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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2002
Great read, fast moving narrative set in beautiful Tuscany and peopled with wonderful characters. Couldn't ask for more in this fab book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2002
I read this book very quickly because I was totally captivated by the characters and the fast moving story. It was funny, moving, and, as a man, quite enlightening.
I believe Lou Wakefield has a new book out soon. Can't wait.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2002
Set in the idylic region of Tuscany this hilariously witty and charming book about a group of missed matched couples thrown together at a holiday villa had me laughing out loud.
I can highly recommend this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2002
As below, I found this book a wonderful read on holidays but don't leave it behind! It is also a great book to bury yourself in if you are a bit down - it makes you laugh and cheers you up and you can't put it down! Loved the characters and the setting is just perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2002
This is a very funny book - great characters, all very real. Just the ticket for taking your mind off your troubles, and if you feel the need to learn something about Italian art this is a painless way to do so.A Devoted Reader.
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on 25 August 2011
One of my all-time favourite books. A very simple story line, but enormous detail in the characters and their pre-conceived notions on what a holiday might entail. I laughed until I cried at some parts in this story. Stunning and should have earned the author a literary medal, priceless.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2002
Lou Wakefield has crafted a wonderful and hilarious story. Tremendous, real life characters and some of the funniest situations you're likely to see!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2002
Great for a holiday read - if you don't require more than very easy going entertainment. It seems like the author wants to be Jackie Collins and PG Wodehouse at the same time. The characters are really good - very well described (some slightly annoying)and so is the setting, but it is not the class comedy it could have been. Read it on a holiday in Tuscany like I did. I found it in a bookshop in Siena and that is probably where it should be bought - and read! After that you can leave it in the hotel room/flat for the next guest -not a space filler in the book shelf
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2002
I read this book feeling that as an art teacher, I would feel some empathy for the main character of the book - Marion Hardcastle (also an art teacher).
The ridiculous plot of her setting off for a holiday in Tuscany with a fellow staff member and his wife , then meeting up with some vaguely famous TV "luvvies" at a holiday villa which they are all sharing, is actually fairly ludicrous. The romantic plot is pretty daft, and the references to art and architecture are at most facile, within the context of this "holiday" read.
I passed this book on to a friend whose two children, a girl of 13, and boy of 10 read this novel with ease and enjoyment ! This is where this novel is at !
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