was wondering that myself, as it took a while for an Italian man to even appear, let alone a trip to Lake Como. 

Once we get to Italy I did in fact that love that part of the book two, especially the descriptions of Italian food and there are some incredibly funny scenes on Gina's busman's holiday.   What dd surprise me was given the absolute gorgeousness of the summery cover for this book, that the main trip to Italy was in the winter, and it just didn't feel like the sort of poolside / garden read I was hoping for.  

If anything I think this a book that will warm you up on an autumns day when you are reminiscing of sunlight, and wishing you were abroad.  

My Very Italian Holiday is a good book, which I enjoyed a great deal, but I feel it suffers from second book syndrome, and I far preferred the authors first book.  I am looking forward to seeing what she writes next as there is definitely a very good writer, with some great ideas present, so will be interesting to see how that develops. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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