Book Reviews of When in Rome... : A Novel of Piazzas and Passion

When in Rome... : A Novel of Piazzas and Passion
When in Rome A Novel of Piazzas and Passion
Author: Gemma Townley
ISBN-13: 9780345478979
ISBN-10: 0345478975
Publication Date: 3/29/2005
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 71 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
A fast paced read. I really liked it - has more to the plot than the usual love story. Reminded me of Bridget Jones, and the Shopaholic.
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Helpful Score: 2
keeps you guessing until the last chapter. Romance, mystery, comedy!
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This book has some cute humor :) Gemma Townley is Sophia Kinsella's sister!
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If you like chicklit you will probably like this book. Me, not so much. I read this only because I needed a chicklit to complete a challenge. It's ok but Georgie the TSTL heroine is beyond stupid. After a two year relationship, she is dumped by a note on the kitchen table. She's now in love with David but after a chance encounter with Mike (the ex) her thought is "let's return to our boring existence". Huh? How can you be so in love and be bored to death at the same time. Anyway, when Mike starts chasing her, she's right there with him thinking he really does love me. WTH? Leaving David behind without a thought, she goes to Rome with Mike who makes her pay her own way and meet him a few days after he arrives. Again WTH? Can she really be that desperate?

When David unexpectedly arrives in Rome after telling her he was going to Geneva, she's surprised to see him but not in the least bit concerned in the change of plans or that she's staying in Mike's hotel room. I lost all respect for her when she further betrays David. I mean, she has a good thing going and she's ruining it for a possible relationship with the man who destroyed her. Are women really this stupid?

I had in mind two books that Georgie's story reminded me of: [book:Bridget Jones's Diary|227443] - the neurotic female, he loves me he loves me not syndrome; and [book:Can You Keep a Secret?|33724] - the woman with the job she pretends to be able to do but really just goofs off all the time as well as the company takeover and everyone losing their job thing. This is an ok book but certainly not an author I'd read again.
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A light-hearted intertaining story, with an unbelievably naive and flaky main character. The novel is witty, humorous and fast-paced, with many reference to the film "Roman Holiday."
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Modern English girl has a reliable boyfriend, but when her handsome, dashing ex-boyfriend reappears in her life and invites her to Rome for the weekend, she impulsively decides to accept. An easy chick-lit read, but the stupidity of the main character was kind of annoying.
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This book was a bit of a let down for me. If I pick up a book called When in Rome, then is it wrong to expect more than 55 of the 264 pages to actually be set in Rome?! Most of the book takes place in London.

I liked the main character Georgie enough to finish the book, even though I thought she was pretty clueless about most things. I won't be running out to find another book by this author though, I guess British chick lit isn't for me and I'm from England!!
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Fun chic lit book. Just what you would want in a chick book and for a vacation!!
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Breezy read. If you want a bit of fluff with not many characters to keep up with, this is your book. The story is silly, but as with 99.9% of this type of book, it has a happy ending.
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Funny and light. Another story about a misguided but mostly well-meaning young woman. If you like Sophie Kinsella's books, you'll probably like Gemma Townley's, too.
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I really enjoyed this book and made me want to go to Rome. Also highly reminded me of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn.
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the author couldn't have said it any better : "a novel of piazzas and passion"
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Very funny book to read.
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Okay, so at 1st I almost didn't finish the book, because I got so aggravated and frustrated with the main character Georgie for being an absolute idiot. But, I continued reading and it did get a lot better and she grew up by the end of the book and sorted everything out satisfactorily.
Good read - was able to finish in 2 days.
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Very cute book. A quick and easy, light-hearted read.
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Great book! Really enjoyable chick lit.
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When in Rome, do as Audrey Hepburn would do. Failing that, run off with your ex-boyfriend, carry suspicious packages through customs, and lie to the person who loves you. . . .

Georgie Beauchamp is totally happy and in love with her wonderful, dependable boyfriend, David. So why does she always daydream about running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike? It cant mean shes still in love with himespecially since the cad dumped her so horribly. As luck would have it, when Georgies daydream actually comes true, she is dressed in unglamorous sweats and carrying a curtain rod down the street, while Mike is driving an expensive sports car and looking better than Brad Pitt at the Oscars. She longs to have the glamorous life Mike can offerand starts to think that he might want her back in his arms.

But when he invites her for a weekend in Rome, Georgie is torn. David has always said hed take her there for the romantic getaway of a lifetime, but his work keeps him totally tied up. So she must choose: David, all comfort and reliability, or Mike, all flirtation and butterfly-stomachs. The decision isnt too hard to make, and faster than she can say Vespa, shes off to Rome with Mike, full of plans to frolic on the Spanish Steps and sip wine in intimate trattorias. But when David shows up unexpectedly, this roman holiday gets a hell of a lot more complicated. . . .
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Georgie is torn between two lovers and has to make a choice between one who will take her to Rome and one who is too busy.
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Georgie Beauchamp is totally in love with her wonderful boyfriend, David. So why does she always daydream about running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike? As luck would have it, when Georgies's daydream actually comes true, she is dressed in unglamorous sweats, while Mike is looking better then Brad Pitt at the Oscars. She longs to join Mike's glamorous life-and starts to think that he might want her back in his arms
But when he invites her to a weekend in Roam, Georgie is torn. David has always said he'd take her there for a romantic getaway, but his work keeps him totally tied up. She must choose: David, all comfort and reliability, or Mike, all flirtation and butterfly stomachs. Faster then she can say Vespa, she's off to Rome with Mike. But when David shows up unexpectedly, this Roman holiday gets a heck of a lot more complicated.......
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Georgie Beauchamp must choose between David, all comfort and reliability, or Mike, all flirtation and butterfly stomachs. Faster than she can say "Vespa," she's off to Rome with Mike. But when David shows up unexpectedly, this Roman holiday gets a heck of a lot more complicated....
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Georgie Beauchamp is totally in love with her wonderful boyfriend, David. So why does she always daydream about running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike?