Thursday, July 2, 2009

Italian for Beginners: A Review

Italian for Beginners
Author: Kristin Harmel
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: 5 Spot (August 13, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0446538302

Cat Connelly is a thirty-four-year-old Manhattan accountant who has always lived a responsible life. She has lived on the safe side, even taking care of her younger sister and father when her mother left the family. But Cat starts to question her life choices while attending her sister's wedding.

When wedding guests ask her about finding the right man and walking down the isle, and when she hears quiet gossip, within earshot, she becomes embarrassed and frustrated. Where is the justice for someone who has, seemingly, done all the right things, but still hasn't found the life she rightfully deserves? She tries to leave the wedding party, but runs into a mysterious man who takes her breath away. Is he single or married, which turns into a major issue.

Cat, feeling confused, and low in spirit, returns to work, where a friend encourages her to take a much needed month's vacation to visit a former boyfriend in Italy. Cat talks to her father, who tells her it is a good idea for her to get away for awhile. She now has to choose between her perceived responsibility at home or a chance at happiness.

Arriving in Italy, Cat finds herself on a virtual "Roman Holiday" as her life becomes very similar to Audrey Hepburn's character in the movie by that name. Although, she finds romance, disappointment, betrayal, and love, she also must face some serious old ghosts that have haunted her in her earlier life. Does she have the courage to live as a stranger in Rome? Will she conquer her demons? Will she find her true self? Will she find the love of her life? These are questions that make the book a pure pleasure to read.
I give this a perfect 5 stars*****

(The author also wrote The Art of French Kissing)


Marilyn said...

This sounds like something I would like. Has it been made into a movie?

Barbara said...

Marilyn- It will be in bookstores in August. I'm doing a preview here for the publisher.

I do think it would be fun to watch the movie, Roman Holiday, before reading the book. It's an old movie starring Audrey Hepburn and is mentioned a lot in the book. (I think I'll watch it tonight.)

"ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS" is a FUN READ. I felt like I had taken a trip to Rome.

MISSY said...

Sold! I am adding this to my list right now. Sounds wonderful!

Barbara said...

Missy- You will really like it!!

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Small Footprints said...

Thank you for this ... I'm putting it on my summer reading list (if I can ever get away from blogging ... lol).

Small Footprints

Barbara said...

Footprints- It should be out next month. Enjoy!

mjmbecky said...

This sounds so good! I've put it in my Amazon cart for down the road. :) Thanks for the review!

Barbara said...

mjmbecky- It's such a fun book. I think you'll like it.

Sheila DeChantal said...

This looks like a fun read!

Barbara said...

Sheila- I loved reading it!!