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- File Size: 3212 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (9 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MXXY81E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rome is Where the Heart is: An uplifting romantic read, perfect to escape with (From Italy with Love Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story revolves around Kate, who suddenly finds herself free to do as she wishes after her long time marriage to childhood sweetheart Matt comes to an end when he walks out. Kate has always wanted to travel but been held back by Matt's unwillingness to venture far. She sets off for a holiday in Rome, a city she has longed to experience more than anywhere. There she first encounters Jamie, an American who helps her find her way around and introduces her to some of the Roman culture, and then meets the incredibly handsome Alessandro, a local policeman. By the end of her week, she finds that she has not only fallen in love with a city, but also with a man and has made a new friendship that is made to last. When she finally has to return home, Kate is torn between a desire to up sticks and return to this place she has become incredibly drawn towards and her family, especially her sisters Anna and Lily with whom she has a close relationship.
Although this is a beautiful love story, all is not plain sailing for the main characters. There is quite a bit of drama going on throughout, with a few mishaps at home and in Rome for Kate and her fiends and family. It all adds up to a book which, as I said at the beginning, is difficult to put down. I'm glad to see that there is a sequel on the horizon. I'm looking forward to finding out how things progress for everyone and experience a little more of life in Rome.
Kate has been cruelly dumped by her husband on Friday the 13th, Matt is all she has ever known as they were best friends and childhood sweethearts so this is particularly tough on Kate. Upon the finalisation of the divorce, Kate decides to do something crazy and out of character so books a week away to Rome....alone! As soon as she arrives in Italy, Kate meets Jamie who saves her from being swindled by a taxi driver. Jamie is on a business trip from America and they quickly form a friendship. I adored Jamie, everyone needs a Jamie in their lives!!
I won't spoil how it happens but Kate later also meets the charming and terribly good-looking Alessandro who makes her begin to believe that there is life after Matt....even if it's only for a few days whilst living the dream in Italy.
Rome is Where the Heart is has made me want to visit Rome (even more than I did before) and is pure escapism, the romance of potentially finding the love of your life during a chance meeting in a foreign country is wonderful. I just couldn't put it down. I loved Kate, Jamie and Alessandro - these characters soon begin to feel like your friends. This book explores finding love again and family bonds as Kate's sisters are fiercely protective over her...as are Alessandro's five sisters and the head of the family, Signora Conti.
I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately moved onto the second book in the 'From Italy with love' series, A Wedding in Italy and it's not often that I will read books from the same series back to back - but I just had to find out what happens with Kate, Alessandro and Jamie.
Once she's there, two men take centre stage beside all the landmarks, sounds and tastes of the city: American Jamie and Italian Stallion (okay, policeman) Alessandro. There is romance, friendship and hints of a new and exciting life. But of course there a problems as well, both Italian and English in nature.
The best thing about this novel is the way Tilly describes the city of Rome. All the major sights are there; Colosseum, Vatican, but so too are the insecurities and unforgettable smaller moments anyone who's visited a foreign city on a whim will recognise. Tilly is a fabulous writer and, although I've never actually been to Rome, I completely feel like I have now!
Overall, this is a charming, funny (Kate's sisters especially) and enjoyable tale that no romance fan should miss. Bring on the instalment!!
Tilly's books are really well written and the characters are believable. I like this as it was a 'proper' length book not a short series where you just get into to it and then...you need to wait for the next installment. Looking forward to Book 2 of this - hope it is just as good as Book 1
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