Title: Rome in Love
Author: Anita Hughes
320 pages, published August 4, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
When Amelia Tate is
cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she
feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend,
is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in
beautiful Rome for the next two months.
Once there, she
befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the
city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to
offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting
career, her perfect world begins to crumble.
While moping in her
hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey
Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets
Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a
hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The
problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true
identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can
Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted,
or will she be forced to choose again?
This book had elements of so many things I love--Italy, Audrey Hepburn, romance--so I was excited to read this book. However, I didn't end up loving it as much as I'd hoped. Let me begin with what I did enjoy about the book--the setting. The author did a great job of describing Rome and making me feel like I was really there, and making me REALLY want to be there! I could almost taste the yummy pasta and cappuccinos. I did enjoy Amelia as a character as well, I was definitely rooting for her success throughout the book.
What I didn't like was that I felt the story was a bit too over the top. It certainly had potential, but some of it was a bit too much for me. Normally this doesn't bother me in books but for this one it just didn't work. I liked that the author was trying to create parallels in Amelia's story and Audrey Hepburn's life in the letters Amelia finds, and literally a retelling of Roman Holiday itself,but...it was too over the top for me.
Rome in Love is definitely a charming book that I feel many readers will love, but it just wasn't my cup of tea!
Overall rating for "Rome in Love": 3 stars