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When Michelle Damiani dreamed of living in Italy, she imagined her family as it was in Virginia - her husband filling every moment with work, her teenage son experimenting with sarcasm, her daughter smiling at the scent of lilacs, her baby-cheeked son methodically clicking Legos together, and herself hovering over the happiness of them all - only surrounded by ancient cobblestone alleys and the sound of ringing Italian. What she didn't know was how Italy would work to change them all.

©2015 Michelle Damiani (P)2018 Tantor

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Wonderful book

I loved this book and the narrator did a great job. What a warm and winsome story. I wish I had read/heard this book before we visited Spello.

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Take me back to Italy

This book caused me to start dreaming again of living in Italy and truly taking my fluency to a higher level

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Honestly, I’m not sure where I stand with this audio book. I flipped flopped so many times between thinking the writing was bad to thinking it was the narration was the problem. Ultimately, it was probably a little bit of both. I stuck through it because I had never found a autobiography like this where a whole family that moves abroad. Typically, it’s the experience is of a single person or married couple. Overall, her writing is a bit much. She’s repetitive in the description of the food and boy does she love her similes. Some parts were so cheesy that I couldn’t control my eye roll and the not so subtle words that would come out of my mouth. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend this to anyone, but I don’t regret sticking it out to the end. It definitely could’ve been like 5 hours shorter, if not more. If you’re feeling like giving it a go, you’ve been warned. It probably won’t be the biggest waste of your time, but also be ready to ask yourself out loud (multiple times) why you’re still listening to it.

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Extremely light weight on all levels.

Extremely light weight on all levels. Somewhat pleasurable, evoking the silly pretty side of Italy. But, on the whole, pathetic. I could not finish it.

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I’ll Bel Centro

My husband and I absolutely loved this book. For those of us lucky enough to go to Italy, this book brings back much loved memories...thank you