Published: 14th April 2017 (Bookouture)
Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to finding love, there’s no place like Rome…
Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo.
All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material.
With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?
A Wedding in Italy is the follow up to Rome is Where the Heart is (which I absolutely adored!) and we are back in Rome finding out how Kate is settling into her new home.
I felt that Rome is Where the Heart is was centred around Kate and Alessandro, whereas A Wedding in Italy is focused more on Kate and her interaction with the Conti family, trying to form relationships and learn Italian. We pick up with Kate whilst she is searching for a job to make her life in Italy more secure whilst she is attempting to get her dressmaking business off the ground. Aside from Alessandro, Kate is being supported by his sisters Lucetta and Abelie however Maria is still being frosty (to say the least!) and Orazia is still attempting to steal Alessandro away from Kate.
In this instalment, Lucetta is getting married (in book 1 Kate first met Lucetta properly when making alterations to her wedding dress as a favour to Alessandro and formed a strong friendship with her). This means that Kate is meeting a lot of the family in one go and also having to help all the sisters with the final preparations which she is not relishing due to Maria (and of course Orazia getting herself involved like one of the family).
I was thrilled to find that Jamie, Kate’s American friend, was back both via FaceTime and in person. As were Kate’s sisters, Anna and Lily. Whilst the first book shared the tourist side of Rome, this one certainly settled more into the Italian way of life.
A Wedding in Italy has the same warmth in the narrative and the wonderful descriptions of Italy that transport you away. Most definitely one to be read after Rome is Where the Heart (which is absolutely no hardship!) to really understand how much Kate’s life has changed and the initial challenges she has faced. I’ll be honest, I did prefer the first book purely because I was lost in the romance of Kate and Alessandro however this is also an enjoyable read – one that would work exceptionally well as a holiday read somewhere hot!
Tilly 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 www.tillytennant.com