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Home To Italy

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  638 ratings  ·  110 reviews
After the death of his beloved wife, Anna, Peppi's family and friends expect him to bury his grief by tending to his gardens and taking long rides on his bike. Instead, Peppi shocks them all with his decision to return to Villa San Giuseppe, the small Italian village where he spent his childhood, and to il mulino, his family's old mill. But once he's back, he temporarily m ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Anita Johnson
Much to my surprise, this is the first of Peter Pezelli's books but was just republished. He has a gift for capturing the Italian family, culture and landscape so much that I went out and bought olives while reading it! This is a sweet story of Peppi, a middle-aged widower and cyclist who leaves his family in Rhode Island to go to the home of his birth in Abruzzi to die. Instead, it is where he begins to create a new "circle of life" and to live and love again. All of this author's books are tot ...more
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I loved this book. The author is new to me, and the story started off sad, with a funeral. Peppi has just lost his wife to a stroke, and his wife's family is consoling him in any way that they can. He himself has no family because he and his wife were never able to have kids, and the house seems really big and empty now that he's alone. He's still pretty active; he does his landscaping and his cycling, but he starts thinking about the small village in Italy where he grew up
Emily Maynard
3.5 stars

This is a sweet little story of Peppi, an older, recently widowed man. He returns to the small Italian village that he was raised in, presumably to live out the last of his days. He is surprised to find that despite feeling like his life ended when his wife passed away, that life isn’t quite through with him yet. He reunites with his childhood friend Luca, who gives him a place to stay when he makes the devastating discovery that his childhood home has been destroyed in an earthquake. S
I really liked this book. It is a heartwarming story of life, death, loss and new love...and if you enjoy Italian food, and the language, you will enjoy this book. It is a 'Hallmark' channel kind of read, that life SHOULD be, more than, how it actually IS. The main character, Peppi, is a very likeable fellow, and I found it interesting how the book never did give his age, but referred to the May December romance, so we know there is the age difference with Peppi and his new love. And ...more
Bindu Manoj
A sweet, predictable story. Well told
An absolutely enjoyable book about mourning, hope, love, the giro, bicycles, Italy and a deep friendship between two men that spans more than 30 years.
Peppi has emigrated to the United States during his late teens and has led a happy life with his wife for over 30 years. When his wife dies he doesn’t know how to move on and in the end he decides to go back to Italy, to the old family mill and his former friend and cycling partner Luca.
The book tells the delightfull story about Peppi getting reac
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
This is such a warm and touching story! I couldn't put it down. And I was surprised that a male writer could capture human emotions so wonderfully! The story begins darkly in an unforgiving Rhode Island November. Peppi Peppino's wife has just been buried and her family is gathered at the couple's home to comfort Peppi. He just wants them to leave him alone. Under dark skies day after day he toils in the back yard and garden. After he finishes the front yard, he makes the monumental to go back to ...more
When his soul-mate and wife dies, leaving behind childless Peppi, he seeks solace in returning to the small Italian village where he spent his childhood. There, though he is faced with many obstacles (including the destruction of his family home and a brief spell of depression), he finds new life and hope in old friends and new. And, though he's vowed that he could never love another like he loved Anna, he gradually learns that his heart may be bigger and capable of more passion than he once bel ...more
After the initial couple of chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was afraid at first that it was going to be a struggle to enjoy the story due to some herky-jerky prose in the beginning, but once I got past the first couple of chapters, Pezzelli found his stride and the book sort of took off from there. It's a sweet, well-rounded story that is easy to relate to, and it is an easy, enjoyable read. I am not a romance reader by habit or choice, so this is exactly the kind of light reading th ...more
Diane Ferbrache
As a teen, Peppi moved from Italy to the US to start a new life. He met and married a wonderful woman, and although they had no children of their own, the surrounded themselves with loads of loving nieces, nephews, and other family. When Peppi's wife dies suddenly, he decides it is time to return home to his village in Italy, to the home and mill he inherited from his parents.

He settles in with old friends and renews his habit of cycling around the countryside, but an earthquake has destroyed th
This is the second book by Peter Pezzelli that I have read. I enjoy his writing. His characters are well written and likeable. This story is about Peppi, a 60-ish man who has just lost his wife at the beginning of this book. He has lived in America since he was a young man and he and Anna, his wife, have been married for about 40 years. After her death, he decides to go back to Italy, to his home village, where he was raised as a boy. He still owns the property that he grew up on and his best fr ...more
I read this book, because I really liked reading "Francesca's Kitchen" (which was also by Pezzelli). However, this book was not nearly as good as Francesca's kitchen.

This is a story about an older man named Peppi, whose life is turned upsided down when his wife dies. Peppi and his wife lived in America, and Peppi decides to return to Italy (his childhood home) after he loses his wife.

The story follows Peppi as he goes to Italy, finds his childhood home destroyed, and reunites with his friend Luc
My rating for this book derives from how it made me feel while reading it and the optimism it instilled by telling a story of new and happy beginnings when all seemed lost. Even as it started out on a down note, the author's writing style is uplifting and enjoyable. His descriptions of the character's Italian homeland and culture invite you in, make you feel at home, and make you truly want to be there. Hope for new beginnings and a dream setting for this story left me with a feeling of happines ...more
Sue Chaisson
Read this book before I went on a trip to the Amalfi coast and it was a perfect selection. Got me ready for a perfect vacation.
Jackie Stevens
I liked this book because I like anything that has to do with Italy. It involved travel to Italy, cooking and a love story. Not the best writing.
Al Scia
I thought this was a good book, it was a quick and easy read. Enjoyable with a good story line. However, I would like to have seen a little more depth, especially in regards to the characters.
Deb Zeman
I fell in love with this delightful story that includes some good wisdom about life.
Dec 24, 2013 Maria rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who needs an easy read
An extremely cheesy book. The actual story is nice, but the way the text is read makes it sound like a bad translation, which it is not. It's almost melodramatic "Ay! Managia! I can't believe he was so silly to do that!" I kept waiting for the real writing to begin, since apparently this writer has another book out. I seriously can't believe the publisher went for it. One character was good and developed, but other than that, not even the protagonist was well-written. Why am I writing such a rev ...more
Jordan Taylor
a warm delightful book. loved it.
Quaint story, I enjoyed it.
This was another really nice book by Peter Pezzelli. There was no extreme drama or violence. It is a book about someone dealing with the realities of normal every day life. This was not a boring book, by any stretch, but it was also not heart attack inducing. I really liked the way Pezzelli didn't dramatize or sugarcoat the situations the characters experienced. The book reminded me that regular life is interesting.
Debra Slonek
This is a wonderful book about an older Italian gentleman living in America who recently lost his beloved wife. Heartbroken and childless, he decides to move back to his home town in Italy. Resuming a childhood friendhip and his beloved hobby of bicycling, he begins to live and enjoy his life again. The friend's adult daughter is also grieving the loss of her mate and circumstances lead them to each other. A very satisfying story about endings that lead to new beginnings.
I needed brain-free reading with light, happy endings but not a harlequin romance, and if you ever need this in your life Peter Pezzelli is your author. Liked Francesca's Kitchen best, then Home to Italy, and not as much Italian Lessons and Sunday Dinner. The foreshadowing is very heavy, but these books allowed me to read and not think or be sad when I needed it. They had enough intelligence in them about human relationships (and yummy Italian food) to keep me reading.
Aug 28, 2010 Kathy added it
Shelves: kindle, vacation-read
So I bought this because of the title for our trip to Italy. OMG! What a cheesy book. First there was the liberal sprinkling of Italian and the dialog that made me feel like I was watching the Sopranos. Then there was the whole cycling aspect---fine, I could live with that, but when the "hero" gets the hot, young Italian girl that is less than half his age...That was the last straw.

Not worth the cheap price I got it on Amazon for.
I enjoyed this book, nothing fancy,just a good life story. Quick, easy, sometimes hard to put down, sometimes surprising, sometimes predictable. I would recommend it for a feel good book that doesn't skip over the tragedy of death, including guilt but also covers life and what can come with moving through it and on. I would also recommend it for those who love Italy and the La Dolce Vita feel of Italian life.
Most of the fiction I read is by women. Nonfiction seems about a 50/50 mix. So I looked for a book by a male author to read that wasn't a thriller or sci fi... This was a nice story, but no real surprises. I liked the descriptions of the Italian countryside and the cycling portions. Also interesting to have a male protagonist that was about 20 years older than me.
I really enjoyed this book. It was set in Abruzzi in Italy where my family is from. It was about a man named Peppi who moves back to Italy to his old hometown after his wife dies. It was great reading about his adjusting to life in Italy and starting his life over again. I truly enjoyed it and am now starting Peter Pezzelli's next book, Italian Lessons.
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Peter Pezzelli was born and raised in Rhode Island. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he lives with his wife, two children and their dog in Rhode Island where, most days, he is busy at work at his next novel.
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