Review: Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas

Posted June 10, 2021 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments

Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas
Published by Corgi on June 10, 2021
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Arc
Source: Netgalley
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From the bestselling author of Escape to the French Farmhouse comes a deliciously feel-good story about making your dreams come true, set in sun-kissed southern Italy.

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A summer escape she'll never forget . . .

Lucia has worked hard as a lawyer in Wales, aiming for a big promotion she hopes will shortly come her way. Finally taking a well-earned break at her grandparents' house in southern Italy, the sunshine, lemon trees and her nonna's mouth-watering cooking make her instantly feel at home.

But she's shocked to learn that her grandfather is retiring from the beloved family pizzeria and will need to sell. Lucia can't bear the thought of the place changing hands - especially when she discovers her not-quite-ex-husband Giacomo wants to take it over!

Then bad news from home forces Lucia to re-evaluate what she wants from life. Is this her chance to carry on the family tradition and finally follow her dreams?

Perfect escapism from the author of Escape to the French Farmhouse and The Honey Farm on the Hill.

Praise for Jo Thomas
'Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned' Milly Johnson
'The characters went straight to my heart' Katie Fforde
'A sparkling, heartwarming hug of a story' Miranda Dickinson
'Like the very best kind of holiday' Lucy Diamond

Chasing the Italian Dream was a dream to read. It was set in one of my favourite places in the world and there was a lot of pizza involved. For someone who knows how good pizza is in Italy this book had me drooling.

I was hooked from the start and I honestly devoured this book. I fell hard for the characters, Lucia and Giacomo and their relationship, the teams at the Pizzeria. And particular Nonna and her network of other Nonna’s. She was the star of the book and one of my favourites with her stealthy methods of getting around Nonno.

Lucia is our main girl and she is devastated when her Nonno announces his retirement. This big announcement causes her to view her own life and see if there is anything she would change. Throughout she meets some amazing people, who with a bit of help also manage to make a change in their life.

I easily felt that I could have spend the week in southern Italy, learning about the traditions of being a pizzeria expert and how to change those traditions. To find out more about Lucia and her family. The book ended far to quickly for me and I was super sad when I turned the last page.

Chasing the Italian Dream was a delight to read. It transported to me to sunny Italy and lifted my spirits. I cannot wait to read this again and see what else Jo Thomas comes up with.

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