Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

The Italian Party
by Christina Lynch

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 336
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.

When Scottie's Italian teacher--a teenager with secrets of his own--disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael's dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.

Kritters Thoughts:  Newly married couple, Scottie and Michael have moved to Italy for his job.  She will take on the responsibility of creating and maintaining their home while he ventures out to make the income.  Through some interesting escapades she ends up interacting with quite a few locals and ends up helping Michael with his job in the end.  

I liked this couple.  I loved the dynamic of being newly married and not knowing much of each other and also picking them up and putting them in an interesting circumstance - in a country where she doesn't speak the language and is overall clueless.  

I waited a few days to write this review and I am still on the fence about this book.  I loved the setting of Italy and the underlying espionage theme, but the book pacing or movement was just too slow and felt as though it was going on and on.  I went and looked up reviews after I finished and I agree with the love of the food in this book and every time they sat down for a meal, I was excited to hear about what they were eating, but this does not make a book for me.  This one will just end up being ok for me.  Definitely not a hate, but not a love either.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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