Wandering wednesday

Wandering Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Hayley Reviews allowing Wanderlust and love of books that enhance that feeling. “There’s no real specific, I just want to create a meme that can get us wandering and sharing books and ideas etc. So post and #WanderingWednesday and please please link back to me.”


Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino

Published by Orion 2016

29609970Stella 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…

I always feel like I’ve been to Italy whenever I read a book by Nicky Pellegrino and this book was no different. I remember feeling quite sad when I finished it, as I really enjoyed the story and of course the wonderful descriptions of the Italian food, making me want to be more adventurous with my cooking. I loved the friends she made and also the fact that they are characters I’ve met in previous novels by the author. Definitely recommend this if you need a bit of an escape from your routine life and need some Italian sunshine and delicious food.