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When in Rome...

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,531 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
When in Rome, do as Audrey Hepburn would do. Failing that, run off with your ex-boyfriend, carry suspicious packages through customs, and lie to the person who loves you. . . .

Georgie Beauchamp is totally happy and in love with her wonderful, dependable boyfriend, David. So why does she always daydream about running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike? It can’t mean she’s
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Apr 18, 2013 Purvika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about the book.

First of all , I absolutely hated George..I mean seriously how can anyone be that Stupid, self-centred, annoying bitch. Am sorry but she was. I don't understand why girls go crazy over these things, I mean hello, one bump and you think he wants you back ? Are you freaking kidding me. Just because of this challenge I read that whole book without skipping, otherwise would have skipped part.

Second is David.. an accountant by profession, I don't understand w
The story was pretty much normal and nowhere near Rome. I was duped into thinking that the story would be weaved along the lines of Italy and in Rome, but the whole story happened in London save a weekend. I have been reading lad-lit and I have been captivated by how every guy thinks the same. I wanted to read chick-lit to have some deep insight on how they think, behave, feel. If this is how chick-lit is going to be, I will leave that at this. Seriously, if the author is trying to portray a cha ...more
Caeleigh MacDonald
I didn't like this book at all, it made absolutely no sense and it was poorly written. It's about a girl named Georgie Beauchamp and she just broke up with her boyfriend Mike and just got a new one David. she already had a boyfriend, and her problem was the reappearance of an ex-boyfriend. Therefore, when the ex invites her to Rome, she can't resist. When it turns out her boyfriend is there too,. I really loved the book up through their trip to Rome, and I was prepared to give it at least 4 star ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I bought this book for my holiday in Italy. I was going to do a road trip through Tuscany and then spend 4 days in Rome at the end of my trip. I read another book by Gemma Townley before and really liked Little White Lies. Thus, I thought that this book would be the perfect travel companion. The book‘s format was also perfect for traveling because it is really small and light and the text on the back sounded promising.

When I read the title When in Rome - A novel of piazzas and passion I was sur
Casey Ginste
Nov 08, 2015 Casey Ginste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a sucker for romance novels I strongly suggest reading "When In Rome". I love to read romance novels, so when I first saw this book I knew I would love it right away. Its not just a romance novel though it also has many mysteries that makes your brain work to try and answer your questions. Throughout reading this book many questions in my head popped up, that I am not going to share because it would spoil the book. The main character is Georgie Beauchamp and her current boyfriend is D ...more
N.N. Light
Jul 09, 2015 N.N. Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sophie Kinsella, Chick-Lit fans
I picked up this book because I was in the mood for some light reading. I absorbed this book faster than you can order a frothy cappuccino.

Georgie Beauchamp is your your typical twenty-something British gal. She's got a boring job with some wacky co-workers, dating a steady accountant named David and pining to be swept off her feet by her ex-boyfriend, Mike. Wait, what? Mike dumped her two years ago and even though she's totally over him, she secretly wants to join Mike's glamorous life.

Her wis
Jan 21, 2016 Kristal rated it liked it
Georgie Beauchamp loves the movie 'Roman Holiday' and dreams of her current boyfriend planning a trip to reenact the movie, but so far that hasn't happened. So when her ex-boyfriend, Mike, calls her up out of the blue and suggest an excursion to Roman for business purposes, Georgie is hesitant, until David, current boyfriend, says that he has to go to Geneva during the same weekend. Things start to get out of hand and when Georgie runs into David while in Rome, the doubt and questions start to p ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2015
OKAY. i can understand the low ratings because let's face it--Georgia is not that bright. She KNOWS she's in love with David and we ALL know that David is the right guy for her but what does she do? She goes right back to Mike like she's willing for heartbreak. I'm an accounting major and while I like the odd appearances of accounting related topics, this book is littered with them. Fraud? Forensics accounting? There wasn't as much drama as I hoped and it literally involved more of fraud than co ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Claudia rated it it was ok
I was very unimpressed with this book. For a book that is titled "When in Rome", a very small amount is set in Rome. And the small portion that is set in the city doesn't do this amazing city justice. The description (when there is any) is very basic and doesn't give the reader a full image of the city.

The overall story was also quite boring and the main conflict in the story could have been solved so easily, or not started at all, had the main character not been so self-centred. I found myself
Barbara ★
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Gemma Townley is an author I’ve been wanting to read for ages. She’s the sister of Sophie Kinsella so I wanted to see how her writing style compared to that of her sister. Her first few novels only came out in the USA, but more recently her Jessica Wild trilogy has been released in the UK so she does seem to be getting herself a market over here. Whether there’ll be any more UK releases from Gemma remains to be seen. With my brand new Kindle at hand, I decided to purchase When In Rome, which is ...more
Rachel Swords
As a young woman, I've come to realize that there is a distinct pattern in contemporary "chick lit" these days. While this may be stating the obvious, after reading different stories by different authors, they all tend to follow these rules:

1)the main character is an attractive idiot. She is more concerned with her appearance and overall happiness than her job security, financial status, and peace of mind. Inevitably some part of the book will deal with her buying a new outfit, which instantly m
This book was pretty solid chick lit, and it was fun because it was also very different. It was the typical young London gal working in publishing, except her publishing company was a dull one that publishes financial newsletters, she already had a boyfriend, and her problem was the reappearance of an ex-boyfriend. She and current boyfriend have a shared love of Roman Holiday, which is one of my all-time favorite films. Georgie wants nothing more than to recreate the movie with her boyfriend, bu ...more
Jen B
Sep 02, 2008 Jen B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I think I'd really give this one maybe a 2.5. Cute, entertaining story -- after plodding along reading it in pieces during the work week, I flew through the rest of it on my day off yesterday. But the heroine, Georgie, is just a little too dim-witted for me to find her sympathetic. She makes one bad decision after another, when the right answer is staring her in the face all along ("should I go to Rome with my sleazy ex-boyfriend, while leaving behind my charming, upstanding current boyfriend? H ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all things Audrey Hepburn and when I heard about this book, I had to read it! Turns out, "When In Rome" is an absolute treasure! Not only is it hilarious and romantic, but it has an abundance of references to the dazzling Audrey Hepburn, handsome Gregory Peck, and my all-time favorite movie "Roman Holiday".I loved this book so much that I went out and bought a copy (at Powell's of course!), and am going to read all of Gemma Townley's books!
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Jul 30, 2014 Sherry rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I left this book unfinished at 110 pages. It was a painful decision, I'll admit. I wanted a light read - this is. I wanted a well-written book - this is. I wanted great characters - the author has obviously lived with this character for a very long time. But I didn't like her. At all. I found nothing redeeming about her, she was stupid, lazy, and materialistic. Which is sad, I mean I realize people like that exist (and, geesh, I've even been known to have that kind of day) but I don't want them ...more
Emily S.
After stewing on this one for a few days, I'm ready to say what I thought. First of all, I loathe Georgie. Seriously loathe her. Everything that was fun and cute about Becky in the Shopaholic books is done completely wrong here. I can't recall the last heroine I read who was so wishy-washy and just downright annoying.

Mike was a total douche, but of course, he's sexy so that makes up for it all. Georgie, please grow a brain. Seriously.

The plot was meh. Rome was BORING. I'm sorry, how can Rome pos
Oct 10, 2011 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, library, pt
Peguei neste livro apenas por a autora ser irmã da Sophie Kinsella, a única autora (chick-lit) que me consegue fazer rir às gargalhadas! Mas Gemma Townley não tem o mesmo talento que a irmã, pelo menos para criar histórias e personagens com carisma. Achei a escrita parecida com a da Sophie o que me surpreendeu mas a história é banal e a Georgie não chega nem aos pés da Becky Bloom apesar de as duas serem despassaradas, divertidas e românticas. Pois apesar de a Becky ser infantil, os seus consumo ...more
Carina Gironella
I just finished reading “When in Rome”by Gemma Townley and it was okay. Light. Funny. Romantic. but predictable.

I was barely in the middle of the book when I already had a clue of how the book would end. It’s not the type that will keep you turning the pages because you’re so eager to know what would happen next. I just wish the author made the character a little more subtle and deep. It also had a couple of boring chapters especially when it’s about Georgie’s work,I assume there are more better
Langit Amaravati
Kenapa ada perempuan sebodoh dan "sekurang ajar" Georgie? Novel ini sebetulnya menyenangkan, renyah, dan terjemahannya asyik. But, God, please. Penokohan Georgie dan MIKE membuat novel ini kinda annoying.

P.s. lebih baik membuat tokoh yang dibenci atau ditakuti daripada tokoh menyebalkan dan menjengkelkan
Jun 26, 2015 Charity rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book at all. The main character was really annoying, and it was hardly a sweeping romance about Rome, which it sounded like it was going to be. There was so much irrelevant information in the story that I started to skim. And then it was over. Thank goodness!
Sep 04, 2009 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
False Advertisement - Whoever wrote the summary on the back of the book, either never actually read the book, or just decided to lie.
After reading the title and the summary I was expecting a romantic novel set in Rome. I think that they are in Rome for maybe a chapter, and it is written with no detail about the amazing city that they are in. I would not be surprised if the author has never actually stepped foot in Italy let alone Rome. Aside from that, it was an average chick-lit book told from
Jan 07, 2016 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading, italy
Real airplane read, this! First 90 pages dragged a bit even for that, but it picked up and I finished it too soon - had two hours left on a transatlantic flight whose entertainment system wasn't functioning. Made me wish I had read slower.
I was excited to read this book after finding out that the author, Gemma, is Sophie Kinsella's sister. They share a lot of the same quirky charm. Whereas I felt that the main character ns this book, Georgie, was terribly ditzy, it was still a good light-hearted read.
Georgie Beauchamp loves the movie 'Roman Holiday' and dreams of her current boyfriend planning a trip to reenact the movie, but so far that hasn't happened. So when her ex-boyfriend, Mike, calls her up out of the blue and suggest an excursion to Roman for business purposes, Georgie is hesitant, until David, current boyfriend, says that he has to go to Geneva during the same weekend. Things start to get out of hand and when Georgie runs into David while in Rome, the doubt and questions start to p ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect "palate-cleanser" that I needed after some heavy reading. Every now and then a girl just needs some chick-lit. :) Well-done, in the Sophie Kinsella-style.
This has been on my to-read list since 2008 - and recently the list reached 600 books. Decided I needed to do something about it, and since I can now request books from my library on line (I have to get most of my reading from ILL since my library no longer buys such outmoded things, preferring to concentrate on DVDs and graphic 'novels' and the latest dystopian money spinners.) The 'she has a perfectly nice handsome boyfriend who treats her well but craves excitement with a bad boy' genre might ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for some light, silly chick-lit about zooming around Rome on a vespa, but our "heroine" (I use the term loosely) only spends about two chapters in Italy. She spends the rest of the book being a completely self-absorbed, puerile, shallow idiot. The plot itself is fairly engaging, but Georgie is just enraging. The inevitable "moment of truth" at the end felt forced and even there Georgie remains irresponsible and lazy. Yes, she accepts culpability, but not actual responsibility--she s ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Iris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The characters are believable though Georgie seems to be very vulnerable and gullible (I guess she was meant to be that way, otherwise the story won't have a plot) when it comes to Mike, and the whole concept overall is a nice catch for chick-lit readers. I started the book quite slow but once things get interesting in Rome, it paces up and I can't help but to know what's the deal.

I have predicted a handful of mysteries (Candy's
I allegedly read this book according to 15 year old me's livejournal. Sounds like a book I would read. Maybe I will read it again one day.
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Gemma Townley launched her writing career at the age of sixteen with a book review in Harpers & Queen. At Reading University, unimpressed with the official university paper, Spark, she launched a satirical rival, Spank, which she edited for a year before taking over as deputy editor on Spark and features editor on South-East Student.

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