I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.


Today’s letter is U and the book I’ve chosen is Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino. It’s about a woman living in London who does a house swap with an Italian landscape gardener. I loved this and felt as if I’ve been to Triento with Stella, the main character. I definitely recommend this if you want to escape from your routine life and need some Italian sunshine and delicious food.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

29609970“Stella has life under control – and that’s the way she likes it. For twenty-five years, she’s been trusted assistant to a legendary fashion designer, but after her boss dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing to do apart from clear the studio.

It seems as though the life she wanted has vanished. She is lost – until one day she finds a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village. Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?

But what was intended as just a break becomes much more, as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger’s life. As the villa begins to get under her skin, she can’t help but imagine the owner from the clues around her. She meets his friends, cooks the local food he recommends and follows suggestions to go to his favourite places. But can an idea of someone ever match up to the reality? As Stella wonders if she can let go of the safety of her past, perhaps there’s a chance for her to find a way into her future…

What do you think of my choice for the letter U?

What would you have chosen?