But what they encounter in Tuscany is far more distracting than Gemma expected: a crumbling old villa and a town divided. Half the residents believe that Ben Raphael, another American, is the rightful inheritor of the villa. As cultures clash, gossip soars and intrigue unfolds. Gemma is caught up in the most disturbing and delicious trouble she's ever had. And her summer in Tuscany will change her outlook and her life forever.
©2002 Elizabeth Adler; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The audio medium is probably the best way to absorb this collection....Valuable and well-performed." (Publishers Weekly)
Somehow I was expecting "Under the Tuscan Sun," and instead got a shallow, predictable, cliche-ridden romance novel, read aloud in a grating, irritating voice. I tried to stick with this novel, hoping it would lead somewhere other than down this sorry path, but I finally gave up before the end of Part One; I decided I had better ways to spend my time.
I tried to get through it, put it down and downloaded the second half after several months. What a piece of junk. The reader was extremely irritating, and the plot was ridiculous. It sounded like the author read a few travel books, then churned out this weightless drivel. This is no better than a Harlequin Romance.
"The greatest thief is a terrible book," and this one robbed me blind. I was expecting something, anything, and all I got was a ridiculous waste of a read. Don't bother.
A delightful 'read'. I swear I could smell the air, taste the food; and now I want to pack my bags, say 'ciao', and head for Tuscany. I delighted in the small comical turns that Gemma encountered; and I think I've met her mother at least once.
Celeste Lawson's reading of this book is graceful and charming. And now I want more Elizabeth Adler books!
Hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote Fortune is a woman, or Property of a Lady or several other meaty good reads. Please write one of those again. They are not even available in audio!
I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
Romantic Italian interlude
Probably not because I found the main character hard to like. Gemma pines after her lost love and can't let a new love in, but in a whining manner that is very annoying instead of endearing. The fact that he really was her true love, and a decent, good guy, is not at all apparent until the end of the book.
The narrator was great.
No, since I thought Gemma was a whiner.
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