Blog Tour: Three Days in Florence, written by Chrissie Manby | Review

Blog Tour: Three Days in Florence, written by Chrissie Manby | Review
Blog Tour: Three Days in Florence, written by Chrissie Manby | Review

Three Days in Florence by Chrissie Manby

Publication date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 352
Genre: Romance, Travel, family

Synopsis:

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?

– My Thoughts –

Three Days in Florence was a delightful read about a woman called Kathy Courage, who wanted to visit Florence for a long time and when her wish finally gets fulfilled, life throws Kathy a curveball that she never saw coming. 

Kathy Courage has always wanted to visit Florence because her parents honeymooned there, so she’s ecstatic when she and her boyfriend Neil, are invited to his brother’s wedding there. At the reception, Neil springs a huge surprise on her by getting down on one knee and proposing.

When there are several mix-ups with the flights, Kathy decides to stay in Florence for three days after the wedding – which Neil isn’t very happy about. Has she done the right thing in accepting Neil’s proposal? Does she want to be stepmother to Neil’s three children who doesn’t think of her any better than their father? Kathy’s train of thought is cut short when she is robbed and a kind stranger steps in to help her. It is none other than Carla Innocenti, whose family hotel Kathy ends up staying at, and to her surprise, she comes across Henry – a charming and enigmatic musician- for the second time in her visit. 

I loved Kathy so much. She’s such an amazing woman but is self-conscious due to her absolute tosser of a boyfriend undermine her at every moment. You can see the difference between Neil and his family and the Innocentis. The latter are kind, loveable, and offer refuge to Kathy when she needs it the most. Although the book is named Three Days in Florence, there is less sightseeing and more of Kathy’s interactions with locals such as the Innocenti family and it offers us a fresh perspective on things. 

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a light read that will make you laugh and also provide you with some family drama with the premise of a love story.

About the Author: Please connect with author Chrissie Manby here.

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Review + Giveaway: Truly Madly Royally, written by Debbie Rigaud

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Review + Giveaway: Truly Madly Royally, written by Debbie Rigaud

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Publication date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Point 
Pages:
 304
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
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Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

My Thoughts

Truly Madly Royally was like a mash-up of The Princess Diaries, The Prince and me and of course, the story of Harry and Meghan. I loved our protagonist Zora, who was smart, driven, kind and compassionate. Zora falls for our prince charming Owen while she was studying at a prestigious college and the rest is, as they say, history. The romance was way too fast and unbelievable for me. The problem I had was with Owen; he was such an unrelatable character that every scene of him with Zora made me cringe.

Overall, this was a light rom-com which can be enjoyed during the summer or whenever you’re looking for a quick read.

Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Debbie Rigaud

YA author Debbie M. Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines. She’s interviewed celebs, politicians, social figures and “real” girls. Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!, Essence, J-14, Trace, Heart&Soul and Vibe Vixen, to name a few. Her first YA fiction writing was published in the anthology HALLWAY DIARIES (KimaniTru Press/September 2007). Her first standalone YA book–a Simon Pulse romantic comedy titled PERFECT SHOT–is due out in the Fall of 2009

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