Synopsis: After catching her boyfriend in flagrante delicto, Ferne Edmunds leaves England to take an impromptu trip to Italy. After a mishap at the train station, Dante Rinucci and his large family “rescue” Ferne and the pair fight their attraction to each other. Dante has a secret and wants to keep their growing relationship light, but love doesn’t always work out that way. And then Ferne discovers that she’s accidentally pregnant…
Author: I cannot swear by it, but I am fairly certain I’ve read books by Lucy Gordon before. She has written dozens of novels for Harlequin/Mills and Boon, so it seems likely. Lucy may be English, but she’s always had a thing for Italy, and even married an Italian who proposed within twenty-four hours of meeting.
Plot: This does follow the usual holiday romance path –boy meets girl, they fall in love without meaning to, they hit an obstacle they must overcome to stay together- but that fulfillment of what is expected is what makes romances so enjoyable. There is a catch, you usually don’t find in travel/holiday romances an obstacle that is a life threatening illness.
Romance: The relationship between Ferne and Dante is at first flirty and fluffy. Gradually, you begin to see another side to Dante’s carefree behaviour and see his darker side. There is mention that Dante’s anger frightens Ferne and, while probably, not something I usually enjoy seeing in a lighthearted romance.
Pacing: The timing was perfect. There was not a single point where the book dragged or skipped ahead, but I did find one fault with it. I felt the balance was a little uneven and the book should have been just a touch longer as the ending felt a bit rushed. The first half of the novel is Fern and Dante’s fun flirtation, and the next section -slightly more than a quarter- of their dealing with their downturn in the relationship. The very last section which was less than a quarter of the book dealt with the break-up, the pregnancy, and dealing with the illness. It was this last part that I felt could have been fleshed out a little more.
Quote: What do I do now with this love that neither of us wants?
The Verdict: A great romantic read with a few tearjerker moments.