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review 2018-03-05 19:49
My Italian Bulldozer: A Novel - Alexander McCall Smith

I really enjoyed the first book of the Ladies' Detective Agency, but the second and third didn't have the same impact for me, so I haven't persevered with them. The Professor von Igelfeld series was a huge disappointment, so I wasn't particularly excited when my book group decided they wanted to read an Alexander McCall Smith book because the author was coming for our Lit Fest. It had to be a stand-alone book, and his most recent non-series novel was My Italian Bulldozer. I listened to a sample of the audio version but found the narrator irritating, so I went ahead with the book.

It started out reasonably well, with cookery author, Paul Stewart, heading for Italy to finish his overdue book on Italian cookery. He has a somewhat dubious encounter at the car rental office on arrival in Pisa, that results in him hiring the only remaining vehicle in town, a bulldozer. The story continues on from there, with one crazy situation following on from the previous, in quick succession.

This is definitely a book for fans of farce, which I certainly am not. 
It got pretty much slated by my book group, so at least I was not alone. It was hard to discuss because there really wasn't anything of substance in the story. The most interesting part related to the random positioning of boundaries that decreed whether given a wine was entitled to a prestigious title or not.

Did it make me want to take a trip to Italy? Yes, it was pretty atmospheric.
Will I read any more from this author? Probably not, sadly.

To top it off, Mr McCall Smith got stuck in the snow in UK and didn't make his scheduled session anyway!!


Previously read:
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (5 stars)
Tears of the Giraffe (3 stars)
Morality for Beautiful Girls (3 stars)

The 21/2 Pillars of Wisdom (1 star)
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (1 star)

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review 2018-02-07 00:00
Italian Billionaire's Unexpected Lover (The Romano Brothers Series Book 2)
Italian Billionaire's Unexpected Lover (The Romano Brothers Series Book 2) - Leslie North She needs a break. He needs a reality check. Ancient ruins and modern romance are at the helm of another Leslie North stunner. Luciana's heart leads her to Italy. Can an arrogantly, intoxicating pain in the butt, keep her there? With a heavy heart Luciana sets about raising a niece she loves and mourning a sister she lost. There is no time for anything else. Until a job opportunity pits her against the man of her dreams with a nightmare personality. Gianpierre has the money, looks and name, but his manners are atrocious, his attitude aggravating and his allure addictive. Someone is headed for heartbreak. Fiery personalities, heated attraction and emotional upheaval, make for a turbulent roadway to love.
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review 2018-01-30 00:00
Italian Billionaire's Stubborn Lover (Romano Brothers, #1)
Italian Billionaire's Stubborn Lover (Romano Brothers, #1) - Leslie North Ms. North drops readers in the middle of a dream with The Italian Billionaire's Stubborn Lover. Beautiful views brought to life by descriptive imagery. An attraction that has roots in spellbinding history and a majestic building that holds the key to love, life and legacy. As Nicolo and Adeline butt heads, they join hearts in a romance that is larger than life and hard to forget. Out of the remnants of an old building, rises the beginning of a happily ever after for a man afraid to dream and a woman determined to succeed. A tribute to sentiment, driven by an epic tale of love.
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review 2018-01-27 11:00
War and Peace in Classical Japan: The Heiké Story by Yoshikawa Eiji
The Heike Story: A Modern Translation of the Classic Tale of Love and War (Tuttle Classics) - Fuki Wooyenaka Uramatsu,Kenkichi Sugimoto,Kenichi Sugimoto,Eiji Yoshikawa

Japanese literature has a lot to offer although little is available in English translation. One of the great writers known also in the western hemisphere is Yoshikawa Eiji.


The Heiké Story is an epic story of war and peace with sentimental sidesteps – set in Classical Japan and based on true events as well as characters! Well, not as epic and colourful as the Japanese original must be because the translator took it upon himself to decide which plotlines and details might be interesting for western readers. Despite all, the life story of Heita Kiyomori is an intriguing novel that makes the classical "Tale of the Heike" accessible to modern readers.


Please click here to read my long review on my main book blog Edith's Miscellany!


Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2018-01-06 00:00
The Italian Billionaire's New Year Bride
The Italian Billionaire's New Year Bride - Scarlet Wilson Phoebe and Matteo are a mix of sweet, salty and sexy. Ms. Wilson has a talent for exposing the best of a character at the worst of times and still allowing readers to fall in love with them. The Italian Billionaire's New Year Bride is a modern nod to the legend of fairy tale angst with a bouquet of heart and a bundle of fantasy. Cheers to new beginnings and happy endings.
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