It's Publication Day for One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge and I'm delighted to be sharing my review with you today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
To Rome…with love?
Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.
Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!
Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…
A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.
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I'm going to start my review by saying that this book was a delight! I guess in a way I was anticipating a light summery story and I did get that but there was also so much more to this story which made it even more enjoyable. Everything was balanced out and all came together to create a much more rounded story.
I have to admit that I was so jealous of all the delicious food mentioned in this book. It's safe to say that I was left craving pizza although I don't think anything I make would live up to the stunning food described in this book. This family run business definitely left an impression on me along with the people who worked there. Samantha Tonge well and truly whisked me away to Italy and I loved every moment!
Mary goes on quite a journey and I really enjoyed seeing her flourish in an environment that supported her. There were some wonderful and inspiring themes in this story along with loving the positive feelings I was left with. There are some sensitive issues too but I felt that they were handled well. One Summer in Rome is about finding yourself and the love a family can give whether it is by relation or finding people who accept you for who you are.
Beautiful, romantic and hopeful!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.