Okay..I read my first Inglath Cooper romance..
That Month In Tuscany by Inglath Cooper
Published in September of 2014 by Fence Free Entertainment
Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.85 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
That Month in Tuscany . . .
Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. He’s a rock star with a secret he can no longer live with. She’s a regular person whose husband stood her up for a long planned anniversary trip.
On a flight across the Atlantic headed for Italy, a drunken pity party and untimely turbulence literally drop Lizzy into Ren’s lap. It is the last thing she can imagine ever happening to someone like her. But despite their surface differences, they discover an undeniable pull between them. A pull that leads them both to remember who they had once been before letting themselves be changed by a life they had each chosen.
Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together – two people with seemingly nothing in common – changes them both forever. And what they find in each other is something that might just heal them both.
I made the mistake of looking at a few reviews of That Month In Tuscany while reading it..(don’t this!) so for a short while, the negative reviews had me convinced I wouldn’t enjoy it. Despite what I’d read though, I ended up really enjoying this book.
Now, is it something that is going to blow your mind? Not really. In fact, there is absolutely nothing ground breaking about this story. Woman in a dumpster fire of a marriage takes off to Italy alone after his husband chooses work over going with her. On her way she meets this rock star (whom she doesn’t recognize at first) and the two end up road tripping, outrunning situations across Italy together.
This book is very trope-y. Lizzy’s daughter is a complete snob to her. Her husband is a jerk. The author did everything in her power to make you feel sympathy toward Lizzy and not give her the side eye when she starts having feelings toward Rock Star Ren. Well, in the end..it worked just fine for me.
I was in the mood for a quick, fun read..and the traveling was an added bonus. Even more points added because they travel to Italy, which is my ideal destination. I really enjoyed seeing Lizzy’s growth as a woman in this short amount of time. She represented what is so true I believe for a lot of women. She had spent so much of her adult life being a wife and a mother and conformed to what her husband and daughter wanted of her, that she had lost touch with herself internally. While in Italy she began doing things that Lizzy loved to do.
In Ren’s case, he is this super star who just wants to sit in a restaurant and eat unbothered. He traveled to Italy with the intention of no longer being alive shortly after. Then he meets Lizzy. Ren is so swoon worthy with how crazy you can feel he is about Lizzy. He’s so patient with her and can see right through her crap when she tries to put it up.
Surprisingly there is a suspense element that was thrown into the book. At first I was like No! why would you do this? In the end however, I felt that plot twist served all kinds of purposes. It for sure mended one relationship while also playing a big part in another ending.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think Spring is the perfect season for this book and would even be great for a summer tbr..both seasons my wanderlust is typically all over the place. If you want traveling, a sweet romance with a tad bit of suspense, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.