Janetta Orlando’s life has been bouncing along the gutter like a Brunswick bowling ball after a series of disastrous relationships and bad breakups. When her girl’s getaway with her best friend, Anne, to the wine country is abruptly cancelled, she is left with nothing to look forward to. No vacation. No wine. No men.
Bob White is headed to Rome from Pittsburgh with his girlfriend, Connie, who is fluent in Italian, to sell his invention to an Italian businessman. Days before their departure, Connie dumps him leaving him without a translator or a clue as to how to conduct business in Rome.
When Bob reluctantly arrives at Janetta’s salon, Bella Figura, for the complete makeover Connie had scheduled for them prior to their breakup, Janetta concludes that Bob is a hopeless loser who desperately needs her makeover magic if he's going to have any chance of selling his invention. When Bob tells her that Connie is no longer accompanying him to Rome, Janetta lies and says that Connie must be crazy. Why any girl would love to go to Rome with him. Janetta muses that she loves the Eternal City so much that she’d go to Rome with Satan if he asked her.
After Bob learns that Janetta has two weeks off and speaks Italian, he presents her with a deal: He will pay her to accompany him to Rome to serve as his translator. At first hesitant, she agrees but soon learns that the devil is in the details as she and Bob clash over nearly everything from fashion to food.
When they finally arrive in Rome, Janetta meets the Italian businessman, handsome Giuliano Legato, where her reckless ways ignite a catastrophe that jeopardizes everything Bob has worked for and dreamed of accomplishing. She also learns that there is more depth to Bob than she’d assumed, and that she is the one who is desperate need of a makeover—of her life.
Laughter, tears, and love flow like the Trevi Fountain as Janetta, with the help an unlikely aide, finds her true herself and her true love in Rome.
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About the Author
Janice Lane Palko has been a professional writer for 20 years. The author of four novels, she recently released her newest romantic suspense, Most Highly Favored Daughter. During her career, she has written everything from greeting cards to web content and has taught several classes at the Allegheny County Community College from Building English skills to creative and memoir writing.
She is currently on the staff of the website Popular Pittsburgh and has been the executive editor of Northern Connection and Pittsburgh 55+ magazines, where she also contributed to the editorial content, writing her own column and numerous features. Palko has also been a columnist with the North Hills News Record and regularly contributes articles to St. Anthony Messenger magazine.
In addition, she has worked as a freelance writer for Krol Media, which was recently honored for being one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing businesses. She has written press releases, articles, profiles and marketing literature for a variety of clients from physicians to film producers to non-profits and hotel chains.
Palko has had numerous articles published in publications such as The Reader’s Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman’s World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her works have been featured in the books A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers, and Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul.
A graduate of Union Institute & University with a B.A. in Writing & Literature, Palko has won several awards for her writing including the prestigious Amy Foundation Award of Merit. Her writings have also garnered accolades at the The Kent State Writer's Conference, and she has been selected as Writer of the Month by Oatmeal Studio greeting cards.
Her first novel, a romantic dramedy called St. Anne's Day, is set in Pittsburgh can be best described as Cheers meets The Taming of the Shrew.
Her second novel, A Shepherd's Song, is a Christmas story that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer.
Her third novel, Cape Cursed, is a romantic suspense, set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.