Review by Gabrielle

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He took her hand and led her from the jacuzzi towards the lower deck and the bedrooms. She knew she wasn’t going to say no. She didn’t want to.”

Escape to beautiful Italy in Kate Frost’s charming An Italian Dream.

Best friends since childhood, Fern Chambers and Stella Shaw have been through everything together and are at a crossroads in their lives.

Carefree Stella has a monumental secret and down trodden Fern’s happy life is not all it seems.

With their 40th birthdays approaching, a luxury holiday to the island of Capri is a chance for them to reconnect, let their hair down and celebrate in style. But untold truths and frustration bubble beneath the surface, turning what should be a holiday of a lifetime into an opportunity to make life-changing decisions.

Far from home, where anything feels possible, secrets are revealed, heartache is shared, love discovered and new friendships forged.

Will their Italian dream turn into a nightmare or lead to newfound happiness?

This story is like a vacation in a book. I just loved all the descriptions of Capri: the gorgeous scenery, the fabulous food. I couldn’t get enough of it. Similar to Kate’s previous book One Greek Summer, she will have you believing you can feel the Mediterranean breeze in your hair. 

I liked both the main characters in this book though Fern really stood out for me. Although she’s lost a bit of herself over the years, she is kind, a great mom, and stuck to her values. I really liked that this book featured characters entering their forties. I wish there were more books featuring characters in midlife. Secondary character Edith is also terrific. We should all be so lucky to have an Edith in our life.

I would say this one is a breezy read. Although some secrets are revealed and there is a bit of drama, nothing too traumatising happens. You can easily gobble this one up in a sitting. Romance wise there is enough steam to make things believable but most of the action is behind closed doors.

If you are looking for a beach read that will transport you away to somewhere more exotic, give this one a try.

Thank you, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.