Secrets on your doorstep don't stay secret for long... A romantic comedy perfect for fans of of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.
When Daniele Bracci – a musician at Rome's Opera Theatre arrives at his new apartment, he is surprised by the warm welcome he receives from his neighbours. Giovanna however, is more preoccupied with introducing him to her daughter Anita. But what she doesn't know is that for the last two years, Anita has been secretly seeing someone else.
When Anita is introduced to the new tenant, she has the shock of her life – Daniele was Anita's first love at high school. Can she come to terms with the terrible way things ended between them?
But Anita isn't the only one with something to hide... and none of these secrets go unnoticed by Pina, the apartment gossip who writes everything down in her secret diary...
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
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About the Author
Olivia Hart is a collective group of authors who met five years ago on a writing course and then could no longer do without each other's company. They decided to write a novel that would bind them forever.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Best described as a snapshot read, this multiple perspective, multiple character story is set in a small apartment complex in Rome. Each of the apartments’ residents has a say in the story – some move rapidly with plenty of action, others are more slow reveals of just moments in time. Overall, the story was pleasant to read, if disjointed, as each character’s story was broken into specific moments. A gay couple, a single older man, a young family with a particularly nosy wife, a photographer who is subletting his space to a musician, and the widow with her adult daughter. The sense of everyone being involved in and commenting to the comings and goings and moods bring a slight sense of insularity and small town feel, even in the midst of a very busy Roman suburb. There are romances and secrets, drama and everyday life playing out on the page: and while it wasn’t a read in one sitting story that demanded my attention, the story was reasonably well-written, even as the multiple cut ins and out to display all the perspectives and moments was horribly distracting. It was hard to find any one character that jumped out as much or as clearly as Anita – but she also captured the most page time with her hidden romance with a Japanese man several years her elder, the return of her first love and her toxic ‘friendship’ with one of the most vapid and vindictive ‘friends’ I’ve ever met. While I think this story would have been far more successful with less ‘input’ from the multiple characters as they competed for attention with loosely developed stories and no measurable growth, the stand out moments from the story were the immature and often overly emotional reactions from Anita – and her constant state of confusion. Perfect for a pool-side read where attention can be split between an acceptably written if not wholly engaging story and life as it happens around you. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
As the cover displays to me it looked like a fun read that would or could be quite lighthearted so I was happy to jump in. It make a fresh difference to the regular thrillers I have been reading lately so it allowed me to come in with a complete fresh clear mind which I love to do within genre's at times. This is set in Rome, in an apartment with varying people, of varying ages which made for some readers 'nosy times' where you could peek into others lives. We have Daniel who is house sharing, Anita who is around 28 years old, shes a tour guide and travels around nipping here and there on her moped. There were likeable characters and some you didn't like so much as with your own neighbourhood. Some very loud dramatic moments, arguments which may seem to be OTT but aren't some arguments like that anyhow? What one person finds as petty another would be really dramatic about and not stop shouting about how they feel. Then there were the secrets. We have some elements of romance, some witty laugh out loud moments and some 'raising your eyes to the ceiling' moments when you wanted to say "come on already". The conversational ability was well sentenced although at time there were some things that didn't honestly need to be explained and repeated as the reader could work it out themselves I thought. I did think this was a "busy" book with a lot going on and a lot of people, so sometimes had to reread a few pages and get my head together around it to keep it. On a downside, the thinking out loud moments that were written didn't lay easy with me, it sometimes confused me. If the stories per person where spaced out or maybe as chaptered individually maybe that would work better to follow. All in it was a fun read. My thanks to ARIA for my copy via Net Galley