Book Review - Chasing The Italian Dream by Jo Thomas
Lucia has worked hard as a lawyer in Wales, aiming for a big promotion she hopes will shortly come her way.
Finally taking a well-earned break at her grandparents’ house in southern Italy, the sunshine, lemon trees and her nonna’s mouth-watering cooking make her instantly feel at home.
But she’s shocked to learn that her grandfather is retiring from the beloved family pizzeria and will need to sell.
Lucia can’t bear the thought of the place changing hands – especially when she discovers her not-quite-ex-husband Giacomo wants to take it over!
Then bad news from home forces Lucia to re-evaluate what she wants from life.
Is this her chance to carry on the family tradition and finally follow her dreams?
What was it all about
Chasing the Italian Dream is a beautiful story of going back to your roots and finding love along with the life you had always wanted.
Lucia’s grandfather wanted to retire so threw out a challenge that the pizza place would go to the person who ran it well. Lucia and her not so ex-husband were on the race to inheritance.
How it made me feel
The book made me reevaluate my own life as Lucia took up the challenge.
I liked the ambiance created in the book. I could be easily transported to Italy with the aroma that the words carried.
The writing filled me with cheer as the author’s books often did. It was a good bit of escape reading where the topics covered were relevant to life, but strung in lines that were easy to read.
Some sections felt slow and repetitive. I didn’t need so many comparisons to food.
A good palate cleanser in between my thrillers. Sometimes I had to smell the flowers to appreciate the thrill. Or, in this case, the smell of Italian pizza.
Publication Date: 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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