It’s time to hand the blog back over to Mandie who has a blog tour review of My Very Italian Holiday by Sue Roberts. With thanks to Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting us to join the tour, here is what the book is all about.
About the book
A beautiful guesthouse, a fresh start and a hunky Italian. Does it sound too good to be true?
Once upon a time, thirty-year-old Gina was on top of the world. Running a gorgeous hotel in the Lake District with her husband Adam was a dream come true. But then her world was turned upside down.
When Adam tragically passes away, Gina is left all alone. Her friends and her sister try to cheer Gina up with wine-fuelled karaoke nights and plenty of gossip – yet life has never quite been the same.
But when an Italian guest comes to stay at her B&B, change is in the air. Before long, Gina finds herself in Lake Como, thousands of miles away from her life – and her heartbreak. But it’s not all picturesque mountains, pizza and prosecco. The crumbling lakeside guesthouse that Fabio has inherited from his family needs some serious TLC. Is she up to the challenge?
As Gina and Fabio work in close quarters, sparks start to fly. But Fabio has a secret he is scared to share, and Gina has her past to come to terms with. Does her heart belong back home or is a life in the sun – with a very handsome Italian – just the change of scenery she needs?
Escape to the gorgeous mountains and glittering Lake Como in Northern Italy! This laugh-out-loud funny and feel-good story of starting over and living life to the max is perfect for fans of Kat French, Jenny Oliver and Carole Matthews.
Gina runs a charming B & B in the Lake District after the death of her husband Adam. It had originally been their idea to run it together however after the tragic events her sister Hannah stepped in and helped build the business into a success. The B & B is set in a lovely village with a close knit community. Although everyone seems to know each other’s business, they are also there in times of need.
I really liked the relationship between Gina and her sister. They clearly love working and living together, often teasing each other in only a way two sisters can. They are also very proud of the business and will go that extra bit further to make each stay a success…. Nothing is too much, not even the odd bit of babysitting. You have to love Gina’s friend Katy, a bit of a live wire she will quite often say what she is thinking (usually when there is a little help from alcohol) but no one stays mad at her for long.
When Fabio comes to visit his uncle who runs the local Italian restaurant he ends up having to stay at the B & B due to some flooding in the village. Initially he is a bit standoffish but eventually he warms to Gina and even shares his hopes and plans for the B & B he inherited back home in Italy. They soon become firm friends but Gina seems to be fighting the possibility of it becoming anything more, not because of her husband but more out of a sense of duty to her family.
Despite getting through nearly half the book before Gina actually visits Italy I found that I was enjoying the descriptions of the Lake District and the lives of the residents. Sue Roberts manages to describe the surroundings in such a way that makes you want to go and visit. When Gina goes to visit Fabio in Italy once again she sets the scene of Lake Como that has you believing you are there.
My Very Italian Holiday is a wonderful story of family and second chances at love that will also have you laughing along the way. One of my favourite parts involved a bucking bronco and some flying false teeth. This is definitely one to be packed to enjoy while on holiday.
If you would like a copy of My Very Italian Holiday for yourself, it is available from the following retailers:
About the Author
I live in Lancashire with my long term partner Derek and have had a lifelong love of writing, encouraged by winning a school writing competition at the age of 11.
I always assumed that ‘one day’ I would write a book, always having a busy household and a job, the idea remained firmly on the back burner but never forgotten.
The inspiration for my first novel came to me on a holiday to a Greek village. My daughters had left home and suddenly the time had come to write that book!
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