#aww2018 · 2018 Reviews · historical fiction · Italy · World War II

Book Review: The Sweet Hills of Florence by Jan Wallace Dickinson

Title: The Sweet Hills of Florence Author: Jan Wallace Dickinson Published: February 2018 Publisher: Hybrid Publishers Genres: Fiction, Historical RRP: $32.95 Pages: 400 Rating: 4 stars 1941. Florence, city of strife. It is Hitler’s state visit to Florence and the last of the good times for Mussolini. From now on, he and his lover Clara will cling more closely together, ever more dependent… Continue reading Book Review: The Sweet Hills of Florence by Jan Wallace Dickinson

2018 Reviews · contemporary fiction · culture · Italy · new release · women's fiction

New Release Book Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Title: Women in Sunlight Author: Frances Mayes Published: April 2nd 2018 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 448 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Culture, Italy, Women’s Fiction RRP: $32.99 Rating: 3.5 stars The new novel from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun tells the story of four American women who become unexpected friends when they move to a beautiful villa in Tuscany. She watches from her terrazza as… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

#aww2018 · 2018 Reviews · Australian · contemporary fiction · Italy · new release · romance · Uncategorized

New Release Book Review: Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon

Title: Three Gold Coins Author: Josephine Moon Published: March 21st 2018 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 400 Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary RRP: $29.99 Rating: 5 stars One coin for love, one for marriage, one to return to Rome. Two days ago, Lara Foxleigh tossed three gold euros into the Trevi Fountain. Now, she is caring for a cranky old man and living in a picturesque villa,… Continue reading New Release Book Review: Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon

2017 Reviews · historical fiction · Italy · translation · Uncategorized

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Title: My Brilliant Friend Author: Elena Ferrante Published:  26 March 2015 Publisher: Text Publishing Pages: 336 Genres:  Fiction,  Historical, Cultural  –  Italty, Translation RRP: $22.99 Rating: 3 stars A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to… Continue reading Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

2017 Reviews · Beauty and Lace review · historical fiction · Italy

Beauty & Lace Book Review: The Liberation by Kate Furnivall

Title: The Liberation Author: Kate Furnivall Published: November 3rd 2016 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia Pages: 560 Genres: Fiction, Historical, War RRP: $19.95 Rating: 4 stars Italy, 1945: as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated cities, its population fights each other to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her mother has abandoned them already and… Continue reading Beauty & Lace Book Review: The Liberation by Kate Furnivall

2016 Reviews · Australian · contemporary fiction · Italy · romance

Book Review: The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale

Book blurb: Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents… Continue reading Book Review: The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale