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Thats Amore (Bon Voyage Series) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Jul 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (21 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743467604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743467605
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,844,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Grace has written over twenty-five romance novels since 1989. Before that she worked in public TV doing promos for Julia Child (in French); then she sailed the world aboard the hospital ship Hope as a translator. Besides French, she has studied Spanish, Arabic, and Farsi, and she has taught in Iran and Algeria. After a lifetime of dreaming of Italy, listening to Italian opera, and watching movies like Roman Holiday, Carol was finally able to take a dream vacation on the spectacular Amalfi coast of Italy. Inspired by the warm, hospitable people, the luscious scenery and food, and the romantic atmosphere, she decided to set her next book, That's Amore, there. Carol lives on a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean with her husband, and she has a son in college and a daughter in law school. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Ball on 17 Feb. 2004
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Wow,wow,wow, what a good read, romance, intrigue and funny too, I found myself laughing outloud one minute and my toes curling the next.Its the first book I have read by MS Grace and am looking forward to her next,I enjoyed the interplay between the characters and the setting in Italy made you feel you were really there,more, more, more please.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2012
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Anne Marie is American and, following a divorce, is visiting Italy to live a little and to visit Giovanni who had been an exchange student in her teenage years. In Italy she finds the men strong, the landscape captivating, the people welcoming and the food delicious. She also finds Marco, a tour guide who appears to be helping her to have an even more interesting exposure to the country and its people. Actually, Marco is not a tour guide at all but a police officer who suspects Anne Marie of smuggling a precious stone to pass to Giovanni - he is sticking close to do his job but is beginning to find it harder and harder and he falls for Anne Marie.

Some of this book is very enjoyable - the descriptions of Italy and its foods, Marco's turmoil as he falls for Anne Marie, the puzzle about where the stone is (although it is not difficult for the reader to guess) and the fact that no character is all good or all bad.

This would be an enjoyable, lightweight romance had it not been for a couple of flaws which I found spoiled my enjoyment of the book. The first is Anne Marie's naivety. The woman has held down a job, been married and divorced and has a college aged son and yet she trusts everybody and bursts into tears at the slightest thing. She seems to have no sense of risk assessment and were Marco not following her around she would have been lost, penniless, clothe-less and possibly worse. She reads as though she was 21.

The second issue which I had was that I found the portrayal of Italy and the Italians to be very stereotypical. The men are "real" men and like to take control,dictate to women and make amorous advances. the grandmother is aged, bent and wears black. There is a nun in the story.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The descriptions of Italy is more captivating than the story itself 2 Sept. 2005
By TheSchemer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unable to stomach the thought of attending her ex-husband's wedding to a woman a little more than half his age, Anne Marie Jackson gives in to her friend Evie's suggestion to go on vacation in Italy. Back in high school, the object of Anne Marie's youthful fantasies had been an Italian exchange student, Giovanni. Over twenty years later, Anne Marie arrives in Sorrento, Italy to meet a grown-up Giovanni and have a grand adventure. However, the tall, dark stranger waiting for her isn't her long-lost love.

Government agent Marco Moretti has professional and private reasons for wanting to nab the elusive Giovanni. For most of their lives, Giovanni and Marco have been rivals; now they are on opposite sides of the law. Giovanni is part of an international diamond smuggling ring, and Marco's sources have named the American woman as the latest courier. Pretending to be a tour guide who can't take the word "no," Marco sticks to Anne Marie as she rambles through the Italian countryside.

The true star of THAT'S AMORE is the setting. The small towns of Italy come to life in Carol Grace's descriptions -- from the taste of a tomato freshly plucked from a vine to an evening of opera in a town square. The characters, however, are another story. While I applaud that this book features a slightly older hero and heroine than the norm, Anne Marie comes across with more naiveté than the average 20 year old. Between her penchant for crying at the drop of a hat and Marco's constant musings about the direction in which his life is heading, this reviewer found it hard to believe that the hero is forty and the heroine, forty-one. Ironically enough, it is the mysterious Giovanni who is the most intriguing character of all.

Regardless of its flaws, Carol Grace's THAT'S AMORE is still interesting enough to warrant a look, especially for those who love all things Italian. Perhaps if a reader were planning a trip to Southern Italy, they might even take it along as a guide book/holiday read.

TheSchemer
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Captivating travelogue and romance 19 Jun. 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anne Marie decides that the only way a jilted wife can survive the impending nuptials of a philandering husband is to get away. At the urging of her pal Evie, she flies to Italy to meet the exchange student she had a crush on 23 years earlier, hoping for a little lovin' Italian style.

Armed with a box of expensive chocolates for Evie's cousin and a yearbook for Giovanni, she is being followed by Marco Moretti, who also has an interest in Giovanni, who is into more than a few shady things. Marco is an undercover agent for the Italian FBI. As Anne Marie makes one tourist mistake after another, Marco, in the role of tour guide is there to help her out, as he waits for her to handoff the priceless jewel they suspect she has in her possession to Giovanni.

When she is forced to don the sexy wardrobe of Marco's sister (who is currently in a nunnery thanks to Giovanni), Marco's interest is piqued, and despite his reservations about her guilt or innocence, they get involved. But what about the priceless diamond - could Anne Marie really just be an unlucky tourist? And why is her ex-husband suddenly insistent in getting in touch with her?

Author Grace has written an captivating and quirky Valentine to a romantic country - it is a travelogue with the added bonus of a cute romance for two very jaded and hesitant lovers. It will have you ready to catch a plane to Italy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
~I Felt Like I Was In Italy ~ 14 Nov. 2003
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
That's Amore made me feel like I was in Italy, I have never been there before, that's what so great about books you can go everywhere in the world, Anne Marie has always dreamed of visiting Italy. Her ex~ husband is getting remarried, she decides to meet her high school crush, in Italy his name is Giovanni, she cannot wait to see him, but what she does not know is that he is not the same person she remembers in high school. She had met this tour guide Marco he is not really a tour guide he has been tracking Giovanni down, Giovanni, is in a lot of trouble. The only way to find him, Marco has to lie to Anne Marie and tell her he is a tour guide, along the way her and Marco go on adventure on tracking Giovanni. Anne Marie was hoping to find love and passion with Giovanni, but what she didn't realize is that love has found her and very enjoyable read.
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Lisa
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Italian style romance!! 2 July 2003
By Elizabeth Benway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After twenty plus years of marriage, Anne Marie Jackson's husband leaves her for a younger woman, then her friend persuades her to take the vacation of a life time. In Italy, Anne Marie plans to meet up with Giovanni, the Italian guy she had meet in high school when he had been a foreign student in America. She had had a crush on him then and now that she is free from a ho hum marriage, she wonders if she and Giovanni will become more than friends. However, he is proving to be very elusive, and instead her attention is claimed by a sexy stranger she sees casually lounging outside her hotel when she arrives.
Marco Moretti is definitely more than he seems, and Anne Marie notices he is eager to meet up with Giovanni as much as she is, but wonders why. Marco offers himself as her personal tour guide and Anne Marie finds him very hard to resist. When events happen to make her cautious of him, she tries to distance herself but he is always there...when she needs him and when she does not. Anne Marie can not resist Marco, and finds herself falling hard for this gorgeous, mysterious Italian man.
There is only one thing I like better than a Cajun hero and that is an Italian one!! "That's Amore" is like a Harlequin Presents (a series line I enjoy very much!) but much, much better, as it is a longer length story. The heroine had always longed to visit Italy and she truly has the trip of a lifetime, the highlight being the sexy hero. He is such a modern guy, from his ever present cell phone to a loving grandmother that wants him to marry and have bambinos. Visiting Italy myself has always been a dream of mine and I lived it vicariously through this heroine. *g* Carol Grace blended this story with so much authentic Italian allure and flavor that I was totally absorbed. "That's Amore" is a wonderful romance, Italian-style!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun police procedural ro 2 July 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following her divorce and at the encouragement of her best friend, Californian Anne Marie Jackson travels to Sorrento, Italy to visit Giovanni. Back in what feels like ancient history in high school, Giovanni, an exchange student, was the most popular stud in school, but he liked Anne Marie. He invited her to come to Italy and now years later she takes him up on his offer.
However, Giovanni fails to arrive at the hotel rendezvous point in nearby San Gervase. Instead undercover law enforcement official Marco Moretti bothers Ann Marie offering to be her guide when in fact he is trying to capture Giovanni, a master criminal known for smuggling diamonds. Marco believes that Anne Marie is the latest female recruited by Giovanni to break the law as a smuggler though he finds her veneer of innocence disconcerting and has no evidence that she is even a dupe of the felon. As he tries to use her to capture the sly thief, Marco falls in love with the American who shocks herself by reciprocating.
Readers who enjoy a fun police procedural romance starring thirty-something characters will appreciate THAT'S AMORE. Anne Marie is a delightful lead protagonist and the mysterious Giovanni will turn a heart or two until his true colors surface. Though Marco seems too pushy to be successful, readers will enjoy Carol Grant's romantic suspense tour of Italy.
Harriet Klausner
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