May 9, 2018

One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge Review

One Summer in Rome
By Samantha Tonge
Release Date: May 9th, 2018
HQ Digital
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita Pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

One Summer in Rome is really a book about self discovery! About believing in yourself, even when you have doubts! Like when you are standing at the bag check in, and about to make a huge step into the relative unknown, well that's what happened with Mary, who is getting off to the wonders of Rome, after a life in England full of hardship and neglect, but will Rome be any different?

I'm going to be very blunt here, I wasn't sure I was expecting much more from this book, than a light fluffy romance, that would just be a summer read, but this book was so much more, the rollercoaster of feelings that I experienced actually shocked me, I honestly wasn't expecting that much warmth, and heart in this book, but it was all there and so much more! But being the greedy person I am I would have enjoyed a few more details, but that didn't detract from the story.

This is the first book I have ever read by Samantha Tonge, and I would certainly read books by her again, as I enjoyed her writing style and the plot did spark my desire to watch Shirley Valentine again.

I give One Summer in Rome 5 stars! And all I'm left to say is, Well Done Ms. Tonge for an outstanding book! 

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

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