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One Night in Italy

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,591 ratings  ·  246 reviews
If journalist Anna had to write up the story of her own life, it wouldn’t make for a great headline: Dull Journo Has Dull Boyfriend! The only mystery in Anna’s life is that she’s never known who her dad is but with her mum refusing to tell her more she’s at a dead end. When she accidentally comes across a clue that her father is Italian, it opens up a burning curiosity in ...more
Kindle Edition, 497 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Pan (first published April 1st 2014)
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Zoe James-williams
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lucy Diamond is a little jewel in chick lit. I read a proof copy of this and couldn't put it down. It's like drinking a hot chocolate with cream on top. Very satisfying but a bit naughty!! The story tells of the trials and tribulations of three different types of women who become friends through an italian class. It is more than chick lit. I really liked the developement of the characters and how they overcame the constant obstacles thrown at them.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I absolutely loved this and couldn't put it down, also didn't want it to end. Living in Sheffield myself I found myself trying to work out the place references and they fitted in well for me with the story. The characters were all likeable and well drawn. The storyline was reasonably believable and has lots of 'spin off' potential for future books. In fact I would really like to see that as some of the characters would make good reading for their individual stories.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good novel by Lucy Diamond - nice mix of characters, an entertaining plot - more please!!
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I'd like to send a big, sparkly thank you in the direction of Lucy Diamond, the fabulous author of One Night in Italy and the publishers Pan, for accepting me via Net Galley. I was incredibly excited when I received an email informing me that I had been accepted and I couldn't wait to begin reading it.

Whenever I see the word 'Italy' I imagine stunning scenery, gorgeous Italian men, glittering blue seas and adorable little eateries. I apol
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for the ARC of this book.

This is a very average fluffy romantic chick lit book. There is nothing particularly original or intriguing about it and I feel it has very little to add to this over-crowded genre.

It starts with a pointless red herring prologue which does not pay off well enough to warrant it’s existence. We then follow three stereotypical female characters as they overcome difficult turning points in their lives to achieve the idealised happy endin
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Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Three women are the focus in this latest Lucy Diamond release. Catherine is the first and when her husband ups and leaves she feels like she is starting all over again. We also meet Anna who has recently discovered her father who she has never known is Italian, and then Sophie who has returned from her many years abroad to see her ill father. The three women will meet through the Italian language course they all decide to be a part of.

The three women’s stories are told individually and you reall
Lucy Diamond is an author I very much enjoy – I’ve read most of her novels, although I have been lacking in keeping up with her books for the last two releases. I’ve bought both Me & Mr Jones and Summer With My Sister, I just haven’t had chance to read them yet (story of my life) so I was quite pleased to see her new novel One Night In Italy up for request on Netgalley, and quickly requested it and I was very happy to be accepted to read the novel! I love the midnight blue cover, with the sp ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes I finished this in two days. Fabulous read it gripped you from the start. The characters were likeable so you wanted to know what happened next. At times I was laughing out loud. Chick lit at its best, so much so I nearly missed my train stop. If you want a light hearted, fun and girl,power read this is the one for you.
Book Addict Shaun
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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So I settled down a few nights ago all ready for a nice summery read only to find out this book is set in Sheffield. I was a bit disappointed although a part of the book is set in Italy and those parts really were wonderful. That said of course the setting is only one part of a book and so it was up to the story to reel me in and keep me there until the end! I'm pleased to say that it did. This is my second
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
When I reviewed Milly Johnson's wonderful The Teashop on the Corner, I mused a little on the cafe/bookshop as a way of bringing together a cast of characters, each with their own story. Here's another that works equally well - the evening class. Yes, it's been done before - there's Erica James' Hidden Talents, and Evening Class by Maeve Binchy is one of my all-time favourites. This lovely book by Lucy Diamond - whose writing seems to be getting better with every book - is an equally enjoyable re ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was really happy when I got accepted for this book on NG J This was the first Lucy Diamond book for my to read and I’m glad I did, there will be much more, she’s an awesome writer.

I have a strong connection to Italy so this was really special for me to read about. I loved that all the chapters had an Italian title.

The book tells us the story of three different women, who meet at an Italian class in Sheffield: Sophie,
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m a keen reader and because of this – as sad as it might sound – nowadays it is quite rare to find a book that actually makes me sigh out loud. One Night in Italy managed to accomplish this in just the first page. Here on BestChickLit we have reviewed many of Lucy Diamond’s books – and she’s enchanted us every time, I might add! – but this was my first time with Lucy. To me, Lucy’s writing sums up chicklit perfectly. Yes there is romance and the trials and tribulations that we women face daily ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, paperback, standalone
It was alright. It was the story of 3 women who at first seemed to have nothing in common, then their paths cross and their lives intermingle.

The three characters come from very different places, metaphorically, and their stories are kind of common, the one I connected the most was Anna, not because I am anything like her, but because I liked her story and personality the best. I loved her time with her workmate, I found myself reading quickly through the other characters chapters so I could get
C.L. Taylor
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Taking a Lucy Diamond book on holiday with you is like taking a really funny, entertaining mate and this book was no exception. It's such a wonderfully warm, feel-good book and I couldn't wait to disappear back into its pages whenever my partner distracted our toddler long enough for me to snatch it up again. I loved the fact that Anna, Sophie and Catherine are such different characters but their stories were so deftly woven together. I was rooting for all of them to find their happy endings. I ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
loved it because A. its set in Sheffield and I can identify with the places (Its my nearest city!!) and B. I am in love with all things Italian and I am trying to learn to speak it so I found myself reading out the chapter names in a dodgy south Yorkshire Italian accent - simple and easy - has hints tips and recipes at the back - a pleasure to read on hot summer nights when I could not sleep
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing entertaining read from Lucy Diamond, thoroughly enjoyed the story line and getting to the all of the characters.

You can never go wrong with reading one of her books, as they never fail to disappoint.

If I could give this more than 5 stars I would, that's how good it was.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Italian culture
What a drool worthy cover? As a new reader of Lucy Diamonds work I must say One Night in Italy was yummy!
It took me a while to finish only due to absorbing the flavours and characters.
If you're going Italy, this book is your best companion.

Alison Winter
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, funny, emotional and very likeable characters, shame I read it so quickly
Claire Dobson
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A lovely, easy read with main characters you can imagine being friends with.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Adult themes, juvenile approach. Everything just miraculously falls into place without anyone *actually doing* something. Meh!
Zel Polev
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Ince
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Eve beinguniquebooks
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Journalist Anna finds out her Italian dad's name was Gino from her old nan when she's a bit muddled. Then at work they suggest she starts writing about Italian food and her column takes off as a huge success and she immerses herself in Italian culture...

Catherine is seeing her children off to university, Matthew and Emily but then her marriage falls apart as she walks in on her husband cheating on her in the worst way. He then walks out on her as he claims he trapped her and he never loved her a
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2018
The novel follows three different young women over the course of a few weeks. One is a journalist, one a back-packer who has returned to see her sick father, and the third a recent empty-nester. They live near each other, and eventually meet at an Italian evening class which two of them have signed up for, and which the third is teaching.

It’s the kind of plot that could have been confusing, as there are many minor characters and subplots. I had trouble remembering who was who in the early parts
Hayley Hobin
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
3 girls with different stories and backgrounds come together in this book and end up being close friends. Anna is destined to meet her father who she believes is Italian. However, it turns out he is a chef in London but he has an Italian mother.
Caroline's husband left her and she found herself without a job and trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Meanwhile, Sophie has been travelling and working in Italy, only to find herself back home living with her parents after her dad suffered a heart
Keisha Riswanto
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read from Lucy Diamond. I wasn't expecting anything, but I was just wanting to have some light read. And oh my God, I loved this so much!

It's written in a very unique way, I'm not sure I've ever read something like this before. I thought I would get confused at first, with all of three different characters and stories going on in one book, taking turns and all that. But I didn't get anything twisted. The main characters are all great in my opinion. And each stories are i
Reilly Windsor-Daly
Oct 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
This book is a lazy book. I felt all three female characters were the same person. Every story line was extremely similar and there was nothing notable in the writing style. I did not care about any character, (apart from the elderly couple who were adorable), and I would go as far as to say the main 3 protagonist's irritated me. They jumped to huge conclusions, or spent all their time moaning but did nothing to fix it.

At first I loved that the chapter headings were in Italian, but then I start
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my usual type of book at all (no serial killers, historical figures or fantastical elements). Bought it on a whim during Audible's 2 for 1 sale, mostly because it revolves around an Italian class and I'm obsessed with Italy. I'm glad I bought it though as it made for an enjoyable change of pace.

The characters are believable and you come to care about what happens to them. The writing style is warm and funny at times, it flows along nicely. My only criticism is specific to the audiobook, alt
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with this book. I love the storyline, the characters, the words used, everything about this book. I think this is my first time I felt so concerned about each character in this book. Everything is just great about it. Lucy is so good at portraying different characters in one book that makes it easier to remember each scene regarding each character. I just love this book so much! My expectation about the story regarding the title doesn't really meet. I don't really know who how to d ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this light, chick-flick kind of book. It was just what I was hoping for.

At first, I struggled a bit to keep track of the "inciting event" of each of the main characters, not that they're so complex, maybe it's how the story was constructed. But from the middle onward, I found the pace fast enough to not want to stop reading.

The only thing I find strange is that no matter how long or how short the lapse of time between readings, I ALWAYS found it difficult to remember the plight
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First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. (There is actually another Lucy Diamond on Amazon who writes religious children’s books. That isn’t me, though.)

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