I don’t know how I never found Tennant before!
I’m starting to wonder if there’s something in the water that causes married British men to wake up, decide they don’t love their wives anymore and move on. It has been the jumping off point for many of the books I’ve read recently, and seems to push that whole finding yourself again when the world goes pear shaped theme into something different every time. Tilly Tennant introduces us to Kate, when her Friday the 13th went straight into the tip when her husband / partner of 16 years, Matt, decides that he doesn’t want to be with her anymore. Again, lost his ever loving mind – since Kate isn’t crazy, she’s not mean or rude, and while she does have sisters who alternate between lovely and interfering, this is a case of itchy feet and indecision for him. Of course Kate is devastated, but she’s doing everything she can to keep it together and redefine her life without Matt, and after all of the upheavals, a vacation with sun, warmth, good food and a change of scene is more than in order. So she books a flight to Rome, an adventure Matt would never agree to, and the adventure begins.
First in her new adventures is the city itself: full of hidden corners and popular hangouts, gorgeous people young and old, history, vibrancy and food. Oh lots and lots of good food. And a bustle and vibrancy that brings her into contact with Jamie, an American in Rome for business: handsome, attentive and Fun. While Kate isn’t even interested in a ‘man’ or relationship, Jamie does serve to help her see some potential in her new life, and that there is something to look forward to in her newly redesigned life. And then, we meet Alessandro. A policeman with startling eyes, Roman charm and a big family with five sisters and a mama who is tough in the best of situations, he was the Italian Treat she didn’t count on.
Oh this was fun, and I don’t know how I never found Tennant before! Everything I want in a story: great characters, a touch of romance, a wonderful setting that comes alive and the ability to manage difficult or disheartening events with grace and style, and present the characters with choices that allow them to grow and change in new and different ways. Kate was wonderfully complex, hurt but trying to heal as she unleashed her curiosity and love of new adventures, long hidden beneath her ex-husband’s expectations. Alessandro was a wonderful catalyst, interested, intrigued and above all a person who loves life and manages every pitfall (including his ex-girlfriend) with a style that is quintessentially Italian in the most charming way possible. A wonderful introduction to the series and Tennant’s writing, my to be purchased list just grew exponentially.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.