Top positive review
Excellent ..... but....
on 13 April 2017
Extremely well-written and engaging. I bought the book because we are shortly going on holiday to the Puglia and staying quite near Andrano. "Some local colour (this is a non-fiction book), a few tips and a love story to boot. What could be better?" Well ─ it's not quite like that. Daniela, the heroine, must indeed be a stunner because the greater part of this book contrasts Italian ways with Anglo-Saxon equivalents. Whether the subject is driving manners, nightmarish bureaucracy, love of animals ─ you name it, Chris has a hard time persuading himself that there are enough upsides to the Italian way of life to compensate for the general awfulness.
And that is why I have only given this book 4 stars ─ to a considerable extent it has made me fearful of what we may encounter. It's an excellent book but I wish I hadn't read it before we went; and I shall certainly not show it to my wife till afterwards!