Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Published on January 27, 2015
Genres: Love, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 304 : Paperback
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
Before writing this review I was reading others on Goodreads and I discovered that this was a modern retelling of A Room With a View by E.M. Forester. While I was reading, that fact did not cross my mind at all (for some weird reason, since I have read the classic novel). So knowing that fact…here is my review:
I strongly liked this book. I can’t say that I loved it just because I think the beginning went in circles a lot and I really wanted to get down to the nitty gritty of the story. That being said, I did like that Ms. Lindner took the time to really explore and show the readers the sights, sounds, and smells of Italy from the very start. Writing a book where lot’s of travelling takes place sounds difficult based on that fact alone if the author is not in Italy (or wherever) so I did appreciate the amount of detail put into the setting.
Characters themselves sort of fell flat for me though. For me to really love a story, I have to get the full package and I think the weak characters let me down. There were lot’s of cliche’s in their personas, and I think I just wanted more originality overall.
It was a cute story, though, and perfect for the upcoming year, so I would check this out if you’re fans of Anna and the French Kiss and other stories of that like!