Sunday, 4 August 2019

Book Review - Three Days in Florence by Chrissie Manby - Blog Tour

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Title: Three Days In Florence
Author: Chrissie Manby
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 11th July 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

When a mini-break becomes make or break...

Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she's thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil's constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it's not exactly the romantic break Kathy was hoping for.

But when a mix-up with her flights leaves Kathy stranded in the city, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay on alone.

What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun, as Kathy begins to question the choices that have led her here. With the help of the colourful Innocenti family, who offer Kathy a place to stay, she gradually begins to realise that there's a much bigger world out there, if only she can be brave enough to explore it.

Could Italy hold the answers to her future happiness? Or is Kathy destined to return to her old life?

I simply adored every moment of this book, Kelly Courage is one fabulous main character, but more on her in a moment, 

I firstly want to say how much I utterly despised and hated Neil, her boyfriend and his family. What a self-centred, confidence stripping, uncaring group of people.  I had great glee in my hatred of him, and I'm really not sure he had any redeeming qualities at all.   The question of course for most of the book was whether Kathy would every notice his true colours, that really were rather obvious! 

Kathy though is fabulous, especially once thrown slightly outside of her comfort zone and having to spending extra time in Florence alone.  You could feel her excitement, and then her fear,  and relief, basically every emotion under the sun so closely, as she adjusted to what needed to be done. 

I loved the whole of the Innocenti family, from the mischievous Manu, smelly Faustino,  gorgeous Henry, kind hearted Carla and the others as they really helped Kathy out.  Although she also proved very helpful too, toward the family. 

We don't see much of the typical touristy bits of Florence, as although the setting is key, this was far more about Kathy's dreams of the city,  and integrating with a local family, so we see things from a different perspective which was refreshing. 

Chrissie Manby's observations  were spot on as always, especially during the first bit of the book with how Neil's family behaved in the run up to a wedding,  and how one teen at at least was completely oblivious to everything as he was attached to his phone.   

There are plenty of laughs and drama in this marvellous book that I adored every single second of and read with a big grin on my face.   Another triumph for one of my all time favourite, and must read authors. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'm Carole from Carole's Chatter. I've followed your blog for quite a while now. I wondered if you would like to join the group of bloggers who share their posts on a monthly basis via Books You Loved. I host this link up on the first Wednesday of each month. If you would like to check it out just hop on over to Carole's Chatter. We would all love to see you there. Cheers


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