Many of my friends are too serious. They don’t already read novels about women at any age who live across the ocean or somewhere in Great Britain and they come to Italy and re-discover life and find love. They think such books are not for them because they prefer psychological books about spiritual self-development, for instance. Love romances described in a novel are under their level and they cannot even think about stumbling upon them. Oh, Gosh. 🙂 I am not so serious and so modern as they are. My opinion is just on the opposite side. I think love books enrich you by reading about others who manage to change their life owing to travels and accident meetings. Such books are by Nicky Pellegrino which I found accidently some months ago. So, here are only three of the titles which I have already read.
“The Villa Girls”: It tells the story of four maidens who reach a decision to meet every few years for a vacation together at a sunny place and no obstacles could make them break the promise. They choose southern Italy for their holiday where they recover, celebrate and get rid of stress of daily life.
Actually, the three girls invite Rosie – the ‘fourth musketeer’ – because they feel sorry for her and namely this girl’s life changes completely during the villa days. She meets Enzo who is the eldest son of an oil olive dynasty in southern Italy. He is the inheritor of the family’s business and is supposed to continue his parents’ olive oil business.
Rosie and Enzo fall in love and live out a summer love affair. Unfortunately, their romance ends because of a deeply hidden secret and something really very serious that happens during their stay in the olive garden and house of Enzo’s family.
Years pass. The four young girls’ life takes them in very different directions. Despite all this, Rosie and Enzo’s love is the same and unchanged. Now they should decide what compromises to make and what they could do for the sake of love.
“The Italian Wedding”: This book is somehow a continuation of the previous one because it tells the story of the other two villa girls – the two sisters Martinelli (Pieta and Adolorata). Pieta is a fashion designer who should prepare Adolorata’s wedding gown.
Their family is the typical Italian one due to their Italian papà who is an owner of an Italian restaurant in London – “Little Italy”. They love one another but they fight too much at the same time. Eating and cooking are in the centre of their life. And of course, the parents hide some mysteries which Pieta reveals step-by-step while stitching and beading her sister’s wedding gown.
The two sisters get to know their parents’ love story in southern Italy and the reasons why their beloved papà Beppi has been ignoring another Italian in the neighbourhood all his life. The answer to this question is the key that opens the door to Pieta’s happiness with the son of his father’s greatest enemy.
“One Summer in Venice”: Adolrata’s mid-life is the plot of the book. She is not in crises and why should she be? She has everything she has dreamt of and wanted in her life. She has a husband and child as well as business of her own. “Little Italy” is the place where her love for food flourishes on a daily basis until the day when it is slated by one food reviewer. She cannot overcome this review on her restaurant and she needs to recover somehow.
Her cure is Pieta’s present. Adolorata is sent on a one-week vacation in Venice by her sister. Yes but this one week turns into one summer in Serenissima. The middle-aged lady finds a very interesting friend there – a Venetian countess who helps her make a happiness project. Tango dances in the moonlight, food and wine at small local Venetian restaurants accompany Adolorata during her stay. Finally, all this leads her to the much longed for happiness, i.e. the preparation of the list of the ten things that make her happy.