Today Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Three Days in Florence by Chrissie Manby, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!
About the author:
Chrissie Manby is the author of seventeen romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her recent novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.
Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on http://www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can’t walk in.
You can follow her on Twitter @chrissiemanby, or visit her website http://www.chrissiemanby.co.uk to find out more.
About the book:
When a mini-break becomes make or break…
Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she’s thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil’s constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it’s not exactly the romantic break Kathy was hoping for.
But when a mix-up with her flights leaves Kathy stranded in the city, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay on alone.
What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun, as Kathy begins to question the choices that have led her here. With the help of the colourful Innocenti family, who offer Kathy a place to stay, she gradually begins to realise that there’s a much bigger world out there, if only she can be brave enough to explore it.
Could Italy hold the answers to her future happiness? Or is Kathy destined to return to her old life?
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Now and again I like to embrace my sparkly side and Three Days in Florence really provided the sunshine I needed!
Kathy Courage has held a life long desire to visit Florence after hearing tales of her parents honeymoon there and is given the opportunity to attend a family wedding. The only thorn in her side is her boyfriend Neil and his three teenage children who are intent on ruining her break. The daughters are mortified to even be seen in the vicinity of Kathy, his son is permanently glued to his phone and Neil is just a condescending a-hole! I could definitely identify with some of the behaviours from the trio of teenage terrors but thankfully my daughters aren’t as vapid as Neil’s!
The issues with this extended family aren’t the only problems that Kathy faces there’s also a surprise proposal, a mix up with flight times leaving her alone in Florence for three days and a robbery. I wouldn’t have blamed Kathy if she holed herself up in a hotel room for those three days but instead she is Kathy the brave and embraces the moment to explore. She is taken in by the glorious Innocenti family who show her what kindness truly is; cheeky Manu and “fragrant” pup Faustino were a delight to read!
I loved seeing how Kathy changed under the influence of The Innocenti family and how she stopped to take stock of what she really wanted out of the rest of her life.
This is the first book of Chrissie Manby’s that I have read and I will definitely be reading more. The perfect poolside read!