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The Italian Connection.
on 5 June 2014
Anna, Catherine and Sophie meet at conversational Italian evening classes and become friends, each with their own story developed carefully throughout this lovely novel. As the course progresses they all make new friends and it looks as though this year will be a year of starting over for all of them.
Sophie left home when her parents tried to manipulate her future. She could never forgive them for denying her the dream of becoming an actress and set off backpacking around the world. She ended up in an Italian ice ream parlour in the tourist quarter of Sorrento, pining over a failed romance with the delectable Dan. Tracked down and called back home when her father had a serious heart attack, she is soon surprised by how much she is enjoying her time at home. Catherine is looking ahead. Her husband, who had told her he had never loved her, had recently left home for another lover. Rocked by this unkind dismissal of their marriage she is rebuilding her self-confidence and looking for a job so that she can support herself. Anna has a dilemma of her own. Her geriatric Nan had let slip that her father was Italian. Suddenly her tanned skin and dark hair had made sense and she had decided to look for her father and discover her Italian roots. Her cheating boyfriend discarded, what was to stop her? When her work as a food journalist takes her on a free trip to Rome to complete a cookery course she is ecstatic. Opportunity, method and means open the door to her future.
Only things never run smoothly and all three girls have serious setbacks to overcome before their journeys are complete. Problems, problems, problems. Can Sophie move on and learn to trust her parents again? Dare she leave her father when he seems so frail? What should Catherine do when she discovers mysterious payments in her cheating husbands account? What can she do when her husband decides to sell the family home now that their children are at university? Will Anna’s Italian family welcome her or will there be problems when she introduces herself to her Father? The Italian class has opened new doors, created new friendships and given each of the girls support and new confidence to move forward with their lives.
Lucy Diamond had written another novel full of friendship, love and intrigue. I really enjoyed reading it and have no hesitation in recommending it to you as an enjoyable, entertaining, light read perfect for a relaxing holiday read.