The Rome Affair
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’s, The Perfect Present, Christmas on Primrose Hill, Christmas Under the Stars and The Paris Secret.