Some weeks ago now I came across this challenge and decided that I would not participate. Having read so many good and bad books over the years set in Italy I decided I had, had enough!
This opinion changed recently when I realised that I already had two books lined up that I want to read and review, suitable for the challenge which I needed an excuse to buy. Now I have one. Also while scouring the bookshops in the UK recently I found a title to get me started if I decided to join in after all.
So here I am with thanks to Brighton Blogger of Book After Book for her inspiration for this challenge, which you can find out all about over on her blog in the post. Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011
The January post with a list of books that people are reading has already been posted. January Reviews
I have only just started reading my choice for this month which is :-
Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Product Description from Amazon.co.uk
From the bestselling Irish novelist, here comes a sweeping tale of consequences that spans from the 1930s to the 1990s. "Last Train from Liguria" takes us on a journey from claustrophobic Dublin and the tense formality of London, to the heat and bustle of the pre-war Italian Riviera. This is a must-read for fans of books by Rose Tremain and Helen Dunmore. In 1933, Bella Stuart leaves her quiet London life to move to Italy to tutor the child of a beautiful Jewish heiress and an elderly Italian aristocrat. Living at the family's summer home, Bella's reserve softens as she comes to love her young charge, and find friendship with Maestro Edward, his enigmatic music teacher. But as the decade draws to an end and fascism tightens its grip on Europe, the fact that Alec is Jewish places his life in grave danger. Bella and Edward take the boy on a terrifying train journey out of Italy - one they have no reason to believe any of them will survive...