Book Review: Rome in Love by Anita Hughes

Posted October 6, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Rome in Love by Anita HughesRome in Love by Anita Hughes
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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three-stars

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, Italian city of 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 Philip, 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 Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip 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?With her sensory descriptions of the beautiful sites, decadent food, and high fashion of Rome, Hughes draws readers into this fast-paced and superbly written novel. Rome in Love will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

“Rome in Love” is the story of young actress Amelia. She is cast to play a rendition of Audrey Hepburn’s role of Princess Ann in Roman Holiday. While in Rome Amelia is able to meet real life Princess Sophie who is in Rome taking a break from her royal duties. Amelia is taking this as a chance not only to follow her dream of being an actress but getting to know many Italian venues with Princess Sophie. Then Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over the phone. Amelia begins to have a hard time trying to figure out what she truly wants in her life. Then when Amelia gets to stay in the old hotel room that Audrey Hepburn stayed in, she finds some secret letters that Audrey wrote.

To be honest, I was really liking the book until Amelia’s love life began to overshadow what she was learning about herself and about life. I really liked that Amelia was learning new things about herself as she was filming the remake of Roman Holiday. Then everything with Philip began overshadowing everything and then the book wasn’t so much fun anymore. I think the story should have focused more on Amelia and what she was able to discover. The author also seemed to focus on brand names a lot. I understand that a lot of actors and actresses become very wealthy but it almost seemed like this had a sponsor plug-in feel to it a lot.

three-stars

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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