Paperback: 317 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction
Publisher: Orion 2022
Source: Tywyn Public Library
First Sentence: A girl in a white dress was standing beside the fountain in the main piazza of Montenello.
Review Quote: Nicky Pellegrino is the absolute queen of books that can make you comfortable and happy....a writer who can create books like this is a necessity in life....pure joy to read ― Claire Mabey, Radio New Zealand.
My Opinion: As an Italophile, plus having lived in Italy I am always looking for a novel that will transport me back there. Nicky Pellegrino's writing does that and always provides me with the perfect escapism read. 'To Italy, with Love' is the sixth of her books that I have read. With the return of previous places and people she has introduced the reader to before in 'A Dream of Italy' (though please note you do not need to have read it first), this one felt very familiar.
The two main characters are Sarah Jane, a young English girl, on a road trip around Italy hoping to heal a broken heart. Circumstances lead her to find herself stranded in the village of Montenello where she makes friends with Assunta an older local lady that shares her love of food.
An uplifting tale of life in Italy, recommended to anyone that's wants to be transported to another way of life for a few hours. A really delightful read.
Nicky Pellegrino was born in Liverpool but spent childhood summers staying with her family in southern Italy. A shy, tall, gingery child she never really fitted in with her exuberant Italian cousins and had a tendency to stay quiet and observe things. When Nicky started writing fiction it was her memories of those summers in Italy that came flooding back and flavoured her stories: the passions, the feuds but most of all the food.
Nicky now lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband Carne plus a menagerie of dogs and horses. She works as a freelance journalist and her novels are distributed in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and have been translated into numerous languages.
She loves cooking for friends, drinking red wine, walking on New Zealand’s amazing beaches, riding her horse through the forest and lying in bed reading other people’s novels.
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