Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Blog Tour: One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge

One Summer in Rome
Samantha Tonge
Rating: 4 stars
Amazon UK £1.99

To Rome...with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She's bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she'll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run Le Dolce Vita pizzeria, she's already fallen in love with the capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn't take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly...

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of Summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.


Samantha Tongue lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who thinks it's a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short stories to women's magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

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What a lovely and summery read! It had me longing for warmer days - and pizza! I've been to Rome before so reading this was like I was there again, visiting all the places Mary goes and eating the delicious pizza that Dante cooks! The cover is 100% what drew me in, it's so summery and bright! The pizzeria, the lemon tree and of course the colosseum in the background just make a beautiful cover that you will certainly be dying to read!

I hadn't actually read anything by Samantha Tonge before but had heart great things so was so excited when this came up on Netgalley to request! It was written beautifully and I honestly felt as though I was next to Mary in Rome. The descriptions will make your mouth water and you'll soon be looking up flights to visit! I felt the pacing of this novel was brilliant and I just found it so easy to read and really enjoyed it.

The story itself was so heartwarming and a delight to read. It follows Mary, who is our main character, as she gives up her life in London and moves to Rome to work as a waitress in a cute little pizzeria. When she first gets there, she feels put out and slightly overwhelmed at everything going on. She doesn't appear to be on the good side of a few other employees and this makes her very nervous and wondering if she has made the right decision moving to Rome.

The chef who makes the pizza's, Dante, is handsome and brooding and Mary can't help but find him attractive. As the story continues it's clear to see that Mary isn't the only one with a few secrets hidden away. When I first started reading this and read about Dante, I felt for him. What he went through must have been awful but the Rossi family who run the pizzeria all seem so supportive and it was so lovely to read about a family who care so much about one another.

Overall, a really enjoyable novel that is perfect to get you in the summer mood. Would highly recommend that you add this to your reading list! Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read this novel via Netgalley, which I have reviewed honestly.

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