Thursday, February 09, 2012

Flirting with Italian - Liz Fielding

Flirting With Italian was the perfect book to brighten my day.  It was exceptional thanks to Liz Fielding.  This beautiful crafted romance will warm your heart and soul with a few twists and turns.  In the end, there was one thing for sure.  Sarah Gratton and the Italian "hunk" she met at the vineyard by the name of Matteo di Serrone were perfect for each other with some some English and past Italian history which would, in the end, affect them both.

Sarah Gratton left her home in England, a position teaching history at a high school and moved Rome to teach at an international school.  She also had reason to want to travel to not only see the historical sights in Rome and also wanted to travel to the countryside.  Her great-grandfather had told her a secret, one that I found most interesting.  When he was a pilot in the 1940's his plane had been shot down.  A lovely woman came to his aid and hid him from the enemy and the villagers.  Their time spent together however, like all love stories, Lex returned back home to England, to his wife and a son he had never met.  Now in his 80's with a picture of Lucia in hand, he shared the secret with Sarah.  Along with Lucia's picture and the secret, Sarah decided to seek out the details of what happened to Lucia sometime while she was in Italy.

Sarah had been through a lot.  She had been engaged to a fellow teacher at the high school where she taught.  However, her ex (Tom) cheated on her and now was going to be a father.  Between her education, teaching and now a broken heart, Rome was just the ticket.  Maybe she would get the courage to seek out the small village where her grandfather and his lover Lucia had spent their special time.  Just to see if she was still alive, taken care of but she would keep their secret.  She could only assume that that Lucia's husband who was hold up the mountains returned safety to her.  Lex's and Lucia's would remain  a secret but she was curious so she set out on her adventure only to run into the sexy Italian Matteo.  Not only was she trespassing on his property, she ignited something in Matteo.  However, he had trusting issues as the last woman he had loved had sold pictures to the tabloids of Bella and and her husband's wedding.  His family seemed to be hounded by the press.  His father's death and his affairs, his mother's decline.  Sarah was asking too many questions but she intrigued, fascinated and sexually drew him so he invited her to lunch and was hoping she would show her hand.

The chemistry, a short kiss, holding hands, sharing a meal, I knew this would be trouble because even though Sarah had left her ex and what happened in England, was it too soon to get involved in another relationship?  However, he grandfather's story touch her heart and in fifty or sixty years, she wanted the same memories.  They talked about her ex, he made her laugh, made her dream, made her want.  In the end, she sent him a thank you note, thanking him and invited him to dinner!  Would she step out of the box, take this Italian as a love, learn the truth about her grandfather's long ago Italian lover?

You won't want to miss Matteo and Sarah's journey, meeting and learning about his family, the piazza, the winery and the small Italian village.  Such an remarkable love story.  What I loved so much about Flirting with Italian was Matteo's story touched me.  Because he had been betrayed by a woman he loved, Sarah reached out to him like no other.  While she was able to move past betrayal, Matteo couldn't.  She made him laugh, she touched him somewhere deep inside and he liked her.  But don't think their relationship was all warm and fuzzy.  In the end, thanks to external forces, everything exploded in both family's faces, causing some pain.  It's how they all dealt with it that only added perfection to this wonderful romance, thanks to Liz Fielding.

More about Flirting With Italian from Liz Fielding

Back of the Book

Bag: packed. Flight: booked. Soon I'll be in Rome and experiencing life in a foreign language! Watch this space…

Newly single Sarah Gratton is determined to enjoy her holiday—could a just-for-fun romance with dark-eyed Matteo di Serrone be the answer? This Italian count is ideal flirting material—if Sarah's brave enough to make a move!

Well, she might not be—but luckily Matteo is! Matteo decides to keep this mysterious woman close—no hardship at all, given their spine-tingling awareness of each other…

It's like something out of a fairy tale—until Sarah realizes she's made the most rookie mistake of all: falling in love with her holiday fling….


Liz Fielding said...

Your review popped into my "Google Alerts" this morning, Marilyn and truly brightened my day. So glad you enjoyed Sarah and Matteo's story. :)

Natalija said...

Great review! I haven't read this book yet, but I'm very intrigued.

Elizabeth said...

Nice blog.....NEW FOLLOWER


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