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June Book Review ~ All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty #romance #vacationromance #amreading

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely of hands, and sometimes getting lost is the surest way to be found…

After learning shocking news about the man she’s been planning her future around, Anica Tomlin cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early–a trip to Tuscany. But from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.

When a bicycle accident lands Ani in the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family’s country villa perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it’s been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.

Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as she begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily ever after…unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.

My Review ~

I love when I open up a book and find that it’s written in first person, so of course, I was pleasantly surprised to find it with this book. Told from Anica’s POV, this book was ridiculously easy to get invested in from the first page. I absolutely adore romances set in Italy and this clean, sweet one certainly didn’t disappoint. I almost envied Ani throughout the whole book—vacation to Italy, private accommodations with a wonderful family, a gorgeous doctor, and a sexy family friend who you can’t really figure out right away . . .

The novel is well written with just enough heat and plenty of story to keep someone interested. Each of the characters are developed and distinctly different, as well as the novel is clean of clichés. The only real problem I had with the novel is the woman’s nickname (Ani —it always made me think of Star Wars) and how the male characters used it constantly, and I mean constantly, like nearly every time they spoke a sentence to her, they said her name. It got tiring to read. Aside from that, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and give it 5 Hearts!

 

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3 thoughts on “June Book Review ~ All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty #romance #vacationromance #amreading

    1. It was a good book. I really enjoyed it. It was on the sweet side like mine. The only thing that bothered me was the heroines’ name and how much all the other characters said it. I get it might be an Italian thing, but it drove me nuts. And made me think of Natalie Portman in Star Wars saying “Ani” all the time to Anakin Skywalker. LOL.

      1. I’m Italian. Don’t know that we say each other’s names a lot, but I never really paid attention. I do know that they like to shorten names. I mean, my family can’t even say the two syllables of Lori. They call me Lor. I prefer Lori. 😛

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