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  • 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)
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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)

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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.

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Again, one of my top ten favourite books. I have given this one for birthday presents too, as it's a good story line and probably little known fact that there were such people during the war.
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I was completely engrossed in this book. The descriptions of mouthwatering food, scintillating sex and honest to goodness naivety were refreshing. The bravery, stubborness and humiliation of the characters were blended together as well as the pasta sauces described throughout. The factual information was enough to ensure that the picture I was left with was one of how awful those times were but equally how determined everyone was to ensure a better future for themselves. Pity I got to the end, I was happy to keep reading!
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I was recently searching the shelves of my local bookstore looking for a book with all my favourite ingredients - A mixture of World War 2, Italy and of course a generous helping of romance. The Wedding Officer was exactly what I was looking for.

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.
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I picked this book off my pile to take with me on a holiday to Sorrento and it was the perfect reading companion. Looking, as I did, across to the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, where this book is set, really brought it to life for me. The characters are wonderful. I loved Livia, the feisty Neopolitan cook, and James, the intially reserved Wedding Officer.

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.
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Anthony Capella burst on the summer book market last year with his retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story, 'The Food of Love'. Now, in a delightful tale that mixes fact and fiction, Capella has moved the setting from modern-day Rome to Naples in the latter years of the Second World War. Understandably the story is darker than the first novel, but the narrative still brilliantly conveys the warmth and passion of Italy, the beauty of the countryside around Vesuvius, and of course the joy of Italian food, both in feast and famine. The author has also researched his subject. The big adventure that took away the romantic young men of Mussolini's Italy turns into the nightmare of war, and starvation and humiliation for the women of Naples. With even-handed portrayals of Allied and German troops and penetrating observations of what people will do simply to survive, Capella mines his subject skillfully. But in the end this is a fine love story from a very fine storyteller.
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This is an excellent read! I read 'Food of Love' a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it also but this is even better! Capella blends love, war, food and Vesuvius to create the perfect recipe for a deeply satisfying, sensual, moving, hilarious and emotional story. It's a beautiful book that deals with serious issues whilst managing to make a reader cry with laughter as well as sadness! Just perfect!
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A most beautiful book, and Anthony Capellas best, which I initially read shortly after my first trip to Italy. For me no book since has so successfully managed to catch the flavour of Italian food and life to which I have happily become accustomed.

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.
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