All the Way to Heaven

All the Way to Heaven

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by Becky Doughty

Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she's been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early—a trip to Tuscany—but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to


Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she's been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early—a trip to Tuscany—but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.
When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family's country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it's been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.
Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.
Although All the Way to Heaven is a stand-alone novel, it is the first book in The Fallout Series, a collection of sweet contemporary romances that follow characters featured in the first book.

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Becky Doughty is the author of the best-selling Elderberry Croft series and the voice behind BraveHeart Audiobooks. She writes Women’s Fiction with strong elements of romance, as well as Young Adult and New Adult Fiction. Becky’s favorite people are edge-dwellers, those who live on that fine line where hope and despair meet, where love is the only answer and grace becomes truly amazing. Becky is married to her champion of more than 25 years. They have three children, two of whom are grown and starting families of their own, and they all live within a few miles of each other in Southern California. They share their lives with too many animals, a large vegetable garden, and a strange underground concrete room they’re certain was built for dark and sinister purposes….

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All the Way to Heaven 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great character development, descriptive language, eye for detail. I felt as if I were right there in Lucca with Ani.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Somewhat predictable as to which suitor she should and did choose, but a very enjoyable read. Glad it was clean so I don't have to be embarrassed should someone find it on my Nook.
chbrown21 8 months ago
A good read, especially for those who like a peek into other cultures. Take this one to the beach with you.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Okay, so I would classify this as a well written, sweet, clean and adorable romance story. It was refreshing and could definitely be classified as fantasy! Very enjoyable!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story, not over the top and not understated. Good read!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I won this book as part of Nerd Girl's Random Swagging and I'm so thankful to the author for donating her book to be given out as Swag! I have to admit that I had a little bit of trouble in the beginning getting into this book. I didn't like some of the decisions the main character, Ani, was making and her attitude towards life. What I didn't end up liking about the story in the beginning very quickly turned into why I love the book so much now. Ani, as a character, truly grows and blossoms throughout the novel and her view on life is altered by her experiences, both good and bad. She becomes a character that you're truly rooting for and after getting into the story and finishing the book, I can see why she behaved the way she did at the beginning...we needed to see that growth to truly appreciate the ending. No spoilers from me, but what we get from this book is a journey not only across distance, but in love and personal development. This is one of the first romances I've read in a fairly long time that brought happy tears to my eyes. If you're a sucker for foreign travels, and heartfelt romances, you should definitely pick up this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I almost didn’t download this book because the cover didn’t appeal to me. But, the bulk of the story takes place in Italy, more specifically on an olive tree farm/villa, so I understand the reason for the cover design. It’s just not a typical romance reader cover. But this isn’t a typical romance, either. :) The beginning slogged with a bit too much backstory for my taste, but the story kept calling to me, and I refused to put it down. I’m glad I didn’t because I would’ve missed nuggets like this: “Lucca is full of light and joy. If you look for it with open eye and open heart and open hand, you will find happy here.” After discovering the ugly truth about her boyfriend/college professor, Anica “Ani” Tomlin escaped to Italy for an early graduation gift. “Pain, she is a beautiful woman. You must hold her and comfort her until she is ready to go. Then she will leave some of her beauty with you when she goes.” Doughty rocks descriptions! I felt like I’d wandered into the book and onto the pages myself, plunked right into the landscape of Italy. The pastry shop in the medieval city. The villa overlooking the olive tree farm. Truthfully, I didn’t want to leave. Through an unfortunate accident and the theft of her personal documents, Ani’s plans change. Not only her plans, but she changes. Initially, I sympathized with her humiliating discovery and then the chain of events that left her injured and stranded. But she seemed a bit self-centered, and even with her predicament, I found it hard to like her, especially her treatment of Paulo. But when she finally realizes who her heart longs for and recognizes that her new friends are experiencing far more devastating issues, she redeems herself. All the Way to Heaven is geared for New Adult readers, and I believe that’s accurate. But this Old Adult reader enjoyed it too. :) Sweet and clean, awesome descriptions, a very subtle faith thread, and a romance that finally materialized, (did it ever!) I would definitely read another Doughty book. How do you feel about covers? Would you choose to buy/read a book based on the cover alone? Do you judge a book by its cover? Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book while it was offered free on Amazon. I was in no way compensated for my fair and unbiased review. ~Dora Hiers, Fiction Faith & Foodies Blog
Clancy12 More than 1 year ago
Ever yearn for a feel good happy ending story filled with adventure, delightfully descriptive foreign locales, humor, mystery and a bevy of well thought out characters highlighted with an "I'll follow you anywhere" romance? Well, this is it! Ani is on a much desired vacation to Italy. She is staying in a small town in olive country before hitting the sights of the bigger cities. The people she meets seem to walk off the page as you experience their warm welcome to their village. Ani finds herself helpless after an accident and theft and must rely on her new found friends. Two men, attractive Dr Cosimo and American born Paulo, vie for her attention as she heals from her injuries and the emptiness in her heart. Your heart will flutter at the end. But isn’t that just the kind of book we need to read to escape from the crazy world around us. Highly recommend! This ebook was given to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Becky has an amazing way of creating imagery with her words. It was like you were in the scenery riding along on the Italian countryside. I enjoyed reading about the different characters’ thoughts and feelings. I especially like to hear their background stories, what makes them act the way they do. I was a little disappointed with how quickly Ani went from one relationship to the next, but my only complaint.
Shamdorf More than 1 year ago
Ani is a young woman who was led into a false relationship with her Professor. When she discovers that he’s actually married with a family she decides it’s time to vacation in Italy to get over the devastating event. As she arrives in Italy, it’s one problem after another on her first day. While biking, she is in an accident and ends up breaking her ankle, which puts her in the path of the good Doctor, Cosimo. He is an older good looking man who instantly finds Ani something worth going after. Ani also has Paulo who has since ignored her on a train, saved her after her fall and seems to be showing up at unexpected times. After she discovers that Paulo is actually an American things seem to go from bad to very very good. They spend the day together and the flames begin to ignite. After they each said they’d follow the love of their lives to wherever they were going, Ani finds herself cutting her trip short to follow Paulo after his mother is in a terrible accident. The descriptions of Italy and the culture there with the Olives and way of life is extremely well done. This author can make you believe you’re actually there. This is a wonderful book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a true love story without any of the graphic details.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
When it turns out that the man Anica has trusted and fallen for is already married with a family, what better way for her to recover than to take a trip to Tuscany? As I've done with other books by author Becky Doughty, I plunged into All the Way to Heaven blindly--no book blurbs or plot overviews in general, just an open book ready to take me somewhere. And this novel did indeed take me somewhere: straight to Italy, through vivid, evocative imagery; through nature and cuisine and lush, distinctively Italian manners; and through, well, olives, the fruit that is essentially a vital character in this story. Anica's down-to-earth narration of her outward and inward adventure in Lucca (much of it being a romantic adventure) had me gasping, cringing, and laughing by turns. There's one element of the romance that simmered for a while in a way that made me expect a coming conflict to resolve, surprising me when it, pretty easily, fizzled into nothing. But seeing the romance eventually come into its own was worth holding out for. Or, holding my breath for? Here's a trip to a beautiful countryside and a coming of age story that's rich, alluring, and wise--a call to open one's eyes. ____________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN. This is a beautiful book. A beautiful story, beautifully written. I will admit to skimming over some of the country side descriptions, but that doesn't mean I did not completely enjoy Ani's story. I just don't always enjoy reading about the view when I can read about the characters thoughts, feelings, emotions, and conversations. Thank you, Becky Doughty, for a wonderfully written story without the ugliness of coarse language and unnecessary sexual descriptions. Thank you for the reminders of God's presence in our lives even when and if we forget He is there. I received a copy this book for review. All opinions are my own.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
The story starts out with Ani discovering that her boyfriend has a family...and her heart is shattered. In an effort to heal, she takes her college graduation trip to Italy a few months early, but a bicycle accident leaves her without a thing to her name. Up to this point, I wasn't sure about the book and if it would draw me in enough or just be a downer, but after this point, I found myself pleasantly surprised to see that everything turned right around and completely engrossed me. I've never been to Italy, but I feel like I've been there now. Ms. Doughty's descriptions are vivid and detailed. Ani first encounters Paulo, but for some reason, although their paths have crossed a few times, he seems reluctant to help her. After the accident, Ani is taken to Dr Cosimo Lazzaro's family home to recover from her accident and finds herself enveloped in olive groves and romance. Cosimo is quite the charmer. Compared to David Gandy, he's very handsome and suave, yet Ani's heart isn't sure about another smooth talker. What's a girl to do--go for a reluctant man, a willing man, or no one at all? I couldn't get enough of the setting descriptions. I also loved the other characters. Each is full of a unique personality and true friendships are formed. I loved the growth and healing that Ani goes through. The surprising romance is toe tingling and believable. I love a story that is brain candy, yet has some substance and this is a perfect combination. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series! Content: swoony romance (kissing, but clean); mild violence (accident); no language or religious elements, aside from the characters visiting an ancient religious statue and mentioning a prayer. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*