A beautiful guesthouse, a fresh start and a hunky Italian. Does it sound too good to be true?
Once upon a time, thirty-year-old Gina was on top of the world. Running a gorgeous hotel in the Lake District with her husband Adam was a dream come true. But then her world was turned upside down.
When Adam tragically passes away, Gina is left all alone. Her friends and her sister try to cheer Gina up with wine-fuelled karaoke nights and plenty of gossip – yet life has never quite been the same.
But when an Italian guest comes to stay at her B&B, change is in the air. Before long, Gina finds herself in Lake Como, thousands of miles away from her life – and her heartbreak. But it’s not all picturesque mountains, pizza and prosecco. The crumbling lakeside guesthouse that Fabio has inherited from his family needs some serious TLC. Is she up to the challenge?
As Gina and Fabio work in close quarters, sparks start to fly. But Fabio has a secret he is scared to share, and Gina has her past to come to terms with. Does her heart belong back home or is a life in the sun – with a very handsome Italian – just the change of scenery she needs?
Escape to the gorgeous mountains and glittering Lake Como in Northern Italy! This laugh-out-loud funny and feel-good story of starting over and living life to the max is perfect for fans of Kat French, Jenny Oliver and Carole Matthews.
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Having read Sue’s debut novel, My Big Greek Summer, I thought that I could only follow up by taking part in the blog tour for My Very Italian Holiday.
Now that I’ve read the book, I have to say that I have mixed feelings.
For the most part, I truly enjoyed My Very Italian Holiday; completing the book in one day. I found that the overall plot and theme of the book was quite sweet; focusing on moving on and taking second chances.
However, with that in mind, there were a few aspects that, as a reader, I didn’t enjoy.
The first one was that the instant love between Gina and Fabio didn’t seem realistic; especially considering her status as a widow – it just wouldn’t happen like that in real life.
The second aspect of the novel that put me off was that it took exactly 50% of the story to get to Italy; seeing as the title is My Very ITALIAN Holiday, I assumed that the main narrative would’ve been introduced much earlier in the book. As a result, I felt that the second part of the plot was a tad rushed.
Nevertheless, despite these downfalls, I found myself rooting for Gina and wanting her to be happy in life.
Overall, while I wouldn’t mark My Very Italian Holiday as my favourite novel, I did enjoy it as a Summer read. I would probably recommend this book to my fellow chick-lit lovers who are looking for something light and gentle to settle in with.
About the Author
I live in Lancashire with my long term partner Derek and have had a lifelong love of writing, encouraged by winning a school writing competition at the age of 11.
I always assumed that ‘one day’ I would write a book, always having a busy household and a job, the idea remained firmly on the back burner but never forgotten.
The inspiration for my first novel came to me on a holiday to a Greek village. My daughters had left home and suddenly the time had come to write that book!