Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The House in Amalfi” as Want to Read:
The House in Amalfi
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The House in Amalfi

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  781 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Let Elizabeth Adler sweep you away to the dramatic cliffs and azure waters of Italy 's Amalfi coast, in this New York Times bestselling novel of secrets, memories, and love…

The secrets of her past lie in Italy
Lamour Harrington's husband died two years ago. It is the second time she has lost a man she loved to a tragedy: her father died in a mysterious boating acciden
...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 14th 2005)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The House in Amalfi, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The House in Amalfi

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,237)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Book Concierge
This has to be one of the stupidest books I’ve ever finished. Like other books by Adler this is basic romantic chick lit – a fast, easy beach read that tickles my romantic imagination. Beautiful, head-strong but vulnerable American goes to Italy in search of her roots and “the truth” about her father’s death. There she’ll meet a magnificent, wealthy Italian who will capture her heart. What’s not to like? Well … The writing is hackneyed; the character development is nil; and, about 100 pages from ...more
Mikki Karotkin
In case you haven't noticed yet, I love her cozy mysteries/travel books. She really gives a sense of place and danger but nothing too scary or violent. I call her work Chick Flicks with an Edge. :)
Ana Luisa
Devo confessar que este livro foi uma agradável surpresa. Já antes tinha lido uma obra desta autora que me tinha desiludido um pouco, por isso nas primeiras páginas fui lendo um pouco com cautela. O que aconteceu depois foi uma autentica surpresa! Para além dos maravilhosos passeios pelas ruas de Roma, dei por mim a viajar pelas lindas paisagens de Amalfi e a conhecer um pouco mais da vida da protagonista. Uma das razões da minha perdição por este livro foi o sítio onde se passava a acção, real ...more
Xana
3,5* seria mais justo, sem dúvida, recaiu para as 4 porque a escrita de Adler é, de facto, super fluída, agradável e deixa-nos sempre interessadas no que vai acontecer a seguir.
Gostei imenso das personagens, Lamour é uma mulher forte e Lorenzo um amorzinho mesmo! Ai e as descrições do comer deixam qualquer um de água na boca....
Recomendo, sem reservas :)
Colette
.... Let me start by saying I listened to this book. I checked it out of the library on a whim ....thinking what the heck. It is not the usual book I would read. This was by far the most entertaining audio book I have ever experienced. The narrator was Carrington MacDuffie and let me tell you she brought this book to life. Her ability to change to an Italian accent, switch for from female to male character was astounding. The story painted such a beautiful picture of the coast of Italy and the c ...more
ShelbyLibrary
Lamour Harrington is a landscape architect living in Chicago. Devastated by the deaths of the two men she's loved --- her father Jon-Boy and her husband Alex --- she has put her life on hold, allowing herself no play. She spends time remembering and holds memories of her time in Italy as a child, which was a period of perfect happiness.
Lamour's best friend, Jammy, bears devastating news. After hearing it, Jammy and Lamour travel to Rome together. Lamour urgently needs to find the truth behind he
...more
Mindi Montoro
I love to read about beautiful places, and I have heard the Amalfi coasts is one of the most beautiful places on this planet! Alder's description of the steep cliffs rising up out of the sea, the narrow winding road, and the pretty houses with trailing vines of gorgeous flowers covering them, and the beautiful blue water below brought back wonderful memories of the day we drove along the coast and stopped to eat lunch at a charming restaurant just like the ones Lamour and Jammy ate at. I loved a ...more
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Oferta Quinta Essência.
Proveniência: Oferta Quinta Essência/ A minha biblioteca.
A minha Opinião:
Gosto particularmente de livros cuja acção se passa em Itália porque é um país que gostava muito de conhecer!
Elizabeth Adler tem muitos livros publicados passados precisamente em Itália mas este foi o primeiro li da autora!
Este é um romance interessante que conta a história de Lamour Harrington que, após dois anos da morte do marido e depois de saber algo inesperado sobre
...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
I listened to this on my IPod.

Lamour Harrington lost her father, (call me) John Boy Harrington when she was 17, just after she graduated from high school. He had been living in Italy, on the Amalfi coast, in a house that Lamour had lived in with him for a short time when she was 8. She had fond memories of that house in Amalfi. John Boy was reported to have died in a boating accident, and sometimes Lamour wondered what he was doing out on a boat during a storm when he hated sailing? Her husband
...more
Filipa
Originalmente visto aqui

Lamour Harrington teve, desde criança, uma vida invulgar. Vivia com o seu pai solteiro, que era escritor e levava uma infância despreocupada. Quando o seu pai, Jon-Boy decide ir viver para Itália para escrever o seu livro, leva a filha consigo. Lamour ali viveu durante algum tempo, até que o seu pai decidiu que a filha tinha de retomar os seus estudos e seguir com a sua própria vida.
E foi isso que Lamour fez, com a ajuda da sua maravilhosa melhor-amiga Jammy e com o se
...more
Mónica Horta
Um livro que, desde o início, me transporta para um cenário idílico já tem meio caminho andado para cair nas minhas boas graças e me deixar rendida. Se a tudo isto juntarmos um bom enredo e uma escrita interessante, o livro conquista-me certamente.

Foi exactamente isso que aconteceu com este livro de Elizabeth Adler. Esta senhora tem o dom de descrever paisagens e locais fantásticos. De tal modo que sentimos que estamos lá a assistir a toda a acção. Só nos dá vontade de lá estar também, de ir aos
...more
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo)
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo.blogspot.com) Review:

Lamour Harrington is a landscape architect living in Chicago. Devastated by the deaths of the two men she's loved --- her father Jon-Boy and her husband Alex --- she has put her life on hold, allowing herself no play. She spends time remembering and holds memories of her time in Italy as a child, which was a period of perfect happiness.
Lamour's best friend, Jammy, bears devastating news. After hearing it, Jammy and Lamour travel to Rome together.
...more
Elphaba J
3.5 - Estrelas.

Existem feridas que o tempo não cura e mágoas que podem transformar a nossa vida mas, quando pensamos que nada pode piorar, a espreitar por entre a tempestade, poderá estar um raio de luz que ilumina as aprendizagens do passado e do presente abraçando-nos com a promessa, a esperança, de um caminho para a felicidade no futuro.

Regresso a Itália é um magnífico romance apimentado de mistério que, através de personagens bem construídas, dá aos seus leitores a possibilidade de se perder
...more
Michele
This is a story about a woman (Lamour) who has lost her father (20 years prior) and her husband (only 2 years prior)and is still depressed over both. Then she is hit with the truth about her husband's infidelity and she is distraught. She recalls the happiest times in her life, which is the time she spent with her father in Italy (both in Rome and in a house on the Amalfi coast). She decides to return to Italy and to the house in Amalfi to try to recover that happiness & discover the truth a ...more
Nicole
Chick lit...need I say more? I enjoyed the story and was interested in finding out the mystery of John Boy. I love the description and it made me want to visit Amalfi and see the beautiful yellow house on the cliff. Italy has always been a place I wanted to visit. I have now added a new city to the list.
Margaret Williams
This was a very sweet story even though it was rather predictable. Adler does a little more than adequate job of describing the coastal towns. It was a very enjoyable read!
Ket Lamb
Capri. Positano. Amalfi. The title conjures up memories of the southern Italian Gold Coast. If you need an escape, this well-drawn setting helps. Everything else is as forced as the protagonist's cheesy name, Lamour. 20 years after her father's mysterious death, a recent widow returns to Italy to unravel what really happened. Why she waited this long remains an enigma. In the process, our thirtysomething heroine is torn between a rich twentysomething Italian and his fiftysomething father. Can yo ...more
Erika
Good chic lit for what that's worth. The plot in the end got kind of ridiculous, but I enjoyed it none the less.
Sue Kluxen
This was a predictable story. I listened to it on tape, it was just ok, not a must read. Could be an easy, beach read.
Cherie
I love to read about beautiful places, and I can testify that the Amalfi coasts is one of the most beautiful places on this planet! Alder's description of the steep cliffs rising up out of the sea, the narrow winding road, and the pretty houses with trailing vines of gorgeous flowers covering them, and the beautiful blue water below brought back wonderful memories of the day we drove along the coast and stopped to eat lunch at a charming restaurant just like the ones Lamour and Jammy ate at. I l ...more
J
reminded me of Italy. I want to go there again. those thoughts may have made it better than it really was.
Cali
Good book. Listened by audio book from the library. Was well worth the time spent.
Sandra Campeau
Enjoyable, easy read. Not too deep, but moves along well.

Great summer beach book
Widdershins
I needed to bring a hardcopy book to the lakehouse and this one had made its way to my house somehow - no idea where it came from. It turned out to be a beach type read, which was really perfect for the occasion - but man, was it fluffy. I quite enjoy a good love story if they're well written, but this was just - well, fluff. Poorly drawn characters, the ubiquitous wealthy man with a heart of gold if you can just get inside the mysterious exterior, and lots of characters with time on their hands ...more
Leslie Nord
This was a fun read, I'm excited to find I like this author - a mix of light romance with some family drama and intrigue. Clear and concise writing - paints scenes well without being wordy. Our heroine is a widow who discovers, after two years of grieving that her beloved husband had been cheating on her. This leads her back to Italy - the country where she grew up with her carefree father who was a writer. Her father's accidental death on a sailboat seemed suspicious to her and she is determine ...more
Rebecca
What a lot of drivel: Shallow characters, holey plots, contrived dialogue. I’m not a beach book fan (obviously), but did you know that it used to be that people like Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare wrote for the masses? How far we have fallen.

I chose this book to get a feel for the Amalfi coast for future travel plans. As I followed the characters on Google maps, I found very few of the Amalfi landmarks referenced. “My bad” for spending three hours of my life seeking for some truth withi
...more
Angela
Fairly predictable romantic mystery. An enjoyable bedtime listen. The description of the localities and food were really good.
Odette
Belle histoire
Carmen
A light entertaining read about a woman who is haunted by her past. Her father and she had moved to Italy when she was 7. After a loving beginning, he moves her back to the US to attend school. He stays in Italy. She is told of his death while she is in college.But no one knows the exact circumstances and his body is never found. This drives her in her late 30's, after a disastrous marriage, to really find out what happened. She accomplishes this, but discovers much more in the process.
Carolyn Dorstek
A light summer read. Adler's strength is in her descriptions of the setting of the book; the beautiful coast towns of Italy. I was captivated by the loveliness and the charm of this location and culture. The plot is OK, the characters believable but not great. An interesting twist gives the story some depth.

I found myself dreaming of the possibilities of living this carefree life, of tossing away all responsibilities and enjoying la bella vita as the Italians do.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 41 42 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Port Of Paradise
  • Rsvp
  • The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery
  • Um Dia Naquele Inverno
  • In Borrowed Light
  • The Love Talker
  • Chocolate Girls
  • Finding Home
  • City of Masks (Cree Black, #1)
  • Take A Look At Me Now
  • The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets
  • Infamous
  • A Durable Fire
  • Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska
  • Villa Serena
  • Walking in Fire (Hawaiian Heroes, #1)
  • As Sure As the Sun
  • Blue Bayou (The Callahan Brothers, #1)
203833
Born in Yorkshire, North England, Elizabeth Adler met her husband Richard (an American) while both were working in London. They have lived in England, Ireland, France, Brazil, and the United States and have traveled extensively. They have one daughter and live in Palm Springs, California. Her first novel, Private Desires (also titled Leonie), launched an enormously successful writing career, she a ...more
More about Elizabeth Adler...
Summer in Tuscany Please Don't Tell Sailing to Capri Fortune is a Woman Meet Me in Venice

Share This Book

“- A vida não é concedida a título permanente. - declarou. - É um privilegio e temos de utilizar o nosso tempo de forma judiciosa.Cabe-nos a todos fazer dela o que pudermos (...)A alma é como um pássaro em voo. Escapa-nos e voa livre de novo. Sem constrangimentos." (pág.323)” 2 likes
“Stop now. Look around you. See what beauty there is. It is not always necessary to talk.” 0 likes
More quotes…