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One Summer in Rome, Samantha Tonge

Book blurb

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…

My review

When I heard Sam had a new book out I was first in the queue. There’s just something about her writing that whether it’s set in Greece,  Rome or some other distant land she drags you, kicking and screaming, from the comfort of your own sofa and into another far flung location. There’s an awareness of all things cultural and an ability to set a scene that is Sam’s trademark. Match that with strong characters and quirky plots and you have a best seller…

Mary Smith is thrown out of her comfort zone and into Rome, more particularly as a waitress at a little pizza restaurant set in the most adorable Italian square. She meets the owner and other restaurant workers but is intrigued by the surly, uncommunicative but sexy as hell Dante. But he’s hiding a secret that could change everything. Not only that but, with the season about to launch and restaurant critics about to appear, there is a chance that their little slice of ‘the good life’ is going to prove unequal to the newer, brighter pizzerias. 

Bloody wonderful

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pre-order here or, if you’re a book reviewer it’s also on NetGalley 

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