‘To my niece I leave the Ferrari GT250… On the proviso that she takes it across Europe to Maranello within the next three weeks. Only on successful completion of the journey to a prescribed route, will the car be hers…’
Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.
Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.
But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…
This is a story about journeys of discovery; a literal one across Europe in a rare classic Ferrari and an emotional one from existence to living. Set mainly in Europe, I did wonder about the title, as Laurie spends the majority of her time in France. However the last few chapters make the title’s significance clear.
The characters in this story are complex and vivid, from Laurie’s recently deceased, Uncle Miles, to her shallow hologram of a mother Celeste. Laurie finds herself on a voyage of discovery and Cam her sexy, commitment phobe companion, chosen by her Uncle, is the perfect man for the job, even though his motivations for being there are sometimes suspect.
Laurie’s experiences in Europe are atmospheric and detailed. The reader sees the sights, tastes the wine and feels the emotion of each discovery with the likeable Laurie.
This is a whimsical, romantic tale but Laurie’s courage and loyalty makes her easy to empathise with. Robert, her live in boyfriend, cleverly symbolises everything about Laurie’s life that is wrong.
The plot is simple, effective and character driven.
‘From Italy With Love’ is a lovely story, perfect for the beach or the back garden.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars