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An American Girl in Italy

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  33 reviews
An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!
Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…
Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly D
ebook, 182 pages
Published May 29th 2014 by HarperImpulse
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Heather andrews
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was just a little to sweet for me. I did love Michelangelo's thoughts, "...the embodiment of the all-american girl following him to the tour bus already grated on his nerves. The crazy part was that if she hadn't been so rude, he would have thought her intriguingly attractive." I mean the man is just sex on a stick, "Michelangelo pulled up and leaned over, opening her door for her. His hair was tousled messily, with curly waves reaching around his ears. He'd unbuttoned his sh ...more
Book Review originally published here:

I love Italy, and I’m dying to go on a holiday, so of course I had to read An American Girl in Italy.

Aubrie Dionne has a great writing style, and the ability to capture a character’s essence in a few short paragraphs. Carly Davis, the main character, is in love with her career. She’s an ambitious musician playing for the Easthampton Civic Symphony. Music is her life. She lives and breathes music. Which means that unli
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

3.5 Stars

A fun and flirty romance abroad!

AN AMERICAN GIRL IN ITALY is the story of a young woman and her journey of self discovery and love. Carly Davis is devoted to her career as an oboist for the East Hampton Civic Symphony and has no time to focus on a social life. Her job has brought her to Italy for a series of concerts where she meets the tall, dark and handsome Michaelangelo. In danger of losing his family’s estate and winery, Michaelang
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Carly Davis an oboist has gotten the chance of a lifetime which is every American girls dream. She is on her way to tour and go on tour in Italy. Carly doesn't really want to go to Italy. All she wants is to stay at home to do what she loves doing and that is traveling around playing gigs for weddings ect... Carly's life dream is be the best oboist the world has ever seen or heard. She doesn't need anything else or anyone f
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

Review also on my blog

An American Girl in Italy is Carly’s story – so focused on her music and so against the tour of Italy she’s set to go on. That is, until she meets the tour guide Michelangelo and her feelings begin to change.

I think this is a lovely summer read. Without the setting being too overstated, it was still Italy and the plot is fresh and entertaining, a nice way to spend an afternoon out in the sun. I loved hearing about Michelangelo’s vine
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy
This was a great read for me. I tend to inhale anything based in Italy, more so when the author does a great job with imagery. Aubrie Dionne gave a good view of Italy. Carly is a gifted musician who plays with an orchestra traveling in Italy. She plays an instrument that I have little experience with so it was great to read the descriptions of her playing and the solo that she was trying to achieve with the opera singer, diva. They worked really hard from venue to venue and it was amazing to rea ...more
Kelly Moran
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Any woman would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer, but for Carly Davis, it's a hindrance. She's had to turn down gigs and private lessons to tour the couple of weeks with the Symphony. But one attraction has caught her eye…and heart. Tour guide and vineyard owner, Michelangelo, is dark and delicious. They may have gotten off on the wrong foot, but he's helping her to land a big gig and is quickly working his way under her skin. But with her promising career ba ...more
Christine Rains
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carly Davis is so focused on her career, she doesn't have time for anything else. As an oboist for the Easthampton Civic Symphony, she's looking forward to their tour in Italy. It should be good for her career! What she doesn't expect is that their tour guide Michelangelo is not only gorgeous, but the one that can help her with an important gig. The more time Carly spends with him, the more she realizes there could be more to life than her music. But is she willing to take that chance?

A wonderfu
Ruth Hill
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I had no idea this was like a sequel to "Playing the Maestro" that I read and loved by this author previously. However, don't worry if you have not read the other book for the author gives you everything you need to know. You will not feel lost at all, I promise.

I have to say that Aubrie Dionne's music romances are amongst my absolute favorite of hers, and this one is possibly her best. I say that because it is fun, sweet, entertaining, and a delight to read. Who cannot love the sa
Angela Campbell
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, I read this book in 1 sitting, which should signify how much it captured my attention. The romance was a little slow to build, but honestly, I liked that Carly and Michelangelo had a rough meeting and a lot of "cute" moments before emotions got involved. As Carly noted early on, most romcom movies start out that way, which shows how clever and self aware the author was in her setup. I really liked Carly--her insights into being a career-minded member of an orchestra were often humo ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A trip to gorgeous Italy is the last thing Carly Davis wants in Aubrie Dionne's An American Girl in Italy. Dionne paints a beautiful setting in her newest release. I could feel, touch, taste, smell, and see the Italian architecture, landscape, and food. I wish this story could've come with a soundtrack, so I could hear the glorious music Carly's orchestra played. I could relate to Carly's career drive and how she hadn't given love a chance until she met the Italian hottie Michelangelo. Michelang ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars
These types of reads are always so much fun and so perfect for this time of year.

Short, adorable reads that you can easily consume in one single setting that will leave a smile on your face and those warm fuzzy feelings in your heart.

Carly was a fun character and I loved how focused and serious she could be and then how reckless and flirty she could be whenever Michelangelo was around and threw her off her game.

Their romance was a sweet one filled with fun interactions and smile inducin
Pam Thomas
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whilst travelling with the orchestra on a tour of Italy she encounters a suave, charismatic cultured Italian who turns out to be their tour guide who is trying to raise money to save his family vineyard. This is a story of historical italy, interlinked with passion, intrigue, a love of good music and twists and turns.
Lynn Marie Hulsman
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm pleased to recommend Aubrie Dionne's book "An American Girl in Italy" for a summer read. It's light, breezy, and filled with the kind of optimism that pairs perfectly with sunshine. That said, I would have liked reading this book cozied up in front of the fire, because the sweet romance filled me with a satisfied warmth.

I was attracted to "An American Girl in Italy" based on the great cover and the blurb, and I got the reward I was promised. The cover reeled me in with it's hint at a sexy r
books are love
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun sweet read. A beach read for sure. Carly is stubborn independent and a wee bit insecure. She jumps to conclusions quickly is brash and just fun to read about with her adventure of being on tour in Italy. Alaina meh she was not nice until the end. You do see though that Alaina is really just trying to find love just goes about it wrong. Michangela swoony Mr. Darcy swoonworthy.

Michelangelo takes a job as the tour guide for the symphony Carly plays oboe for when they come to Italy. Why would
Jane Hunt
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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An American orchestra touring Italy, a country full of passion and romance is the perfect setting for a contemporary romance but something was missing in this story for me.
I liked the heroine Carly; a career minded musician. The characterisations of the other members of the orchestra from Carly's point of view are amusing and bring them to life.
Michelangelo the hero of the tale didn't make
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dionne paints a perfect picture of Italy in this fresh and funny Women's Fiction novel. Her main character, Carly, is a smart, hardworking American girl who travels to Italy on a gig with her orchestra. Carly is in desperate need of some fun! And a little romance to boot. You can tell Dionne is classically trained in music (or has done a lot of research on the matter!) because she described every moment that Carly and the others are playing so their instruments so perfectly, can can almost hear ...more
Carly’s is so focused on her music and so against the tour of Italy she’s set to go on. I found her a little rigid and uptight (you’ll be glad she does loosen up in the book)

This is a great book to read whilst the sun is shining and a glass of wine on hand. The plot is fresh and entertaining, a nice way to spend an afternoon out in the sun. And I really enjoyed reading about the vineyard, (I have no nose for wine) but I could
clearly see the grapes growing on the vines. It gave the book extra dep
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
An American Girl In Italy by Aubrie Dionne

3 Stars

Concentrating on her career, Carly has no interest in taking advantage of the romantic country when she travels with her company to tour Italy for the summer. Frustrated that the compulsory trip with the Symphony she plays with prevents her from performing in concerts at home. Meeting Michelangelo a local vineyard owner come tour guide soon changes that when their attraction to each other is undeniable.

Being a romance lover I tried really hard to
Sanne Heremans
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Classic rendition of American woman meets Italian man, with a little twist....

Carly is a classicly trained musician who is a slave of her work, while Michelangelo is in desperate need to save his families legacy.

When they first meet you just know that there is a spark between them that neither of them is going to be able to deny. During those twee weeks in Italy they keep growing closer to each other, but will love be enough?

Misunderstandings will occur and secrets will be revealed.... Will she
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for the lovely review copy of this book.

I found some of the characters endearing to say the least. The 2 main characters have a fiery feel from the book. Carly is an oboist who doesn't really want to be in Italy. Michaelangelo is Italian with a vineyard and LOADS of complications. What happens when these two collide is apparently anything but fireworks. Add in a drop of a diva and a load of orchestra confusion and you have a lovely story for lo
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book as part of a book tour promotion. All opinions are my own.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I felt a connection to Carly and found many of the characters to feel very familiar. I enjoyed getting to know the background and secrets of many of the characters and then rooting the ones I wanted to "win".

The last few chapters of this book were suspenseful, but I loved the way it all turned out.

Find a full review of this book on my blog beginning 8/19/14
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Three Stars: A simple, clean romance set against the fantastic backdrop of Italy.

Carly is relieved to finally be landing. The nine hour flight seemed endless. Carly is an accomplished oboist touring Italy with an orchestra. Now that she has arrived in Italy, the only thing Carly can focus on is slogging through her emails and getting the tour over so she can return home to Boston. When Carly reaches the tour bus, she comes face to face with a tall, handsome Italian man, Michelangelo, their two g
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh, Italy. The history. The monuments. The scenery. The music. The unexpected romances.

Carly is a struggling musician, on tour with her orchestra in Italy. In the music biz, you’ve gotta teach, play gigs, and be in about four orchestras to be a somebody. So when one of Carly’s orchestras sends out a do-or-die, tour in Italy to keep your full-time status, there’s nothing she can do but go, while dreading and cringing how much it will put her music life in Boston down the gutter.

She’s worked so ha
Andrea Garcia
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF'd at 20% chapter 5. Where do I start? Reading the 5 chapters was pure agony. I'm not quite sure where all the 4 and 5 star reviews are coming from for this book. Did we get the same book to read? This book has so many cheesy clichés; I felt like I was getting beat over the head with them.
The insta-love was a big turn off for me as a reader. It was immediate too as in Michelangelo knew he wanted to make Carly fall in love with him within 30 minutes of meeting her. Please no.
This has
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This story had everything to keep me hooked: a completely career oriented American travels to Italy on business and meets an attractive Italian that shows her there’s more to life than work? Yes, please!

Sadly the author decided to go the insta-love route… And when I say instantaneous, I really mean instantaneous, because by the end of chapter 1, the protagonists had just met and Michelangelo was already wondering if he could m
Amelia Elizabeth
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Carly is a work-a-holic, her music is her life and everything revolves around when she gets to play next. She is currently on a trip to Italy to play a number of concerts. While it sounds like a dream trip, things aren't going so great for Carly. Her best friend and fellow symphony member has focused more of her attention on her currently relationship with the director. Carly is stuck rooming with the diva singer, a woman who is obsessed with the aria the two are preforming. Carly is also missin ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading it, I can only say that I wasted my time. Girl finds love abroad and faces difficulties and doubts... That kind of story has been done to death, so I was kind of expecting a different twist to it, maybe a more complicated plot with unpredictable events, but I was sorely disappointed. It is not an original story and it is a pity, because I like a good love story, especially if it is set in a beautiful and romantic place
Italo Italophiles
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
An American Girl in Italy starts off quickly. We get the genre's required "cute-meet" between U.S. American Carly, and Italian Michelangelo, where Carly falls head-over-heels, literally, before: ...the tall, dark and gorgeous hottie who must think she was the biggest idiot ever to land in Italy.

Like all contemporary romances, there is a physical attraction between the gorgeous duo right away. The author alternates the point-of-view between Carly, a buttoned-down workaholic, and Michelangelo Ricc
Paula  Phillips
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Going to Italy and playing in concerts around Europe would be anyone's dream , a nice vacation with a little music on the side. For Carly though who does not like change and is not one for romantic and spontaneous gestures as we gather from the story, she is not too keen but sees this as a once in a lifetime opportunity and along with her orchestra , she heads to Italy. Reading this book, I would kindly take Carly's place as who wouldn't love a trip to Italy and experience the Italian vineyards ...more
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Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.


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