Rome in Love

Finished Rome in Love by Anita Hughes.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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. ”

I was really excited for this book (traveling! love! movies! Roman Holiday!) but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

I didn’t really feel like I knew or understood Amelia and Philip.  Their relationship (and respective lies to each other) is the center of the novel, so that was a pretty glaring aspect for me.  It felt like several chapters or scenes may have been deleted or glossed over, and maybe if we could have spent more time with them, I would have liked them better.  Instead, they were each lying to each other and Philip especially seemed to be fairly unforgivable (at least from my perspective).

I did like Sophie (a secondary character who is essentially living a real life Roman Holiday), and any time she popped up, I had more fun.

And, of course, as a cinephile, I loved the parts with Audrey Hepburn.

But overall? This book left me incredibly cold.

On the plus side, it will really make you want to rewatch Roman Holiday, so there is that.

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