I was very kindly given this to read by Headline and decided to read it when we were having lovely sunny weather, and it completely transported me to the Italian countryside.
After a miserable break-up with her long-term boyfriend, Ruthie Collins drunkenly spends her half of the flat sale money on a run down farmhouse.....in Italy......on ebay. As you may already know, I am not an avid reader of 'chic-lit' novels, and the romance element seemed as predictable as they all generally are, the description of life in Italy, the culture, the people, the food, everything, was fantastic and spot on. You will 100% be transported to the beautiful rolling hills of Italy when you read this book, I promise. I started early on to daydream about buying my very own rundown farmhouse in Italy with my very own Italian love God...I digress.
When Ruthie turns up to her farmhouse in the pouring rain, she is shocked to discover just how much work she will have to do. She is also greeted by a goat who thinks he owns the property and a very angry neighbour.As she starts to realise just how much time, effort and money will be needed to make the house liveable again, she starts to wonder if she has made a terrible mistake. Her mother, boyfriend and brother have already made it clear to her that they think it is a crazy idea for her to by the house in Italy. As she slowly begins to settle in and work on her new home she battles the locals, feeling lonely and the wrath of the family next door who believe the house is not hers to buy.
Along with the slightly predictable romance element which I still enjoyed, Ruthie starts to learn some life lessons, and find what truly makes her happy. If you want an easy read which transports you to Italy and all it's beauty. this is a great summer time read.