“I absolutely adored this book. I'm so happy that I just plucked it off the shelf at the bookstore, because it said "Italian" in the beginning of the name. I'm Italian myself, so I already know the lanuage fluently, but I was interested to see how they would start a "Beginners" book on it, and I was surprised to see that it was a novel and not a self-help book on learning the language.
I've already recommended this book to two of my co-workers, and I'll definitely be recommending it to my friends. Not only was this book fun, wonderful, inspirational and spiritual, it also makes you wonder about your own life. Where it's headed and how it came to be. I haven't been this inspired by a book, since "Eat, Pray, Love" and I read a book everyday.
The main character, Cat was just a hoot. She was strong. Funny. Insecure. Confident. Loving. Charming. All mixed into one. She's a 34 year old woman whose very successful in her career, but not in love. Her home life is a shattered one because of her now deceased mother. She was left to raise her little sister and take care of her father, but never had time for herself. The only time, Cat, was ever happy was when she spent one summer in Rome for school, abroad.
After another "bad" date with a man she thought she could come to really like, she decides to just let go and fly back to Rome to find the one man she fell in love with and left a long time ago, Francesco. In Rome, that's where Cat, comes alive. That's when we truly "see" who Cat is. What she cares about. Loves. Feels. We also learn a lot about the mother that once left her and her sister & father when she was a little girl. Cat meets her mother's family. The story is heart breaking and sad. But, it's pure of love.
Also in Rome, Cat befriends Katerina and her family. Another wonderful story behind that. But, of course, the best of it, is Marco. The man who rescues her from the streets (literally) one night. They quickly become close and form a bond. We get to see Cat's vulernability, her warmth, her love.
When she's faced with the moment of going back home, back to her old life, will she? Can she now leave behind the NEW life and family & friends that she's come to love in a month?
Not only do we get to see Cat's story. But, we get to see Rome's story. We learn about the architecture. The food. The people. It's a wonderful read. It makes you feel as if you're in Rome yourself. If you're a traveler, you'll totally understand. And if you've already been on a Roman holiday yourself, you'll feel as if you're there once again.
Take yourself on a Roman holiday with Cat and her family & friends...You will not be dissapointed. This book made me want to pack my bags and head off to Rome to find myself too!!”
Daniela J. wrote this review Tuesday, March 8, 2011.