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Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel

August 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Hachette Book Group for the chance to review this book!

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Thirty-four-year-old Manhattan accountant Cat Connelly has always lived life on the safe side. But after her little sister gets married, Cat wonders if she has condemned herself to a life of boredom by playing by the rules. She decides to take a chance for once, accepting an invitation to spend a month with an old flame in Italy. But her reunion with the slick and gorgeous Francesco is short-lived, and she finds herself suddenly alone in Rome. Now, she must see if she has the courage to live outside the lines for the first time – and to face a past she never understood. It will take an unexpected friendship with a fiery Italian waitress, a whirlwind Vespa tour of the Eternal City with a handsome stranger, and a surprise encounter with an old acquaintance to show Cat that life doesn’t always work out the way you expect, but sometimes you have to have fall in order to fly.

I was surprised just how into this book I got.  For chick lit type books I normally can pick it up and put it down as I have time to read but this one kept me going up until the end even though it meant staying up late to finish reading it.  The opening chapter was hilarious (in a glad it wasn’t me way) as we see Cat’s grandmother embarrass Cat at her younger sister’s wedding by wondering aloud why Cat is not married at the spinster age of 34.  At her sister’s wedding reception she also meets a handsome restaurant owner who seems like the perfect match for her until their date is interrupted by a phone call from his mother-in-law about his daughter!  This spurs her to take off on a trip to Italy.  This book was filled with humor, sadness and romance.  I could not wait to see who Cat was going to end up with if anyone.   A truly wonderful read!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Chick Lit, Romance

8 Responses

  1. Trisha

    Did you not love this book? I literally sighed when I put this book down. Here is my review:

    Great review. :)

  2. Lori

    I already have this book on my TBR list but this review, and Trisha’s, makes me want to read it even more!

  3. dsuzuki

    Thanks Trisha!
    Lori-you should definitely read it!

  4. Pam

    Cute! I keep reading fun reviews of this. I’m glad it caught your full attention. :)

  5. Kelly B

    I have read some great reviews for this. Debbie, you have made it concrete! Tot to get this book!

  6. Jessica

    I’m SO excited to read this one especially since I just got home from studying in Rome!

  7. Michelle

    Kristin Harmel is my favorite chick lit author. I’ve read all her books in this genre and loved each of them (though Blonde Theory was my least fav because it was a bit more predictable). My fav of hers is How to Sleep with a Movie Star you should definitely read it….it’s fun and totally fluffy entertainment.

  8. dsuzuki

    Kelly-hope you enjoy it!
    Jessica-how exciting you are going to study in Rome!
    Michelle-Thanks! This is my first book by her. I just added How to Sleep With a Movie Star to my GoodReads TBR list.

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