2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · contemporary fiction · Italy · romance · Uncategorized · women's fiction

Book Broadcast: The Rome Affair by Karen Swan


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

The glamorous capital city of Italy is brought to startling life in The Rome Affair, athe rome affair small.jpg compelling novel by Karen Swan.

1974 and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At twenty-six, she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can’t change it.

2017 and Francesca Hackett is living la dolce vita in Rome, leading tourist groups around the Eternal City and forgetting the ghosts she left behind in London. When she finds a stolen designer handbag in her dustbin and returns it, she is brought into the orbit of her grand neighbour who lives across the piazza – famed socialite Viscontessa Elena dei Damiani Pignatelli della Mirandola. Though the purse is stolen, Elena greets the return of the bag with exultation for it contains an unopened letter written by her husband on his deathbed, twelve years earlier.

Mutually intrigued by each other, the two women agree to collaborate on a project, with Cesca interviewing Elena for her memoirs. As summer unfurls, Elena tells her sensational stories, leaving Cesca in her thrall. But when a priceless diamond ring found in an ancient tunnel below the city streets is ascribed to Elena, Cesca begins to suspect a shocking secret at the heart of Elena’s life.

The Rome Affair by Karen Swan, came to me via a loan from my guest reviewer, Mrs R. After I enjoyed reading Swan’s latest Christmas themed release, The Christmas Secret, I discovered the blurb of The Rome Affair in the back of my copy of The Christmas Secret. The synopsis seemed to speak to me and after thoroughly enjoying my last read by Karen Swan, I was keen to catch up on her previous releases. The Rome Affair is a wonderful tribute to Rome, a city I have visited in the past and this book definitely conjured some fantastic memories of my short jaunt at this historic European destination. The Rome Affair features an appealing modern day romance story of a tour guide operating in Rome. It is also a dual time narrative, which includes a historic romance and a hint of mystery for the reader to uncover. The added bonus of an unlikely friendship that sparks between the two leads, tour guide Cesca and a Viscontessa, really makes this an absorbing tale from start to finish. Unfortunately, my review pile is slightly overwhelming at present, so I am unable to complete a full scale review of this book. I implore you to seek this perfect summer read out if you are a fan of Swan’s work, or you simply enjoy a straight forward love story.

The Rome Affair by Karen Swan was published on 26th April 2017 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.


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