How do you say 'I love you' in Italian? Anna's knows the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking focaccia and learning the language, determined to go and find him. After Catherine's husband walked out on her, and she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.
As their Italian evening class gets underway, friendships form and love affairs blossom; it's going to be a year that they will never forget.
©2014 Lucy Diamond (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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"Far to many main characters."
To many stories vying for the tops spot, it was like five short stories made into one book, I had no idea who the lead character was as they had no real strengths.
Nice to hear a Yorkshire accent
the long lost dad, either have him in the story line properly or not at all
"Hang on in there"
I was dubious about this title after reading some of the reviews however stick with it. The first few chapters you meet a lot of different characters all with their own stories completely unrelated however do not stop reading it does all tie together and you find yourself laughing, cringing and genuinely getting sucked into the story
The narrator has a lovely voice
Anna and her search for her father
This was my 1st Geraldine performance
No probably not, but that's not unusual for me
Found the Yorkshire accent strange at first bit soon helped set the scene and I began to enjoy it, the story across the ages and life's of characters kept me
The accident of the elderly lady and the class response
The meal out with the handsome collegue
Love across the class room
A superb listen , hooked from the start.
I was unsure at the start but got hooked after the first chapter. It was pacy and funny. I finished it in 3 days. Would recommend.
"Various plot lines kept interest all along"
A light, interesting, human interest story, lots of different, believable lives intertwining. Identified with one or other all the way along. I don't know the narrator but found her difficulty with maintaining accents for different characters a little disappointing and mispronunciation of words like zabaglione when narrating as an Italian frustrating. However, it's a long book to be reading aloud and I am glad it was her not me! Enjoyed the book and liked the characterisation.
"Lightweight book - Not well performed"
The story is quite interesting and characters good but the performance was patchy particularly the pauses in sentences which often completely changed the meaning of a phrase or passage. I found this quite difficult to ignore and it spoiled my enjoyment of the book. The story itself was entertaining although predictable. I think it would be a good holiday read.
The ending was as expected but rounded off the plot nicely
As stated previously, the pauses in sentences were all wrong and changed the meaning of paragraphs. This should have been better edited.
The reader really should have taken the trouble to find out how to pronounce the Italian words in the book. There really aren't that many. One of the reasons I chose this book is because I'm an Italophile so it's wince-inducing when I hear 'Natale' (Christmas) pronounced 'NAT-al-e' instead of 'Nat-AL-e' or 'una amica' pronounced 'una AM-ic-a' instead of 'un'am-I-ca'.
Also, I realise accents vary and they're all valid, but personally I find it hard to listen to someone who pronounces 'ing' words with a hard 'g'. That's just my own personal preference, of course.
It's a bit of a mess, plot-wise, with far too many apparently equal plot lines. I'd have cut one of them altogether, I think, and brought the missing father more to the forefront. The missing father is one of the reasons I bought this book!
I'm only half way through this, to be fair. Not sure if I'll finish it unless it picks up soon. It's the only book so far which I've bought through Audible that has me wondering about the returns policy.
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