Rome is Where the Heart is – Tilly Tennant

About Rome is Where the Heart is

Published: 9th March 2017 (Bookouture)Rome is where the heart is

Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin…

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

My Review

Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book! I have binged a bit on crime/police procedural novels so I needed some pleasant escapism – and Rome is Where the Heart is gave me that in bucket loads. I was first introduced to Tennant’s writing with The Little Village Bakery and this book continues with the same wonderful, warm writing with likeable characters.

Kate has been cruelly dumped by her husband on Friday the 13th, Matt is all she has ever known as they were best friends and childhood sweethearts so this is particularly tough on Kate. Upon the finalisation of the divorce, Kate decides to do something crazy and out of character so books a week away to Rome….alone! As soon as she arrives in Italy, Kate meets Jamie who saves her from being swindled by a taxi driver. Jamie is on a business trip from America and they quickly form a friendship. I adored Jamie, everyone needs a Jamie in their lives!!

I won’t spoil how it happens but Kate later also meets the charming and terribly good-looking Alessandro who makes her begin to believe that there is life after Matt….even if it’s only for a few days whilst living the dream in Italy.

Rome is Where the Heart is has made me want to visit Rome (even more than I did before) and is pure escapism, the romance of potentially finding the love of your life during a chance meeting in a foreign country is wonderful. I just couldn’t put it down. I loved Kate, Jamie and Alessandro – these characters soon begin to feel like your friends. This book explores finding love again and family bonds as Kate’s sisters are fiercely protective over her…as are Alessandro’s five sisters and the head of the family, Signora Conti.

I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately moved onto the second book in the ‘From Italy with love’ series, A Wedding in Italy and it’s not often that I will read books from the same series back to back – but I just had to find out what happens with Kate, Alessandro and Jamie. Look out for my review of book 2!

About Tilly Tennant

23776_1435621208482_8239110_nTilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her tenth Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at

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