Book Review: One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge

One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge
Publisher: HQ Digital
Release Date: 9th May 2018
Buy: Kindle

To Rome…with love?

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…

Mary Smith has had a pretty rubbishy life up until now. Going into care when she was a child and living with all manner of different foster homes has taken it's toll and made Mary feel as though she never really fitted in anywhere.
To add insult to injury her boyfriend has just dumped her so he can go and live in Dubai. But what does Mary do? Does she mope around in a heap of soggy tissues? Absolutely not. Like any strong-willed young lady, she decides she needs a fresh start...And when that fresh starts comes in to shape of working in a pizza restaurant in Rome that can never be a bad thing.
Mary doesn't look back as she books a one-way ticket to Italy and sets about starting her life afresh. She is certain she has done the right thing when she meets the owners of the La Dolce Vita, the Rossi's. They are a lovely family who welcome Mary with open arms (well, almost all of them do...Dante *cough*)
Mary loves the sights & experiences of living and working in a place as beautiful as Rome, but working in such a renowned pizza restaurant comes with its own challenges...Can the establishment stay on the famous Lombardi List? And then there's Dante to deal with...
I was like a big kid at Christmas when I got my hands on Samantha Tonge's latest novel. I absolutely adore her books and she is hands-down one of my favourite writers. Naturally, I had very high expectations for One Summer in Rome - not only because it was written by the wonderful Sam, but also because it was based in Rome - a place I am desperate to visit one day...
So did Samantha's latest release live up to my (ridiculously high) expectations? ABSOLUTELY.
I loved pretty much everything about this book, from the characters, to the story-line, to the idyllic sounding location. It was perfection in book form and I really want to take a trip back to La Dolce Vita and sample some of those pizza's for myself *drool*
Mary made for a wonderful lead character. She was brave and pretty kick-ass, which I always admire in a protagonist. It was wonderful joining her along for the ride as she went on a journey of self-discovery. I warmed to her really quickly and I felt as though we were the best of friends as I neared the end of the story. It's always really powerful when an author can create a character that has this effect on you. I genuinely cared about Mary and wanted the best for her.

Now on to the setting. Wowza. Can someone buy me a ticket to Rome, please? Samantha really brought this beautiful location to life for me. The beautiful scenery, the attractions, the sunshine...THE FOOD. Warning: Don't read this book if you are hungry, You will be craving pizza like crazy after reading Samantha's mouth-watering descriptions.
Whilst I've never been to Rome, it was amazing to experience it throughout the pages of this story, Samantha has clearly put a lot of research into the gorgeous location and she brings it to life with her writing so seamlessly.

If you're looking for an uplifiting, feel-good, cracker of a novel with characters to fall in love with and a story-line to really get your teeth into then look no further than One Summer in Rome. Beautifully written, this is a delightful taste of Italy & I challenge you not to want to take a bite...and then promptly gobble up the whole novel in one sitting.


A huge thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to review.

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