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Book Review: The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

 The Rome Affair

Karen Swan

MacMillan

RRP: $34.99

If you like cheesy modern-day romance, set in a European city, mixed with a bit of a historical romance and mystery then this is the book for you!

This book really does take the cake (so far this year) for cheesiest book; and yet I can’t say I really disliked it.

Our protagonist is a modern day cliché of the young woman working in Rome – charming, funny, clumsy, forgetful, beautiful, single, with a circle of like-minded friends…can’t you just see it? A ‘unfortunate’ (yeah, right!) series of events leads to her working for the secretive Viscontessa across the piazza (I know – ridiculous, right!) and unlikely friendship is born.

As you can do doubt imagine this then leads to discovery of each other’s secrets, and for our heroine, a love match.

Really what makes this readable is the author’s great skill. It’s quite possible given the scathing review of the plot above you’re even keen to read it, but it is actually a well written and researched book. It was not hard to put down, but it was enjoyable and I was interested enough in the characters to keep reading.

This is a novel that will no doubt be enjoyed by many readers, if you can manage to immerse yourself in the somewhat formulaic and rather ridiculous storyline.

About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany’s, Summer at Tiffany’sThe Perfect PresentChristmas on Primrose Hill, Christmas Under the Stars and The Paris Secret.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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