Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Villa Girls by Nicky Pellegrino


                                                 The Villa Girls by Nicky Pellegrino

The Villa Girls was a book that I had been trying to limit myself to a few pages a day until "When In Rome" (by the same author) was released . I love Nicky's books!, there is something so moreish about them. No matter which book you pick up ,relationships, friendships,marriage, and delicious food are included, and all this combined make for a very satisfying read let me tell you!!!

This particular story is told from Rosie's perspective and she is a really great narrator. After the sudden tragic death of her parents Rosie finds herself alone in the world. Staying with her Uncle  and her aunt is not her favourite place in the world, but for now it will have to do.

After skipping school one day she meets Addolarato and the two have a day of illicit eating ,shopping and chatting. Afterwards Addolarato invites her to come with her and her friends Toni and Lou on holiday to Spain with them, which she accepts. The Villa Girls are created!!!
Addolarato never expected to be become such good friends with Rosie, but after they all got back from their holiday she missed her new friend.
Rosie wants to change her life after coming back from holiday so moves out of her Uncle's place and gets a place to stay, it's not the nicest place in the world but it will do for now. After a meaningful meeting with a psychic Rosie decides to go to Addolorato's father Beppi and get his advice on buying a place of her own.. Addolorato is so thrilled to see her and she is welcomed in the restaurant and the lives of the Martinelli family. This is just what Rosie needs, a family atmosphere that is warm and welcoming and with their help she begins to bloom and find out what she wants to do with her life.

 After deciding three years is too long to wait for another Villa Girls holiday, the girls decide to visit Italy this time, and one girl happens to catch the eye of a wealthy Italian....yep it's Rosie !!!!!

While over in Italy Enzo is a young man who lives on an Olive grove that has been in his family for generations. The entire family live here, and it is one huge Italian family who eat,live and work together.Now if he only had a wife to share it all with......
Things are not going well on the Olive grove as his gambling father and philandering grandfather have made a lot of bad decisions for the family business and it looks like it is up to Enzo to try and fix it. Will scandal and corruption turn a certain villa girl off Enzo..... You will have to read to find out :0)

This story is so full of food, love and relationships and scandal , it is just divine. It was so hard to limit myself to a few pages a day as I wanted to gulp it down like large mouthfuls of the wonderful pasta dishes mentioned in the story.
This story was the equivalent of a literary feast with each wonderful character bringing their own unique story  to the table.

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