Rome in Love by Anita Hughes Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: Author/Publisher in exchange for honest review
Description: When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months.
Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia's boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.
While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Phillip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Phillip her true identity. Not to mention that Phillip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she's always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?
Why I Picked This Book:I had enjoyed the previous book (French Coast review) by this author and couldn't resist the mention of Audrey Hepburn.
My Impression: Take a good long look at the cover - that's basically the entire feel of the book. A bit on the indulgent side, definitely not an everyday activity, but delicious and relaxing all the same. This is the book equivalent of eating a calorie rich breakfast at an outside table in a sunny little cafe while on vacation.
There are some similarities to Hughes' earlier book French Coast - beautiful MC, kind of skeevy boyfriend, tons of gorgeous clothing, and a glamorous new friend of somewhat mysterious origins. While I wouldn't necessarily want to read these books back to back (though both are worth the read) they're distinctive enough that I didn't feel like I was reading the same book.
I absolutely loved the letters written by Audrey. We get a glimpse into what she's thinking as she's filming Roman Holiday and get to meet Gregory Peck. I could really picture the world that Audrey was inhabiting.
Amelia's world wasn't quite as vivid and Phillip really felt like the stronger character many times. I loved Sophie and Theo and enjoyed anytime that they were front and center. I didn't love the deception done by Amelia and Phillip (particularly on Phillip's side) but it was believably done and it made sense that as time went on it was getting harder and harder to tell the truth.
This is a perfect book for reading while lying in a hammock sipping mimosas and I can guarantee you you'll want to re-watch (or watch) Roman Holiday as soon as you finish the book!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! It's perfect indulgence reading.
Would I Recommend this Book?: I would - especially if you've got a vacation coming up.