Book Review: Rome Is Where the Heart Is (From Italy With Love #1) by Tilly Tennant

Rome Is Where The Heart Is by Tilly Tennant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Bookouture

Summary:   Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

Fall in love with the colourful cafes and the cobbled piazzas of Rome and follow Kate’s dreams and her heart in this enchanting escapist read. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carol Matthews.

When you can't just jet off to Rome a little vicarious escape is to be had in a book. It was a rainy, chilly spring week where I am so following Kate's trip to Rome and meeting Alessandro was fun. This wasn't the most immersive story if you're looking for something akin to a travelogue but as breezy romances go, this fit nicely. I enjoyed watching Kate recuperate from her divorce and open up quite a lot on her excursion. In addition to romance and friendship Kate also experiences a bit of culture clash which she navigates as gracefully as she can with varying degrees of success. When faced with challenges she pushed forward and displayed openness (sometimes too much), warmth and humor.

New friend, Jamie was a bit cliche but well used in the story (he's not the only guy in the story this happened to; I'm looking at you, Matt). I also enjoyed that sisters and sibling relationships played a large part of the story for both Kate and Alessandro. I'm a singleton so I often find reading about the sibling thing fascinating. Points also on the cover. It's cheerful and perfectly eye-catching. My only quibble is it was a shame that the woman on the cover isn't the red-head Kate is described as in the book.

This is my first read by Tilly Tennant but I'm sure not my last. Apparently there's a sequel to this one so it'll likely be that one. Recommended especially if you're in need of a little romance in your busy week.

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