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The House in Amalfi Hardcover – 10 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340896590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,862,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A heartwarming, romantic adventure . . . a great one for Francophiles, features real places restaurants and hotels in France.' Hello! on THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS

'Like Tuscany's beauty, this book is heaped with delicious words and literary creativity. It's thoroughly engrossing.' The North Wales Chronicle on SUMMER IN TUSCANY

'Great for the beach.' Prize Magazine on SUMMER IN TUSCANY

'The characters are brilliant and full of warmth. A book you can get lost in' Yorkshire Evening Post on SUMMER IN TUSCANY

'The popular Adler gets the dynamics of a new relationship pitch-perfect . . . But it's the detailed, realistic description of the trip to France that makes her latest great vicarious vacation reading.' - Publishers Weekly on THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS

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The wonderful new holiday romance from the author of AN INVITATION TO PROVENCE.

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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mmrich on 13 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found myself angry with this story, too contrived and ridiculous to keep me interested. Does a young child REALLY hold so many specific memories about a meal or steets in a foreign country? Does a man really recognize a 38 year old women in a cafe, when she was only a child the last time he saw her? The book makes attempts at bereavement, and then at humour, then again at romance. None seem to work very well. But I suppose if one is looking for a 'mindless' summer novel, this might fit that bill.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
transported to another place by the magic of Ms. Adler 27 July 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Chicago, though two years have passed since her beloved husband Alex died in a car crash, Lamour Harrington still mourns her loss. Lamour sees the irony that he was the second man in her life to die in a tragic accident as her father Jonathon was killed in a boating incident off Italy's Amalfi coast. To survive she buries herself in her work as a landscape architect, but refuses to allow anyone even a dog or cat into her life because loved ones die. Only her childhood friend Jammy Mortimer pushes Lamour to join the living; her spouse Matt coaxes Jammy to tell the total truth to Lamour about Alex.

Already thinking of returning to the place she was happiest, Amalfi, Jammy's revelation is the final impetus to get her to move. Lamour travels to Italy to learn what led to her beloved artistic father's death and to recapture the magical happiness that has left her bereft. The truth may be freeing, but in spite of meeting Lorenzo Pirata and his adult son, Lamour is unsure that she wants to know the secrets of her heart and that of the HOUSE IN AMALFI.

Whether it is Tuscany, Province or now Amalfi no one serves as a better tour guide of Mediterranean Europe than Elizabeth Adler is. Readers feel they are seeing lush gardens, sharing wine or eating pizza in a remote village cafe as she paints a fabulous landscape. The characters are fully developed with Lamour severing as a terrific focus to the Amalfi tour while the support cast either provides insight into her or into the locale. Once again readers will be transported to another place by the magic of Ms. Adler.

Harriet Klausner
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Lamour (the main character) seems like a blond 12 year old rather than a grown woman of 38 years 2 Feb. 2006
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book flows nicely, has beautiful imagery, and draws you along. However, Lamour (the main character) seems like a blond 12 year old rather than a grown woman of 38 years. How is it possible that she was so wrapped up in her life in Amalfi that she didn't realize that she would need to transport her chickens to her home, feed, and house them? That's like going to Home Depot and buying 10' lengths of wood to put in your Mini Cooper. My second peeve was the premise of the whole book...that she owned her fathers house in Amalfi. Did she ever hear of a deed, title, or even a will? It seems unreasonable to me that she would just assume she owned the house...had she been paying taxes on it?? Did she ever have to do anything to this house that made it clear she owned it or was she basing this all on the fact that she lived there once upon a time. If that was the case we could all own really nice houses across the country!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Elizabeth Adler Takes You On Romantic Italian Trip 25 Feb. 2006
By Antoinette Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Adler brings her perfect blend of romance between man and woman and romance between reader and locale to this charming tale set on the exquisite Italian coast. I doubt anyone will finish this book without thinking several times of calling a travel agent and booking the next flight to Italy. To be in Amalfi---to shop, to eat, to view the lush landscape would be a dream anyone would dream after finishing this novel.

The only drawback to the novel is that the heroine, Lamour Harrington, is a bit of a ditz. If you can accept the fact that a woman of thirty-eight is not bright enough to know you don't automatically own a house just because you once lived there or that for all her screaming about being strong and independent she does not find true happiness until she meets her future husband, then you can let yourself enjoy this tale that is mostly light and humorous, but takes a very dark and suspenseful turn that does save it and lift it out of the mediocrity of "chic lit."

Recently widowed by a man who was leaving her for another woman, Lamour isolates herself in her Chicago apartment dreaming of better days when she was the beloved daughter of famed novelist, Jon-Boy Harrington. To pull herself out of her deepening depression, she visits Amalfi and tries to recapture the soul of the happy child she once was and uncover the mystery surrounding her father's death.

Lorenzo Pirato is the dashing owner of the estate on which Jon-Boy's home can be found. Though she instantly dislikes him, she is charmed by his son Nico and begins a flirtatious association with him. Is this going to be another case of a woman falling for both father and son? Will Lorenzo's beautiful daughter Aurora drive Lamour from her home? Can her faithful friend Mifune help her discover what is truly important? Will a red chiffon dress and a beautiful Contessa give her the answers she seeks? Will we ever learn the name of Jammy's `college kid'?

For charming characters, unmatched descriptions of the beauty of Italy, and comic scenes involving chickens, this is a delightful escape into romance and travel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Finding Love Again in Italy... 9 July 2006
By Jill Clardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lamour Harrington, 38-year old successful landscape architect in Chicago, returns to her childhood home on the Amalfi Coast, disenchanted and looking to start over after discovering that her deceased husband had been planning to divorce her at the time of his death. She is also determined to solve the mystery of her father's accidental death in a boating accident when she was 17.

Lamour moves into the charming abandoned cottage that had held so many wonderful memories of the few brief years with her father, a carefree author, living on a shoestring but enjoying all that Italy had to offer and totally devoted to his daughter. She had always believed that his death had not been accidental, and in her searching she discovers many people who want to keep the past in the past.

She is pursued by both the rich and powerful Lorenzo, owner of the estate in which he cottage is located, and his flirtatious, sexy son Nico, but both want her to forget about the mystery of her father's death. Of course, her stubbornness won't allow her to do that, and she needs to solve the past before she can move on with her future.

The reader is invited along during this process of self-discovery as an armchair traveler and experiences the multiple charms of the mesmerizing Amalfi coast - the narrow winding "Mama Mia" road along the rocky cliffs, the startling colors of the Blue Grotto, the charms of the hedonistic Isle of Capri, the heaven-scented balmy evenings when Italians enjoy the Passegiata, the exquisite food and wine. Adler's sensuous descriptions of Italy make me want to book another trip right now! But if you can't afford a trip just now, read the book and return to Amalfi.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Almost as good as a trip to the Italian Coast 3 Nov. 2006
By P. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The characters came alive and I was able to totally immerse myself in their tale. It was astouding to look up the specific places mentioned in the book, and find out they were real - and what glorious places in which to find oneself. A great escape!
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