Book: One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell
Release date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: Sent by Publisher
Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful business people from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete—but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age—“Sometimes I look at my laughter lines and wonder what on earth could have been that funny”—who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother. Both women are seemingly done with romance, but Rome has other ideas.
My Thoughts: This was another book I was very excited to read and it came out to be a little bit disappointing. I was thinking this would be a travel book full of romance and adventure and fun, but it was more on the honest side, with a bit of that mixed in. For such a short book, it was difficult for me to get through. The language was easy, but I’m not sure I enjoyed the writing all that much. I liked the characters even less. The only character I slightly enjoyed was Alice, but most of them got on my nerves. I didn’t appreciate some of the actions that were taken and the random inserts of Rome’s history. If it was written in a more interesting fashion I might have liked it more. This book was also dry of imagery and the fluff that I feel that would be there in a romance book. I think my expectations didn’t meet what the book gave me. I really wish I liked it more.