“I was a totally different person there.”
Sometimes when we travel we end up in places that have such a strong identity they infuse us with it as well. Italy has always been one of these spots for me, and I was glad to find that Annie Seaton’s new book, ITALIAN AFFAIR, successfully captures its essence.
As you know, I don’t typically write book reviews in my blog. But in this case I was so intrigued by the setting (Italy) that I decided to join in her blog tour. I’m so glad I did! It turned out to be a fun story with a great sense of place. -
When Scottish girl Brianna finds she has inherited a property in Italy she feels she will finally be able to get a feeling for the mother she never knew. The catch? She must be married to inherit it. Lucky for her she meets a kind, if a bit uptight, Australian guy, Tom, who for his own purposes agrees to help her out.
While at times I craved a bit more character development, this may have been because I liked both Tom and Brianna and wanted to see their personalities shine through even more. The story itself has just the right pacing so that the reader can enjoy the beautiful Italian setting.
And enjoy it I did! Descriptions of the villa she has inherited which brought me into the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine; attention to the details of food and drink; the portrayal of sounds which remind the reader they are in a living place.
A whitewashed villa sprawled down the hill at the end of the
road. The vista of the sea formed a scenic backdrop to the waves
breaking gently on the pebbled beach far below them.
“Is this it?” He strode down the hill and caught up to Brianna,
who stood at a locked wrought iron gate. Tom peered over the
top of the intricately scrolled metal into a paved courtyard with
a small fountain in the middle. Wind chimes tinkled and the soft
sound of the cascading water greeted them from inside.
(excerpt from- Italian Affair)
All of this allowed me, for a brief time, to travel to Italy and watch as the two main characters became the Italian versions of themselves… still quirky and unique, but a bit softer around the edges and more passionate about their own lives.
I give ITALIAN AFFAIR, 4 * stars. Take your own trip to Italy via this fun story and you might become a different person for a while as well.
Which of your favorite books have immersed you in their setting? Do you become a whole new person (without the help of alchohol:>) when you travel? I love to hear from readers, so leave a comment and be sure to let me know what you think of my posting a review every now and then.
Here’s to your own Journey Inspired by Love -
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