Show Me 5 Saturday: Italian For Beginners by Kristin Harmel

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1 Title:  Italian For Beginners by Kristin Harmel

2 Words that describe the book:  Italian Holiday

3 Settings or characters:

*  Rome – Kristin Harmel described the sights of Rome so well that I felt like I was there.  Cat’s friend Marco takes her on a memorable tour that was very romantic.  *sigh*

*  Karina – is the waitress who rents a room to Cat when she finds herself without a place to stay after her first day in Rome.  Karina pulls no punches with anyone and doesn’t expect anything less in return.  She’s about Cat’s age and is a single mother of a six year old son.  She was my favorite character!

*  Cat Connelly – has always put the needs of her sister and father above her own.  She’s ready for a little ‘me time’ and heads to Rome for a month after a co-worker gives her the push she needs.  I understood Cat and really pulled for her throughout the novel.

4 Things I liked/disliked about the book:

* I liked Kristin Harmel’s writing.  I’ll be looking for her backlist books.

* I really enjoyed the main characters – flaws and all.

* I loved my visit to Rome via a novel.  I liked that the author tells how the book came about and what she added from her own experiences.  There are a few recipes at the end too.   Now I want to watch Roman Holiday and pretend I’m Audrey.

* I was satisfied with the ending.  It had me smiling – and I love when that happens.

5 Stars or less for the rating: 4/5 stars


Italian for Beginners

Back of the book: Cat Connelly plays it safe.  She’s an accountant with no debt who lives near her family in Manhattan.  She’s also thirty-four, unmarried, and with nothing promising on her romantic horizon.  After a humiliating incident at her sister’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and flies off to Rome to find Francesco, the man she’d fallen in love with thirteen years earlier on a trip to Italy.   When Francesco turns out to be a dud, Cat is adrift on the streets of Rome, no safety net in sight.  With the help of an eccentric waitress with a spare apartment to rent, the handsome restaurateur who calls her Princess Ann, and the family secrets only Rome can unlock for her, Cat discovers that happiness can be found on the back of a speeding Vespa. . . but only if you’re willing to take a few risks.

15 thoughts on “Show Me 5 Saturday: Italian For Beginners by Kristin Harmel

  1. This sounds like such a wonderful mental “visit to Rome” that it makes me want to read it very soon. Glad you enjoyed it so much. With your 4* rating it’s going on my endless list.


  2. I loved this one too…I felt as if I was there at times. I wanted to watch Roman Holiday right after I finished it too!! 😀


  3. I’m looking forward to reading Italian For Beginners, thanks to finding it on your blog a while back. I’ve even gotten my local library to purchase a copy, so I can get to it! 😀

    And, btw, I just finished “Your Roots Are Showing” by Elise Chidley — again, thanks to your blog! — and I loved it! Awesome “find”, so thanks so much! 😀
    [my review of it here]



    • Oh good, I was just thinking about Your Roots Are Showing today! Glad you liked it. I think I may read that in the next week or two. Heading over to read your review now.


  4. Hi — sorry for getting here so late!! I was on vacation the past week and although it seemed like I was posting and around, I really wasn’t so I’m a bit behind on doing my blog visiting. It is tempting to hit “mark all as read” but I shall do my best to resist.

    I love when a book feels like you take a trip to somewhere amazing. Cheaper than booking an airline ticket to Italy, right?


  5. I’ve had this on my wish list for awhile. I’ll have to make a weekend of reading it and watching ROman Holiday, which I love.


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