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Home To Italy

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  783 Ratings  ·  121 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
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Published September 1st 2004 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Anita Johnson
Oct 22, 2012 Anita Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bindu Manoj
A sweet, predictable story. Well told
Sep 20, 2010 April rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 12, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2016 Margarette rated it really liked it
Just months after Peppi's wife of 48 years dies, he decides to leave the couple's Rhode Island home for Italy. The grieving Peppi says his life is over and he wants to die where he was born.
He found some things unchanged in his old home, but he also found changes that only added to his grief. As he resumes his old interests, and especially as he uses his talents to help others, Peppi begins to recover and even to find reason to keep living.
This is a poignant and hopeful novel, populated with l
Jun 22, 2014 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2011 Mandolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2012 Bookish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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
Feb 27, 2012 BJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, womens-fiction, mine
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
Jun 17, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-romance
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
Jan 16, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim Crosbie
Jan 27, 2016 Kim Crosbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story of an older man who loses wife and goes back home to Italy to live out his life only to meet a woman who also suffered lose of husband. They fall in love
Lorelei Jaramillo
"[He] loved his family and friends, his town and country; he loved his work, but it was cycling that kept him alive. It was as essential to him as breathing."
May 15, 2016 Shan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and charming. I liked the character Peppi, and the Italian setting. My mom borrowed this as well, and she loved it.
Sue Chaisson
Feb 18, 2015 Sue Chaisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
LK Hunsaker
Jun 02, 2016 LK Hunsaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet American-Italian romance with nicely drawn characters and some nice scenic views of Italy. Great relaxing read.
Jackie Stevens
Jul 20, 2015 Jackie Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2014 Al Scia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2015 Deb Zeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this delightful story that includes some good wisdom about life.
If you love sweet romances, Italy and might love this book!
Oct 18, 2015 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Well that was four hours of my life I'll never get back.
Sep 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I warm, pleasant story (especially if you're Italian)
Dec 24, 2013 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jan 26, 2015 Jordan Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a warm delightful book. loved it.
Sondra Perry
A good little story.
Mary Reed
Apr 02, 2015 Mary Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story.
Jan 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Quaint story, I enjoyed it.
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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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