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I am fairly easily pleased when it come to fiction books. However the characters in this book were limp and difficult to bond with. The main character Lou was mostly feeling sorry for herself and Nico apart from the often mentioned great bum didn’t seem to have any characteristics that would attract anyone with his moodiness, self doubt etc. I kept going to the end in the hope it would improve. It didn’t.
Such an enjoyable light summer read. I especially liked revisiting the surroundings of the Italian lakes area enjoying their beautiful scenery again. I felt as though I was back in Milan seeing the architecture and wandering the streets.
Leonie Mack’s latest novel, Italy Ever After, takes a leaf out of her debut triumph, My Christmas Number One – capturing two very different people from two very different cultures – and then flings the trope away to the south to soar on soft Mediterranean breezes and echo within the deep alcoves of vaulted Italian cloisters.
Nick and Lou find themselves thrust unexpectedly together while supervising a school music trip to Italy. Although their romance may seem a fun distraction for the duration of the trip, when it demands they confront their deepest held insecurities, both Lou and Nick must decide what kind of life they really want for themselves.
Mack artfully captures the softest and most charming aspects of the ultimate Italian escape. She deftly takes her reader on an authentic and engaging armchair adventure. Expect to lose yourself in her narrative, whether exploring a busy Milanese street or visiting a rustic farming family, Mack demonstrates a skilful grasp of her subject. You will share equally in the terror and elation of performing at the majestic Teatro alla Scala, the quiet peace of foraging for fungi in the forests, the long hazy summer days by the beautiful Lake Garda or the thrill of a mountain hike to the summit. Not to mention rage at Lou's rotten jerk of an ex-husband, Phil!
Karen Cass’ narration of this tale is skilful and engaging. She is an easy narrator to listen to – jumping seamlessly in and out of characters and driving the natural tensions of the story convincingly.
Even if romance is not your genre of choice, you’ll enjoy the talent behind this novel – Mack is a dynamic author who I’m sure has many more books ahead!
📢 The brain train now approaching Platform Tangents terminates here at Procrastination Station! 📢
Do not laugh at me!
This review has been four weeks in the making. In the end I had to have a stern word with myself (which did not go over well) that I wasn’t writing the next Pulitzer and to get on with it *rolls eyes*.
The perils of loving a book *pinches fingers* a tad too much.
I don’t know how she’s done it, but Leonie Mack has done it again. I fell in love with everything about this story; the characters, setting and the story. Lou and Nick are perfect in their imperfection. Just like life!
It’s a story about finding yourself.
About finding someone who lifts you up not brings you down.
Who doesn’t see your quirks as inadequacies (that says more about them than you *growling at a certain character*) but embraces your uniqueness.
It hit me right in the feels. Bright and summery like a dose of Vitamin D right to the heart.
The author does slow burn so *so* well. You can feel it mounting (*snorts* head out of the gutter, Laura!).
Yet there is so much love in the book – in all its forms. The love of family, friends, music, and places. The passions we have in life. Some of my favourite scenes in the book are when Edie (Lou’s daughter) and Nick play (violins) together. Their connection is out of this world. I could feel it sweeping through me.
Sheesh! It took me weeks to get going now I can’t seem to shut up *palms face*. I would apologise but… *shrugs*
I have a feeling that what happens in music camp won’t be staying in music camp!
Oh my wordy word talk about being absolutely in love with a book!!! This is the story of Lou, single mother to the lovely Edie, who lives for her music. Lou accompanies her daughter to a music camp in Italy, unaware that it will be a life changing trip. The characters reeled me in from the get-go: strong yet vulnerable Lou, teacher Nick, who was so lovely with a past that you knew had moulded his path. The music was almost audible to me (my dad played piano and so our childhoodwas filled with classical music), the settings so vivid it was like being right there, the detail mind blowing, the romance and chemistry so beautiful and the banter and characters spot on. A flawless book, just ... wow. One I will be recommending and thinking about for a long time to come.
This was my first book by Leonie Mack and it got into my library after a glitch deleted everything that had been in it on Kindle Unlimited and this was suggested to me by Kindle. I accepted without reading the blurb as I just wanted something ‘thoughtless’ to read. Actually I found this much better than I expected and I think the front cover doesn’t do it justice. There are some serious points about adulthood, motherhood, divorce and knowing oneself, as well as the expected romance, against a back drop of classical music that was actually interesting to read. I did wonder whether Ms Mack was herself a musician as some elements seemed authentic but not everything, although I see another of her books is also about a musician, so in the basis that we write what we know about, I guess she is. Overall enjoyable, better for a bit of intelligent content and good English.
There are MANY things that Leonie Mack does well but she is a maestro of writing sexy musicians! Italy Ever After is another sizzler with gorgeous vivid descriptions, strong characterisation and Mack's characteristic wit and humour. With an impressive ensemble cast, this isn't just a love story between Lou and Nick but also a great story about family, friends and believing in yourself. Look out for a particularly gorgeous musical interlude in the forest - spectacular! Word of caution - don't attempt to eat and drink along with this, it's a gastronomical feast as well as a literary one.