12/52: From Rome With Love


Kath's Bookshelf / Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

I started my bank holiday Monday with the last couple of chapters of From Rome With Love by Jules Wake; the twelfth book I’ve read this year. I decided to challenge myself to reading fifty-two books this year (which I’m also documenting over on my Goodreads account) and, after a few relatively heavy reads and dreaming a lot about summer, I felt like From Rome With Love could be the book I was after.

From Rome With Love follows protagonist Lisa, on her quest to find her father and deliver to him a ring her deceased mother wanted to return to him. Only, he possibly lives in Rome. But then again, maybe he doesn’t. Her every now and then work colleague offers to be her Italian tour guide and she soon finds herself in the heart of Rome, with a sketchy plan, a guy that probably thinks he’ll win her over by the end of the trip and her once upon a time best friend but now sworn enemy, Will.

I neglect romance fiction on the regular, despite Nicholas Sparks being one of my all-time favourite authors. My mum gave me this book for my birthday and, since I visited Rome last year and now work at an Italian restaurant, it was no surprise that I constantly found myself thinking, “I remember seeing that in Rome!”/”I know that Italian wine!” throughout the book. I loved recognising the places and monuments Wake described and nodding excitedly at the food and wine she was referring to.

While I rated the book 4/5 on Goodreads, I wanted to rate it 3.5 (even though, for most of the book I thought it would be a solid 4). I often found myself cringing a little at how Lisa and Will thought about each other; although their thoughts were very typical of the romance genre- so it can definitely be forgiven. It was, however, the twist at the end that nudged it from a 4 to a 3.5 rating. I have two problems with the book that need a warning in terms of spoilers but these problems are… At one point in the book Will claims he would beat anyone to a pulp if they hurt Lisa. This kind of macho toxic masculinity lingers in books and films and I wish authors could see how out of date this thinking is. I find it weird that books promote this way of thinking as “normal.” I also felt as though we didn’t get to experience Lisa’s closure with her father. Considering this was the major driver of the plot, I was a little disappointed.

Despite having a few issues with From Rome With Love, I was gutted to finish and close the book on Rome and the protagonist, Lisa. It’s a heartfelt book that definitely makes you feel the type of warm and squishy you seek out when picking out a romance novel to read next. It’s easy to fall head over heels with the characters; Lisa, her nan and Will make for a very charming read. Although it’s part of a series, you can definitely go in without reading the others! I recommend this book if you start every day rolling your eyes at UK’s miserable weather. It’ll at least make you feel a little warmer.

I rate From Rome With Love by Jules Wake as 3.5/5 (4 on Goodreads!)!

You can…

  • Buy the book on Amazon HERE!
  • Check out other reviews of this book on Goodreads HERE!
  • Read my review of the eleventh book I’ve read this year HERE!

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book,” – Groucho Marx.

Love, Kath

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