Kate is married to Matt, they were childhood sweethearts who made the next step.
The next step probably should have been children. But for Matt it was separation.
The next step for Kate is unknown. She is in a dead-end job, which she tolerates, just and her love is for dressmaking.
At the chance to change her life, she books herself a holiday to Rome, on her own. It is time she did something with her life.
At the airport she meets Jamie, who helps guide her through a city so she can see just as much of the tourist attractions as she does of the real Rome. However, Jamie has problems of his own and it is when he leaves Kate alone she finds herself on the Spanish Steps.
That is where Alessandro finds her.
Kate had not gone to Rome to find love,but something has captured her love, for the place, the buildings, the way of life, the food, the people and Alessandro is determined to make an impact on her life and a dent in her heart in the time she is there.
Trouble is Alessandro has five sisters, a strong matriarch family head and a rather jealous ex. It is never going to go well for Kate, especially as tragic events back in England means she has to go back home.
Will Alessandro just be a past ghost or will Kate be able to maintain the dream of Rome, of Love whilst back in Manchester.
The book did start off a bit slowly for me, but it picked up pace once Kate was in Rome and I flew through the pages and the story as if I was a tourist in Rome itself. Tennant has brought the characters to life very well, I could almost sense the expectation in Alessandro’s home when Kate first goes there. Just as much as I could feel the despair and desolation when Kate returns home to finalise some issues and put a closure on one part of her life. I was most annoyed at her elder sister Anna, who seemed to be ready to take over Kate’s life, her constant interference whilst well-meant was positively irritating. But for me those feelings and emotions are the sign of a writer who has created a story which gets under your skin and characters who you actually care about.
Another book to escape on holiday with, without even having to get out of your pajamas for.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Rome is Where the Heart is out now.
The second A Wedding in Italy is out soon and I am looking forward to catching up on the characters lives!