Sunday, September 21, 2014

An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne

Title:  An American Girl in Italy
Author:  Aubrie Dionne
Published:  May 29/14 by HarperImpulse
Length:  182pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 caffés 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?

My Review:

This is a well-developed, picturesque novel that draws on the sweetness of early, unexpected romance. Dionne brings her readers to Italy alongside her characters to tell a story straight out of a fairy tale. I did find that the writing style was a bit too formal for the story at hand. It gave a bit of a disjointed feel to the tale as a whole.

The characters in this novel embody the age old adage that opposites attract. That said, the main characters work quite well together, delving in to a rather realistic romance. The female lead was quite self-absorbed, annoying at times, but she did redeem herself by the end of the book.

As a whole, this was a decent way to spend an afternoon. Although formulaic at times it was entertaining as well.

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