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The Trouble with Mary (Italian Series #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  185 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Award-winning author Millie Criswell has charmed readers with her joy-filled historical romances. Now, in The Trouble With Mary,  she serves up her first contemporary romantic comedy--a palate-pleasing love story of two people with nothing in common . . . except their undeniable attraction.


She's unemployed. Her huge Italian family is driving h
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by Ivy Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm participating in a genre study on "Romance" fiction. It's not something I normally read. In fact, it's probably something I avoid. The next meeting will focus on "Contemporary Romance" and my author was Millie Criswell.

This book confirms all of my hesitations about reading romance. Since the genre requires the male and female leads to be together in the end (happily ever after), there's not much surprise in the outcome, just how the author is going to get them there. I found the writing jus
Andrea Hussey
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
I’ll tell you what the trouble with Mary is, the trouble with Mary is that she’s a completely boring character that I couldn’t stand to be in the shoes of, so after so many pages I actually had to slam the book down in disgust.
She doesn’t have a romantic life, heck, she doesn’t even have a life at all. I find myself not wanting to read about a character who has no life, no sense of humor, nothing going for them, who’s fat and can’t stay away from her chocolate cannolis, yet whose jealous of her
I am fairly tolerant about romances. I read them for escape and so as long as the plot isn't totally outlandish and the characters are not total idiots, I am willing to suspend my disbelief.

Unfortunately, I found one aspect of this book that just did not work for me. This novel was written in 2000 and Criswell created male characters who wanted to be married to housewives. I am sure that there are still men who believe this, but they do not belong in contemporary romances.

Most romances have stro
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
My adorable little cousin lent me this book and I thought that it would be an innocent novella like the classics but about a modern Italian girl. But instead this book turned out to be an erotic porno. I was stuck at my granny's house and it was this book or staring at the door idly. So I completed this book although I had to re-imagine and omit much of it to fit my taste and age. I gave it a two because it saved me from boredom but it was just like watching a boring chick flick that has old cha ...more
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Shelves: romance
Sports writer Dan Gallagher is temporarily moved to restaurant critic and Mary's Italian restaurant is his first review. It was doing well until he pans it - he hates Italian food. Mary goes to the paper to complain. There's an instant attraction, but he's just acquired his 8 year old son and Mary needs to learn how to stand on her own. Interesting sidebar with her friend Annie & her priest brother Joe for the next book.
Ann Marie
I love the characters in this book but the story was very ordinary. Mary's Italian family is worth the price of admission, especially Grandma Flora. I liked the way that Dan and Mary's relationship played out. I also would like to read the sequel to this book, What to do about Annie, to find out what happens between Mary's best friend Annie and Mary's brother Joe. Easy going read. Just what I needed during a crazy week.
Nov 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Peggy
Shelves: romance
This is a re-read from a while back and part of a very funny trilogy (at least) of novels. I gave low points to the Devil Served Tortellini earlier. This is the same concept but taken to a more satisfying conclusion.
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Read this while I was on vacation a few weeks ago...typical romance book...I did like the relationship development between the main character and her mother. I think most people can relate to the love/hate relationship we sometimes have with our mothers! Just a quick, mindless, romantic read...
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Beyond formulaic, but cute.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It was so good!
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-aways
One would like to be in this family.
autographed copy
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love love love this book and whole series!!!!!
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay book.
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
kinda cute!
Marcy Graybill
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
An older romance that sadly shows it's age, it's still a fun story.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: btc
Shelves: sweet-nothings
great story about second chances with some recipes added in
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Cute story, I would read her other books. She made me smile.
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National bestselling author Millie Criswell didn't start out to be a writer. Instead, she had aspirations of joining the Rockettes as a toe-tapping member of their dancetroop, or tapping her heart away in one of those big, corny MGM musicals. Of course she was only ten at the time, had absolutely no talent as a dancer, and cannot be blamed for her failure to succeed.

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Italian Series (4 books)
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