- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (5 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751537543
- ISBN-13: 978-0751537543
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wedding Officer Paperback – 5 Mar 2007
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Full of the same colour and verve as Capella's THE FOOD OF LOVE, this story also blends romance with gourmet delights (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)
THE WEDDING OFFICER resembles a cross between CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN and CHOCOLAT, while remaining a charming and powerful fiction in its own right (Michael Arditti)
This is an engaging tale. It brims with fascinating historical detail, an infectious enthusiasm for southern Italy and its cuisine and is an undemanding and sympathetic love story (SUNDAY TIMES)
Spicy, funny, delicious and sexy, this is the perfect holiday book (EVENING HERALD)
From the author of the bestselling The Food of Love comes a wonderful second novel featuring the same irresistible combination of food, romance and Italy.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I have never been to Naples I was married in Tuscany 3 years ago and have had a love affair with Italy ever since. The vivid description of its people, landscape and amazing food in the book brought back all the memories I have of the place and I felt almost home sick, desperate to go back!
I also fell in love with the story between James and Livia and really felt the connection between them. I only wish I could speak Italian the way that James can!
As a big fan of war stories I was really intrigued by the description of wartime Naples and the people's experiences. I also enjoyed the closeness to history which was obviously researched so carefully.
I only hope that the film planned for next year will do the book justice and that they carefully choose the Italian Livia and English James of the big screen.
The story is wonderful too, based partly on real life events. There really was a Wedding Officer, there to vet the potential Italian brides of British officers, and Vesuvius did erupt in 1944, during the war. I loved the way the author intertwined so many elements to make up the story: Italy, food, romance, cooking, history. It all worked so well together and I can't recommend this book highly enough.
My father and I have very different reading tastes, I love romance and he is keen on historical fact, but on begging him to read this (and ultimately placing it in his hands on a flight to Rome) he also fell for its charms, and now trusts my recommendations! It has been passed around the whole family and noones disagrees. He has since read and believes this is based on 'Naples '44: A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy'.
For me is has the same spirit as 'Captain Corellis Mandolin' without the 'sticky' bits of war history which the boys in my family loved but I struggled through. In contrast there is no interruption to the the flow of Capellas prose, while remaining true to the history, policy and horrors of war.
Never have I read such mouthwatering accounts of food, and never before have I so believed in love. I have been encouraged to find the best of Italy, and on a cold winters night in Ireland I can be transported to the warmth of Italian life.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves food, history, Italy, love or life. I recommend it to everyone, everywhere I go. I cannot imagine anyone not loving it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's ok, I only wanted it to find out how the story finished. Bit of a weak finish actually. Why didn't he kill the mafia man ?Published 18 months ago by AMC
My wife purchased this Italian based book and suggested I read it. I am very glad she did, as I found it to be a great book to read, humorous in places and very descriptive of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Barry
What can you find in this book: Italian food, people, culture, war, history, violence (yes, be prepared - I cried!), but also love and steamy sexual tension and situations. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2014 by RiKoFa
excellent book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. So descriptive about Italy during the war.
I would love it if Anthony Capella would write a sequel to it, or something similar.
Brilliantly written, this is a wonderful read and a lovely story. Anthony Capella writes with great humour and for those who enjoy food (as clearly the author does) it is a joy. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Seklof
A romantic story set in Naples with beautiful descriptions of Italian cuisine running throughout that will have you salivating at every chapter. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Emma
I don't often read a book more than once but I've read this three times! I love the way the story unfolds; it's romantic, exciting and sad. Read morePublished on 31 May 2013 by Casimira
Anthony Capella takes you to another country, another time, with beautifully written descriptions. I bought this book after reading Food for Love, set in Italy, and found the same... Read morePublished on 14 May 2013 by Elizabethd