Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Review ~ An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne.

Title: An American Girl in Italy.
Author: Aubrie Dionne.
Publisher: HarperImpulse.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: May 29, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon | B&N

An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants... but the one thing she needs!

Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caff├ęs and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself...
Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.
Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route...

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?







An American Girl in Italy is Carly’s story – so focused on her music and so against the tour of Italy she’s set to go on. That is, until she meets the tour guide Michelangelo and her feelings begin to change.

I think this is a lovely summer read. Without the setting being too overstated, it was still Italy and the plot is fresh and entertaining, a nice way to spend an afternoon out in the sun. I loved hearing about Michelangelo’s vineyard too because I thought that added a really nice summery vibe to the book.

I loved Michelangelo straight away. Whether Carly felt like she could trust him or not, he just seemed like such a sweet, caring guy. The way he spoke about his family and his life really made him easy to warm too – and that’s not including the charm and charisma he oozed too!

There were lots of interesting side characters as well. I liked that Melody was there again having been the main character in one of Aubrie’s previous books Playing the Maestro, but also that she wasn’t too involved since this was Carly’s story. I really loved Alaina too – a lot more than I thought I would do and she was a complex character who I thought was developed really well throughout. I’d definitely like to see her in a book of her own.

I thought the pace in An American Girl in Italy worked wonderfully. The romance felt real at more of a slower pace and the side stories were really intriguing too. I loved the characters and this really helped me enjoy the story which towards the end became pretty hard to put down.



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