Review: Rome in Love

Title: Rome in Love: A Novel
Author: Anita Hughes
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: August 4, 2014
Paperback, 314 pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-06413-4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher


From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

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 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.

My Thoughts:

I'm a sucker for old movies. Especially if they're starring Audrey Hepburn. I think I fell in love with her after watching Breakfast at Tiffany's. But since then I have seen all her movies multiple times. So the premise of this book really took hold of me. Amelia Tate has been cast to play Audrey Hepburn's role in the remake of Roman Holiday. Little does Amelia know that her life will mirror Audrey's in so many ways. They were/are both relatively new to the acting profession; they both have romance troubles; they both stayed in the same hotel suite while shooting Roman Holiday.

Amelia Tate eager to take on the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn, yearns to escape the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood lifestyle for a minute. Doing so she meets her new bff, a princess in hiding wanting to have a last hurrah before submitting to an arranged marriage. The two women, Amelia and Sophie hit it off right from the start. They travel around Rome eating fabulous food and doing touristy things. Amelia meets Philip when she's had a little too much to drink and falls asleep on him, and Sophie meets Theo, a doctor who dreams of saving the world. But both women have to lie about who they really are so that their secret identities can remain intact to protect their privacy. But the harder they fall, the more the lies weigh on them. In addition to it all, Amelia finds letters from Audrey Hepburn hidden behind a drawer in her hotel suite. The very same room that Audrey occupied when she was filming Roman Holiday. Through these letters, Amelia is able to find herself. 

Part of this novel is written in epistles from Audrey and part written from Amelia's perspective. And I really liked both points of view. I only wish the letters were real. Hughes takes us back in time to the 1950's when Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn shot the movie. The choices Audrey had to make, and the budding of a legendary career. Amelia is a fantastic character that readers will fall in love with. I have mixed feelings about Phillip, the love interest. While he was charming, I'm not sure he deserves Amelia. And then there's Rome. All the food, fashion, and history is a character on its own. Reading this book made me want a scone--real bad! 

This is a fantastic read that I think lovers of Audrey Hepburn, sweet romances, and well, scones, will love. Trust me, you'll have this book read in one weekend!

My rating: