Wish You Were Italian
By Kristin Rae
If Only… – Book 2
Available May 2014
Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?
Part of a three book three author series, this does not have to be read in any particular order.
This Blonde’s Review:
Pippa’s life is really rather great when you look at it from the outside. She gets to go to Italy for the summer! Except that instead of going for fun she’s supposed to be part of an art program she has no interest in being a part of. It’s something her mom is forcing her to do. So instead she decides to take a chance and do what she wants to do. She’s in Italy! For the summer! Luckily she meets some nice people right away. A cute boy who shows her where to go, except he seems to have a girlfriend. Then a really nice Italian girl who invites her to stay with her family. Soon a friendship is made and PIppa’s summer seems made.
This does have that magical thing where everything works out, no finding herself homeless or hungry for Pippa. She has friends, she has two cute guys, and she is living someplace beautiful. But nothing can be too perfect of course. One guy she likes seems to have a girlfriend and doesn’t fit the criteria of falling for an Italian guy. The other is Italian but doesn’t seem to be entirely honest. Her new friendships are blossoming but the guys in her life keep throwing things off too.
Watching Pippa navigate her summer was so fun. It was light hearted and adorable. I liked that almost everything worked out. Nothing was perfect but that made all of the perfect moments even better. Pippa’s summer was life changing for her and the people around her. I know exactly who I wanted Pippa to end up with and what I hoped to have happen. There was a tragedy that was unexpected and sad. I almost want to say that it was unnecessary but sometimes tragedy can be the needed catalyst for change and I can see how the author chose to use that moment to change everything around.
As is the way in these books it is clearly a happy ending with the right things happening to her. We know it will when we pick up the book. But reading how she gets there was still entertaining for me. If it sounds good to you then I bet you’ll like it too.