Look who’s back to see me on TWG!! This very talented lady is THE most featured author of TWG’s, to date, and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome her, Tilly Tennant, back to the blog! Via a review written by yours truly, we are able to take a little trip to Rome, as part of the blog tour for her latest novel; Rome Is Where The Heart Is. Thank you to Bookouture for the tour invitation!
Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …
When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.
What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.
Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …
Fall in love with the colourful cafes and the cobbled piazzas of Rome and follow Kate’s dreams and her heart in this enchanting escapist read. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carol Matthews.
What does TWG think?
Errrrr and the award for the biggest testa di cazzo goes to…..!! WHO THE HELL DOES THAT?! It wasn’t WHAT Matt did (people are entitled to dump their partners if they see fit), it was the WAY he did it. Geez Louise, even I got angry and I wasn’t the one getting dumped! I think that Kate was perhaps a little too easy on him, but then I would say that haha.
I really didn’t know what to make of Kate, especially after the Matt incident outside the flat. Part of me was hoping that she would come out of her shell a bit more and become a bit more bulshy to the situations she didn’t agree with, instead of just sitting there and taking it. Yet, the other part of me was thinking that her ‘over the top of the head’ persona, may end up working in her favour. I’ll be honest, I couldn’t call it either way and I was looking forward to watching Kate’s journey in Rome.
Tilly Tennant taking us to Rome was an amazing experience. Okay, I didn’t experience it first hand (don’t be picky!), but as always, Tilly’s trademark ability of enveloping her readers in a hug via her words was evident from the very start. She really does have such a cosy writing style; even when she is making her characters do fun things whilst they’re drunk! Let’s just say that there were a lot of entertaining situations happening during Kate’s time in Rome, and not just for her either! Various interesting characters popped up on Kate’s holiday, some more interesting than others but all memorable in their own ways. Several things made Tilly’s novel stand out from the other novels I have read set in Rome, such as how Tilly didn’t describe a focal point or a monument as just being that, ‘a monument’. Every historic feature, every food course, every emotion of the city were described in such a beautiful and delicate way, and it completely blew me away.
There were a few moments within the storyline where I found myself disconnecting from what was going on, as I didn’t find Kate and Alessandro’s relationship that authentic. Now, I have never had a holiday romance so that may be why my heart wasn’t connecting to it fully. Or maybe it’s because I more ice queen than a soppy romantic….so I’ve been told haha!
Despite my reservations with Dr.Love (ahem), Tilly Tennant’s novel was perfect for me to lay on the sofa with, calm my thoughts, and escape.
‘Rome Is Where The Heart Is’ is a beautiful getaway for the mind, as well as being yet another relaxing and light-hearted read from the incredibly talented, Tilly Tennant.
Thank you Bookouture.
About the author.
From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.