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The Villa Girls

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  774 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Four friends, a sun-drenched escape, and a holiday that will change everything...

THE VILLA GIRLS is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world and whatever they're doing they'll meet every few years for a holiday together somewhere sunny. Despite life taking them in very different directions, their snatched days in the sun in little hidden
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Orion (first published June 1st 2011)
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Dion Ribeiro
Jun 03, 2015 Dion Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro que nos faz sonhar com férias na Itália, comidas saborosas, verão e praia, amizades e amores difíceis. Apesar de não ter sido uma leitura muito surpreendente, foi bastante agradável e envolvente.

Uma vez que estive recentemente em Itália, não deixei de pensar no quanto os italianos são barulhentos, adoram gritar e falar todos ao mesmo tempo, é assim no livro e é assim na realidade! :D

Carla Soares
Leitura agradável, muita comida boa... tão boa!

Escolhera o livro pela capa com rapariga bonita e sol de Verão, a prometer uma leitura leve como um copo de sangria branca ao fim do dia, e ele cumpria, com um início de prólogo, "Sinto-me feliz solteira, a sério que sinto. Na minha vida não há espaço para um homem. No meu guarda roupa não há espaço para as meias e para os casacos de malha dele, e em lado nenhum há espaço para os frascos de gel do cabelo ou para as lâminas de barbear." a sugerir um
Dec 26, 2011 Kiwiflora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What more can one ask for over the summer/Christmas holiday period than lying down with a bit of chick-lit. How blissful and escapist! I had forgotten how intensely enjoyable a bit of relaxing, romantic and light reading can be. And you can read extraordinarily quickly which enables you to move onto the next one...

And, to take the bliss one step further, how about a setting of southern Italy, to an olive estate, owned and operated by the one family for some generations - oh the history, the fami
Feb 07, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It could be 5 stars instead of 4 if the ending wasn't rushed.
How to start, the book is very easy to read, the story is very well developed which is something rare to see for this kind of romance and the characters are quite likeable.

What i liked in this book: The two main characters have their own chapters, Rosie talks in the first person and the Enzo chapters are in the third person. You have the opportunity to know each character, their story before they met, their life years before the "prese
Sue Shepherd
Feb 05, 2017 Sue Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A light and lovely story that captures the value of friendship and the love of good Italian food
Great for a weekend or holiday read. Love Nicky's books.
callan una
May 25, 2014 callan una rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-enjoyable
I really really enoyed this book. It was a quick read, with a nice pace. The book characters drew me in quickly from the first chapter & made me want to know how the story progressed and how the lives of the characters would pan out.
I suppose some might disparagingly describe this as "Chick Lit", however the story & writing are much better than that, and certainly the first 3/4 of the book really moves along at a cracking pace. The characters are well written and the main character is i
Jun 16, 2013 Mekerei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicky Pellegrino has once again written a good read. The story line isn't as lite as her others, its about four girls as they mature through their teens and twenties.

It's an excellent chic lit of friendships, careers, life and food.

I love the way that Nicky Pellegrino manages to weave bits of her books into each other.

Four & half stars
Jacqui Mccann
after reading Delicious and The Italian Wedding I found the Villa Girls disappointing and didnt feel the essence of italy was captured as well. Slow to start the story only kicks in halfway through the book whilst the ending feels rushed. Not the authors best book at all I was left with the feeling it wasnt as well thought out and was a rushed by product of the Italian Wedding that didnt really seem to fit.
OK read...I agreewithh others the endig was rushed and unsatisfying.
Cora Koehorst
Aug 10, 2015 Cora Koehorst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heerlijk boek om te lezen. Leuk verhaal. het gezin van Pepe komt ook voor in een van de andere boeken van de schrijfster. Zo krijg je weer een hele andere inkijk.
Aug 16, 2015 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read I couldn't put it down. Love the idea of villa girls!
Oct 07, 2011 Piad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
An easy read. Good choice for a quite weekend or for holiday as it's light & fluffy but still enjoyable.
Dec 19, 2014 Thyrze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het is een leuk verhaal voor tussendoor, maar het kwam maar langzaam op gang. Ik was al over de helft toen de gebeurtenissen uit de samenvatting pas gebeurden..
Jun 22, 2017 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Jul 06, 2014 Catarina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Foi o segundo livro que li da autora, mas não superou o primeiro, Caffè Amore.

Uma vez mais, todas as referências a Itália e à comida italiana dão vontade de regressar (e de comer melhor lá!), porque não há como não imaginar de forma imensamente vívida tudo o que é descrito com tanta destreza.

Contudo, a história podia ter sido melhor explorada, melhor aproveitada. O que senti enquanto lia foi que muito se repetia, passagens, frases, acontecimentos…por mais que uma vez dei por mim a pensar que uma
Jun 02, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up The Villa Girls because I was wanted a seaside novel that I hoped would be a good summer read. This novel alternated between chapters focusing on Rosie, a young woman who recently lost her parents, and Enzo, a young Italian man on the path to taking over his family's olive oil business. Rosie was insecure but harbored a need to fit in and belong again. The book began when she stumbled into a friendship with Addolorata that landed her in a villa in Spain and resulted in her placement ...more
May 04, 2011 Edel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I tracked this down to read mainly because it was on the Top 100 list a couple of years ago, and I felt like something light and summery. It's about 4 girls who go on holiday after finishing school, and despite not particularly getting on, decide to have more villa holidays together - apparently because they're all too dysfunctional to find friends they actually like. Rosie the heroine lost her parents in a car crash and is solitary, brittle and pessimistic; Adollorata is brash and feisty and dr ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Rose lives in London and is orphaned when her parents die in a car accident. She has three female friends and they become the "villa girls" who go on holiday to stay in villas in various sunny countries every year or so. Enzo lives on an olive estate in South Italy which he will one day inherit. Their stories unfold in dual storylines which eventually intersect when they meet on holiday. This is an easy read that's fairly predictable but is still a lovely, summery story with more shade to it tha ...more
....het boek gaat over de levens van Rosie en de italiaanse jongen Enzo.... 2 aparte verhalen die eigenlijk pas aan het einde bij elkaar komen...mooi verteld....Rosie die op jongen leeftijd haar ouders verliest en een klein beetje ontspoord die bevriend raakt met een 3 meiden waar ze mee op vakantie gaat ....vakantie bevalt zo goed dat ze 3 jaar later nog een keer met zn allen gaan ze komen in een klein italiaans dorpje waar ze Enzo en zn vrienden ontmoeten .... Rosie en Enzo worden verliefd...m ...more
May 09, 2013 Celliej rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verrassend! Ik dacht eigenlijk dat ik een chicklit aan het lezen was, waardoor ik in het begin even mijn verwachtingen moest bijstellen. Ik vond het een erg leuk, makkelijk boek waar toch een prima verhaal in zat en uiteindelijk ook de romantiek die je van een chicklit zou verwachten. Wat ikzelf erg goed vond is het feit dat je de twee hoofdpersonen leert kennen enkele jaren voordat ze elkaar leren kennen, waardoor je meer van hun achtergrond weet en er meer diepgang in het boek zit. Van deze sc ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Viviane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het eerste boek wat ik las van deze schrijfster, maar vast niet de laatste! Wat een heerlijk boek, je komt helemaal in zomerse en Italiaanse sferen. En je krijgt gelijk zin om een lekkere pasta klaar te maken en in de tuin op te eten. Er zijn twee verhaallijnen van de Engelse Rosie en de Italiaanse Enzo. In het begin vond ik de verhaallijn van Enzo wat traag op gang komen, daarom 4 sterren. De emoties en sfeer kon ik erg goed proeven. "Villa Rosa" ga ik ook nog eens opzoeken, deze villa kwam ook ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Mariazita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depois de algumas leituras mais pesada mas muito boas, que tenho lido,um livrinho de Nicky Pellegrino é sempre bem vindo.
E entramos de férias novamente , pelas terras quentes, paisagens magnificas e receitas deliciosas da Itália.
Um livro destes, em que degustamos receitas cheias de sabor, um romance terno, escrito de uma maneira simples e directa , é sempre bom.E tenho mais livros da autora para ler no intervalo das próximas leitura.
Aconselho a ler.
Loved this book. The story is wonderful and its written so well that as you're reading you can imagine it all happening. there are characters here from her last book 'The Italian Wedding' which I also really enjoyed, and it was nice to find out a bit more about them as there lives connected with other characters. This book is definitely not fluffy chick lit but intelligent chick lit as there is more it it than girls having a good time.
Jun 16, 2013 Ailhlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, hea, chick-lit
I really enjoyed this and it's certainly an easy summer read, both the food and the Italian descriptions were enjoyable.
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All in all though a good read.
Sherrie Howey
This book is set in London and Italy and told by 2 people; Rosie and Enzo. The descriptions of the scenery in Italy is wonderful and the descriptions of the food makes one want to get on the next flight to Italy. This is a totally enjoyable light read and my only issue with it was the abrupt ending as I would have liked a bit more detail. Nevertheless, I have just ordered 2 additional books by the author and look forward to reading them.
Linzie Aucote
I found this novel difficult. it's taken me 4 months to read which says a lot. It was okay to start but then it felt like the story was dragging mainly when rosie is getting a place of her own but it picks up again when they go to Italy. it was a shame as I didn't enjoy this book a much as I have enjoyed Nick's other novels and I was starting to give up. glad I've finished it now though.
Oct 13, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it..... amazing descriptions of (mainly) Italian food, Italian life in the south, people etc etc.... with a good story line. I wasn't sure which way it was going to go right to the end.

I love Nicky Pellegrino's books and if you do to you should also try Adriana Trigiani
So so. It was a slow start and a rushed ending. I also felt the title of the book didn't quite fit the story either - I thought it'd be about the four girls, but it's just mainly about one of them. Villa Days or something like that might've been better.

Loved the descriptions of all the food though. Made me want to return to Italy!
Natalie Angus
Jul 27, 2012 Natalie Angus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book didn't pull me in the same as Nicky's other books have. I enjoyed it but could easily go a few days without reading it. I liked the character's and like the fact the Italian bit was set in the same place as previous novels. Like other reviews I've read I felt she was quick to finish the book, but maybe that lend's itself to a sequel!?
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I was born and grew up near Liverpool, England. For a while I worked as a magazine journalist in London but then 21 years ago I came on holiday to New Zealand and met my future husband Carne Bidwill at a wedding. Now we live together near a beach in Auckland with our dogs Charlie the standard poodle and Lucy the pointer. I spend my time writing novels, working as a freelance journalist, riding my ...more
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