Holiday reads – One Night in Italy

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When I spotted this book title on my Nook I knew it would be a perfect (and topical!) holiday read!

In the end it turned out to be mainly set in the UK, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all.

I love my Nook for holidays. I read a lot on holiday so it saves on luggage allowance (my minimum 6 books weigh quite heavy, I could use that space for shoes instead) and it also means I have lots of choice in case I start something that turns out to be a bit naff.

I much prefer books in every day life, but for convenience my Nook is brilliant.

So, back to the book. It starts with the prologue – a flashback to a woman in Italy on holiday, flirting with a man. Back in the present day the book’s main characters are Anna, a journalist who is looking for the father she never knew; Catherine, a family orientated housewife who’s in for a very big surprise; and Sophie who, at the beginning of the book, is living and working in Sorrento.

As usual in feel good chick lit like this the lives of the three characters become very intertwined, despite their differences in age and character. They all end up at an Italian evrning class, with different individual connections to Italy. There’s someone for everyone to relate to – Sophie is mid 20s, Anna early 30s and Catherine late 30s, and they’re all really likable. They have their faults, especially Sophie who – at the beginning – seems rather a spoilt and selfish brat but as their stories unfold you see there’s more than meets the eye to all of them, and you really are rooting for them all to get the ending they deserve.

With each character also having a sub plot as well as the main connection that brings them altogether this is a heartwarming easy read that’s just perfect for whiling away the hours.

I’ve read other novels by Lucy Diamond and enjoy her writing, I’ll definitely read more of her books in the future.

Oh, and the prologue to “One Night in Italy” is mis-leading; that’s all I’ll say!

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