Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas @jo_thomas01 @TransworldBooks #NetGalley #BookReview

Chasing the Italian Dream: Escape and unwind with bestselling author Jo Thomas by [Jo Thomas]


A summer escape she’ll never forget . . .

Lucia has worked hard as a lawyer in Wales, aiming for a big promotion she hopes will shortly come her way. Finally taking a well-earned break at her grandparents’ house in southern Italy, the sunshine, lemon trees and her nonna’s mouth-watering cooking make her instantly feel at home.

But she’s shocked to learn that her grandfather is retiring from the beloved family pizzeria and will need to sell. Lucia can’t bear the thought of the place changing hands – especially when she discovers her not-quite-ex-husband Giacomo wants to take it over!

Then bad news from home forces Lucia to re-evaluate what she wants from life. Is this her chance to carry on the family tradition and finally follow her dreams?


Chasing the Italian Dream


What a lovely uplifting story this is! I fell in love with Italy, the pizzeria and Lucia’s family. Lucia had never really felt Italian, being raised in Wales, but never felt welch either, having Italian parents. Wherever she was, she felt like an outsider. Lucia had married Giacomo, whose family also had a pizzeria in the next town. Wow, did he make me weak at the knees! This man just made me smile on every page.

By birthright, the pizzeria should have been handed down to Lucia’s father, but he had tragically died and has it was only men that cooked the pizzas, her grandfather said he would have to sell his restaurant. Lucia was holidaying at her grandparents when her not yet divorced husband turned up wanting to take the restaurant over. Lucia stepped in with an unthinkable solution. Now, the kitchen would heat up!

I am smiling from ear to ear while writing this review, what a lovely warm and truly delicious story this is. I liked getting to know the extended community, especially the women, but nonna was extra special. Nonna had a sparkle in her that kept her young with a sprinkle of mischief thrown in. Nonna was one of my top characters in the story.

It is a story of tradition, honour, family and love, and it is beautiful. I like a book that can give me butterflies, and this story did just that. A lovely ending with a contented smile and sigh from me. Pure joy!

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show.

In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in Pembrokeshire with her husband and three children.

Twitter: @jo_thomas01

Chasing the Italian Dream: Escape and unwind with bestselling author Jo Thomas by [Jo Thomas]

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