#BlogBlitz #Review: One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #OneSummerInRome #Netgalley
Release date - 9th May 2018
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - HQ Digital
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Rachel from www.rachelsrandomresources.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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…
A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.
Oh man ONE SUMMER IN ROME by Samantha Tonge really touched my heart and I fell in love with Rome, and the Rossi family, and the vulnerable and compassionate Mary Smith who is everything you would want in a friend and family member.
Mary doesn't know what it feels like to belong, to be a part of a family, having grown up in different foster care homes all through her childhood. So when her boyfriend decides to leave her behind, Mary isn't surprised but this time it pushes her to take a chance at her own adventure and so she finds herself with a one-way ticket to Rome where a waitressing job awaits her. Rome is everything she dreamed of and more, and most members of the Rossi family that own the restaurant where she works and lives make her feel like part of the family. If only the handsome brooding chef, Dante, could let down his guard a little, maybe they could be friends ... or more. But Mary isn't the only person carrying baggage from their past and as the tourist season picks up with serious competition from a new restaurant, will this summer be the only one for Mary to find out who she really is and what she wants from life, in the magical ambience of Italy?
I have only travelled to Rome once but the exquisite descriptions of this magnificent city really brought it back to life for me and made me want to book a flight there as soon as possible. The characters are completely loveable as they try to work their way through all of the emotions and heartache of the past and present, and I desperately wanted them all to find happiness and realise their own strength. The food, the settings, the sights, the smells are all excellently depicted and made my mouth water on more than one occasion and as Mary, Dante, and the entire Rossi clan opened up throughout these pages, I definitely found myself with a tear in my eye many a time.
ONE SUMMER IN ROME by Samantha Tonge is not the first book that I have read from this talented author but it is certainly my favourite and I really hope this is not the last that we see of Mary Smith and the magic of Rome. An excellent contemporary story with plenty of romance and emotion to tug at your heartstrings.
Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it's a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. She has sold over 80 stories to women's magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, "Doubting Abbey", was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones won the 2015 Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category and was a Top Ten Kindle UK bestseller, as was her 2016 novel Breakfast under a Cornish Sun, published by HQDigtial, HarperCollins .
For more information:
Website - samanthatonge.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook - www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor/
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