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Italy Ever After

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This book was adorable and honestly kind of cheesy but the good kind of cheesy. The kind of cheese you eat while you drink a good glass of wine while reading a good book. This book was cheesy for sure but good. It definitely is a fluff read but if you're like me and into that, then this will be right up your alley.
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Not only is this cover bright and beautiful but so was the story. In these times of uncertain travel books are great escapism and this was exactly that. The descriptions and settings were really well done but the characters conversations did feel a little stale sometimes and a bit repetitive. 

I was sent this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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this was such an adorable book to read this summer! i loved getting the chance to read this early. thank you so much netgalley!!
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4.5 stars

To say I loved this book is an understatement.  I REALLY loved this book.  It is written beautifully, it has a great story and I have completely fallen in love with both Nick, Lou and Edie.  Not to mention the descriptions of northern Italy have me wanting to visit so badly.  I loved everything about this story.

Nick is a former child protege of all things music - the violin, the piano and singing.  But after suffering terrible stage fright, he settled into becoming a middle school music teacher in London.  Meet Edie - his youngest student that is terribly gifted with the violin.  And her mom, Lou - a very beautiful woman who is going through a divorce from her nasty husband, Phil.  Phil constantly puts down Lou and makes her doubt everything about her own worth.  But a three week trip to Italy for her daughters music camp totally changes her life.

This story is such a feel good story - I recommend it highly.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions stated above are mine without biases.
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Such an amazing read I loved the whole book. Getting lost in Lou's world and feeling every emotion with her over Phil and Nick this book most certainly draw's you in. Highly recommend! It's a book you don't want to put down in the anticipation of what's coming next. Should be on everyone's summer read list!
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This is the story of Lou and Nick, which is told over the course of 26 Chapters (+Epilogue). This story is intriguing from the start, the author really knows what to write in order to get the reader hooked. This opening is brilliant in the aspect that it gives the reader just enough information to keep them reading. 
The descriptions of the locations given throughout this book are really top notch to the point that readers are able to visualize the scenery.  The descriptions make the reader feel like they could be at these locations.
Readers be warned, this book gets emotional. Lou is on a journey following her divorce to get her life back. This journey is filled with twist and turns. Nick is also on his own journey, to face his past in Milan. Where these journey's cross is what the reader finds out. 
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was emotional for me, but I loved every minute. Although the book took me a hot minute to get addicted, it still kept me reading.
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This book took me away to another place.  I’m became a fan of this author from reading this book.  Good read. Really enjoyed this story. I will read more. Go read This now
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This was a great read and gave me all the feels! I want to go to Italy so badly and this just heightened the need.
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A wonderful story of how when your feeling unloved, unappreciated and totally down about life. A trip to Italy as a companion to a school music festival opens your eyes to new surroundings, love and a whole host of new beginnings. Loved it
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Sue Moorcroft and Jo Thomas fans will not want to miss Leonie Mack’s charming, witty and heart-warming new novel, Italy Ever After.

TV journalist Lou’s divorce from her husband Phil has left her with her confidence in complete and utter tatters. Lou has had the rug well and truly pulled out from under her feet and now she barely recognises herself any more. With her joie de vivre and sense of fun severely depleted, Lou needs to keep a smile on her face for the sake of her beloved daughter, Edie. When Edie needs someone to accompany her to music camp in Italy for a whole month during the summer, Lou jumps at the chance. She cannot wait to see the sights, treat herself to all the culinary delights Italy has to offer and make new friends and broaden her horizons. The last thing Leonie is looking for is romance, but fate might have other ideas…

Edie’s teacher Nick Romano finds being at home in Italy completely reinvigorating. However, old memories and past regrets have come back to haunt him and he is in desperate need of distraction – which his fledgling romance with Lou is certainly providing! A summer fling far from his mother Greta’s interfering eye is just what the doctor ordered. However, the more time Nick spends with Edie, the more he finds himself falling for her…

As their feelings for one another grow with each passing day, Lou and Nick find themselves falling head over heels in love with one another. But with the summer coming to an end and Lou about to head back home, is a future for the two of them possible? Or should they just cut their losses and resign themselves to the fact that their romance was just a summer fling?

Leonie Mack’s Italy Ever After is a fun read that ticks all the boxes for the perfect summertime romance: a gorgeously recreated setting, fabulous characters, poignant emotional drama and laugh out loud humour.

A heart-warming and uplifting read about second chances, starting over and taking a leap of faith, Leonie Mack’s Italy Ever After is an indulgent and escapist summer romance readers are going to love.
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I've never read anything from this author before but as soon as I saw Italy in the title I knew I needed to read it. Italy is my absolute favourite place to visit and I've stayed in Lake Garda twice and it's such a beautiful place. So I just saw the cover and said this will be amazing.

With not being able to travel anywhere at the moment with Covid travel restrictions it was nice to read something and it take you away for a little while. 

The story was brilliant and I loved Lou, Nick and Eddie so much.

I can't wait to read more from this author xx
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The scenes and descriptions of Italy are great in this book, but it bogged down in details that only exist in the main character's head. The romance is hot, or as hot as it can be at music camp with a group of high schoolers. It was a good story, but it dragged a little for me.
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I absolutely loved the dynamic of this romance. It is not totally typical - it follows a recently single mom who wants the best for her daughter so she volunteers to chaperone a school trip to Italy! During their time in Italy an unexpected romance sparks for mom and its just the cutest thing ever.
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Louise “Lou” is recently divorced from her husband Phil, who is now in a relationship with a younger woman. Phil’s impression of Lou is that she is average and has no talent which weighs on Lou, even though the romance is gone. They have a musically gifted daughter named Edie, who is eleven and about to go to a music school next year. Before her time at her current school ends, she is offered a place in a music camp for the summer that is run by her music teacher, Nick Romano. The camp also happens to be near Nick’s hometown in rural Italy at Lake Garda with a final performance at a competition in Milan. To support her daughter, Lou volunteers as a chaperone for the trip and also wants to use the trip as an opportunity to try and find her calling and talent.

Lou finds herself quite enamored with Nick and Nick finds himself attracted to Lou. Both know they need to keep their distance as each not only have their own personal issues that they are working through, but they also have to tread lightly since Nick is still Edie’s teacher for the summer. Their relationship does develop slowly over time as they work their way from a purely professional teacher-parent to friends to more over the course of the summer. Lou is a tv journalist that does occasional pieces on tv where her ex-husband is a major producer. She lacks confidence in herself and does not see her potential to shine. On the other hand, Nick has many demons of his own where he also doubts his own worth.

Both character’s not only go through their own journeys, but they also work through it all together along with the wonderful secondary characters, such as the other chaperones and Nick’s mother, who happens to come be a part of the camp. There are moments where Lou’s self-deprecation can be a little wearing on the reader, but you still find yourself rooting for her to grow and learn just how great she actually is and you wish her happiness. For both characters, I loved how the children, Lou with her own child and Nick as the teacher for the whole class, always came first. Even if the two of them wanted to be alone, they would put the children’s needs first as this was a school trip.

The passion for music in this story is apparent and I love how the author wrote about the various viewpoints. Edie (and the other students) and Nick have a huge passion for music and play their instruments and sing every chance they get as they find music to be their calling. Then there are those, like Lou and Phil, who do not share those talents and are more outsiders. Lou appreciates the hard work and dedication and tries her best to understand the way of a musician. Alternatively, there is Phil, who does not understand and does not see the value in dedicating so much time when there is a high probability of rejection. These differences were seamlessly woven into the story of personal growth and romance.

Overall, this story was a nice light-hearted read. There are many heart-warming moments as the two main characters are on a journey of self-discovery with a great cast of secondary characters that are all written well. There are characters, such as Lou, that you obviously are meant to root for and there are characters, such as Phil, that are written well as the villains. The first interaction the reader gets to experience is Lou trying to convince Phil to let their daughter attend the music camp and it beautifully sets up the two characters without the need to fully explore their backgrounds. This story was cute and I loved the gorgeous Italian setting and wish I could visit with the olive trees and beautiful lake!

**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources, the author, Leonie Mack, and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for the opportunity to participate via Netgalley with this excellent and heartwarming novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**
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Favorite Quotes:

She always looked as though she were hurtling through life straddling a hydrogen bomb.

She was finally letting go of her identity as Phil’s wife and latching on to the first man who came into range. Urgh, it made her sound like a sniper peering through her scope.

Watching Lou suppress a moan at the mushroom ravioli was like accidentally catching a glimpse of someone in the shower. 

He knew it hadn’t been easy for her, but she didn’t just accept life’s lemons, she grabbed them off the tree and made silly faces with them. 

My Review:

I adored every word of this cleverly amusing and delightfully engaging tale. It was my first chance to read this witty and talented author and I found her work pleasantly entertaining as well as insightful and deliciously textured with humor, lush descriptions, and keen observations.

A newly divorced mom finds she is crushing on teacher – her daughter’s teacher – but it is a huge crush and she can’t stop looking at his delectable backside while he conducts her young daughter’s music group. And that could be a problem as she is to chaperone her daughter’s class of preteens to a musical retreat with the hot teacher at his family’s farm in Italy. And be still my heart, the hot man blushes, a lot.

The struggling characters were fun to unravel and endearingly appealing, except for the heinous ex-husband, he was a waste of good skin. The premise was inviting while the writing craftily took us on an exploratory adventure of the heart and soul as well as exposure to a new country. Sigh. I seem to have an intense craving for pasta with some gelato for dessert. There goes my diet…
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This book was absolutely perfect for armchair travel and made me want to visit Italy very soon.
The main characters, Lou and Nick, were wonderful and I instantly felt drawn to them. At the end of the book I felt like they were both old friends mine.
It was a very romantic, heartwarming, Summer story that drew me in right from the start.
It was definitely a perfect escapist read, when we are all just surviving another lockdown...
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I love romance set in Italy, and as this one is set around Lake Garda, somewhere I've visited, I couldn't resist it.

Just about to be divorced Lou, is still reeling from the fallout, we meet her ex in the opening chapters, and he is not likeable. Her confidence is low despite her career in front of the TV cameras, and it's clear she is a kind and loving woman who doesn't value herself. Her latest meeting with Mr (Nick) Romano right after her latest confrontation with the ex is unsettling for them both and makes her wonder whether helping out on the school music camp in Italy is sensible.

The chemistry sizzling between Lou and Nick gets hotter in beautiful Lake Garda, and there are lots of nearly moments that are romantic. The conflicts to their possible relationship are both internal and external, but they are good for each other, and you want them to find happiness together.

The musical setting adds authenticity to the story and is integral to Nick's backstory. The balance of humour, poignancy and romance is good, and the ending is romantic and uplifting.

I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Do you know, I’ve rarely come across an opening chapter that filled me with such rage. When Lou meets with her husband – they’re now estranged, and she needs his permission to take her talented violinist daughter Edie on a music camp at Lake Garda – he casually presents her with the divorce papers, questions her motives for being one of the parents going on the trip as a “helper”, has the audacity to berate her for being “ordinary and talentless”, and ends the meeting with his usual kiss on the cheek.

I was fuming, and it told me everything I needed to know about both characters – particularly the way such constant criticism and belittling must have made her feel about herself, and I was immediately firmly in her corner. And when neither he nor his ballet dancer girlfriend turn up for Edie’s important concert before the trip departs, I was ready to run him through – what a thoroughly obnoxious (but entirely believable) character, and it’s sadly not the last time we see him.

Getting to know Lou better, you discover that while she may have had the stuffing totally knocked out of her by her marriage, doubting herself at every turn, she’s a character you soon grow to love. She’s a great mother, nurturing her daughter’s special talent (while her father sees it as an “obsession” she should move on from): and she has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humour, coupled with a tendency to speak her thoughts before putting her brain in gear, that only makes you love her more.

I’ll admit that I was slightly worried about the way the story would unfold when I saw it was about a music camp – I thought the focus might be on the children, and that would have been something I might not have enjoyed as much. But other than a nice focus on the relationship between Lou and Edie, it doesn’t – it’s far more about Lou’s personal growth and development, her search for a “talent”, and her developing relationship with Edie’s quite wonderful music teacher Nick, all against the backdrop of Lake Garda and the build up to the final concert at La Scala in Milan.

The setting is vividly and beautifully drawn (yes, another destination added to my bucket list) – and I loved the music theme that runs through the whole story, all the emotions attached to it, the lows when performances don’t go as well as they should (and the fear of failure), the exhilaration at every small triumph. And I equally loved Lou’s search for her talent, filling her days with workshops making perfume (that’s one that went particularly badly), cheese, jewellery, the perfect satchel – and her disastrous (and very funny) attempt at stand-up paddle boarding.

But perhaps the element I enjoyed the most was the extraordinary chemistry between Lou and Nick. As well as being the most wonderful teacher, with a warmth and caring approach to his students bringing out their best and drawing it out through their performances, he has a special musical talent of his own that he hides from others because of his own personal demons. They’re two damaged people who are clearly meant to be together – and I absolutely loved the way the author managed their slowly developing relationship. The dialogue is just superb – they feel their way towards each other, light exchanges filled with humour but with a subtext that you can really feel, and I so wanted to push them together so that they could help each other heal. The book’s emotional climax is totally glorious – yes, there were tears – with the emotional impact of that final concert with all its many undercurrents, and the uncertainty as to whether there will be a happy ending for both Lou and Nick or whether they might depart in separate directions.

I so loved the romance (you can tell, can’t you?!) but I also really enjoyed Lou’s difficult journey towards increased self esteem and happiness, her growing understanding that she really is good enough and far better than her toxic husband has always made her feel. And I also loved Nick’s journey, his passion for music, his torment as he strives to overcome his deep-seated fears and reach his own state of contentment.

I’d expected this book to be a light romance with a well-drawn Italian Lakes backdrop, and I knew there would be music – but it was so much more than that, it entirely engaged my heart. Very highly recommended – and Leonie Mack most definitely added to my list of “must read” authors.
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Almost from the start, I realised that there were some complicated characters to be found in this book. It really is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Lou certainly has some serious self-esteem issues but she is always likeable and you can see that the Lou others see is not the one she thinks she is. Phil, her ex-husband, likes to belittle people to bolster up his own view of himself. I certainly began to dislike him pretty quickly - Mr Romano on the other hand...

Nick Romano has to be the most complicated of everybody. It is no surprise to discover what has led him to be as he is but he has a sensitivity which makes him the pole opposite of Phil. Both Nick and Lou have to come to terms with what they want from their future and their journey is plotted with style. With a stunning setting in the Italian lakes, you sink into the story and breathe in the sights and sounds of Italy. What a great holiday read it would be. This is a delicious read.

In short: Escape to the Italian lakes
Thanks to the author for a copy of the book
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Italy Ever After was such a cute romance and it takes you on the most amazing trip to Italy, which we all need right now! 

I absolutely loved the dynamic of this romance. It is not totally typical - it follows a recently single mom who wants the best for her daughter so she volunteers to chaperone a school trip to Italy! During their time in Italy an unexpected romance sparks for mom and its just the cutest thing ever. 

I loved the characters! I will say that at times I felt the communication between characters was not great and made me feel a little annoyed but overall, the characters were likable and fun to read about!

The setting was beautiful. I mean, its Italy, so its one of the best possible settings for a romance! 

If you enjoy a fluffy romance and a happy ending - read this one!
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