Thursday, 10 July 2014

Books Read: Lucy Diamond - One Night in Italy

How do you say 'I love you' in Italian?

Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out.

Anna's recently been told the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking focaccia, whipping up tiramisu and swotting up on her vocabulary, determined to make it to Italy so she can find him in person.

Catherine's husband has walked out on her, and she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she'll need courage as well as friends when she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.

Sophie's the teacher of the class, who'd much rather be back in sunny Sorrento. She can't wait to escape the tensions at home and go travelling again. But sometimes life - and love - can surprise you when you least expect it.

As the evening class gets underway, friendships form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it's going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.

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I must admit that when I first heard the title of Lucy Diamond's latest novel, One Night in Italy, I was fully expecting to read a novel set predominantly in Italy but that's not the case... it is set mainly in Sheffield but as you start reading you soon discover where the links to Italy lie.

The story revolves around a group of students who meet at an evening class to learn Italian.  Sophie had been travelling abroad but returned home when her dad took ill, having loved living and working in Sorrento she soon finds herself a job teaching a beginners course of Italian.

Catherine's world came crumbling down around her when her husband leaves her shortly after her children left for university, having her life revolve around her family all these years she now has to discover what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

Journalist Anna works at the local paper decides to sign up for the course as she's on a mission, she wants to learn Italian as she's recently discovered that her father who she's never known may actually be Italian.

Three very different women who despite all their differences soon form a bond, as well as bonds with some of their fellow classmates, that will see them becoming good friends who will be there for each other when things get tough...

One Night in Italy is a fast paced story that draws you in, if you're anything like me you'll find yourself rooting for them and hoping that everything turns out alright in the end as well as hoping that certain characters get their comeuppance.

A real gem of a story that combines language, food and of course there's a touch of romance too, what more could a girl want?

I'd like to thank Becky at Pan Macmillan for sending me a proof copy of this book to review.  

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