Friday, 14 April 2017

Book Review - A Wedding In Italy by Tilly Tennant - Blog Tour

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Title:  A Wedding in Italy
Author: Tilly Tennant
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 14th April 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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?

What a delight it is to return to Rome, and the story of Kate and Alessandro, who we first met in Rome is Where The Heart Is, in fact I was so wrapped up in antics of the Conti family, that I completely forgot to work out if this book could potentially be read as a standalone or not.  It certainly works fantastically as a sequel! 

Kate is now living in Rome, and trying to make her life there, so that can be with Alessandro. She is hoping to get her dressmaking business off the ground and in the meantime, is trying to find a job so she can pay the bills. She is starting to get along better with almost all of the Conti clan, however its family friend, and potential love rival Orazia that is going to potentially put a spanner in the works. 

As this book kicks off we are treated to what a full blown Italian wedding is like, as Alessandro's sister Lucetta is getting married, and Kate is about to meet more of the extended family, and is nervous. I loved hearing about the various Italian wedding customs and the whole celebration seemed fairly traditional but with a nod to modern day life too. 

Instead of having a guided tour this time of all of Rome's famous tourist attractions, we are instead, treated to one girls story as to how to become accepted in a city that isn't her own, in a language she is only just learning to speak, and I loved seeing how Kate was adapting. 

Kate's friend Jamie from the first book is back as well, and brings a great deal of light heartedness to the proceedings, and is a breath of fresh air generally. Kate's sisters are also a presence, mainly via skype, and it was good to catch up with them too. 

I loved seeing this different side to Rome, and the new characters that we meet in this book, Salvatore and Nunzia especially amongst others. 

A lot of the book for various reasons integral to the plot is set in the Conti household, and we really get a much better feel for all of the younger Conti children, and it was great to get this sort of understanding into Italian family life, complete with Signora Conti's massive meals on a regular basis. Even the Christmas traditional meals are touched on, which was interesting, although personally I am glad I've never spent Christmas in Italy as that sounded like far far far too much food! 

I completely enjoyed every second of A Wedding In Italy, which was a pleasure to read, complete with its ups and downs, and overall felt like returning to my "italian family" in this book, as I feel as though I would love Alessandro's family to be my own! 

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

About the author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

Take a look at the rest of this blog tour for A Wedding In Italy. My friends on the other stops would love for you to stop by. 

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