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Rome in Love

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  428 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying h
Paperback, 314 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mickey Hoffman
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love the idea for this book. An actress is in Rome to play the lead in a remake of Roman Holiday, and she ends up having some adventures of her own. Unfortunately, the book is not very well written. The description of the characters' attire in every scene becomes very distracting, and mostly unnecessary, especially when one of the characters (Max) always seems to be wearing the same thing (a yellow collared shirt and jeans). I might go back and count the number of times this same outfit was de ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I won this book in Goodreads First Reads contest.

I just cannot finish this book. I quit at 50%.The writing is so so bad! Lots of run-on sentences that make it hard to follow the train of the story. There is almost no use of the comma. This book reminded me of how important commas are. If not used, you end up with sentences of "and this and that and this and that and this and that and that" (sometimes many of these types of sentence in a row) which makes this reader want to scream, "Use a f-ing c
Jaime Arkin
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounding to 4

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story! Rome In Love is a unique story, Amelia Tate is living a life that only some can dream about. The latest “It” girl in Hollywood, she’s off to Rome to film a remake of Roman Holiday, playing the part that Audrey Hepburn made famous.

Overwhelmed by everything surrounding her in Rome, Amelia rushes from her hotel and runs into a handsome, struggling journalist, Philip. But she leads Philip to think that she’s a maid
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

"Rome in Love" wasn't what I expected. I'm not sure why, but I'm glad to have read the book that I didn't expect. This is a lovely romance about a young, inexperienced actress who is filming the remake of "Roman Holiday" in Rome. Her adventures and the filming are interesting and held my attention. However, what I really loved was when she found the letters written by Audrey Hepburn to someone named "K
Winter Sophia Rose
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, Fascinating & Moving A Beautiful, Charming Read! I Loved It!
3 Stars, Completed August 1, 2015

I think it was an advantage that prior to Rome in Love I had no background knowledge on Audrey Hepburn* except that she’s an iconic actress that has influenced and inspired many people. It was also nice to read this not having watched Roman Holiday. I was able to dive in with a fresh mind with no particular expectations.

Rome in Love is a story of a young actress, resembling Audrey Hepburn named Amelia, that takes on the role of Princess Ann in the remake of Roman
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Various members of my family recently spent time in Rome. Thanks to Anita Hughes, I was able to visualize some of the historic tourist spots they visited and enjoy Rome vicariously, as a result. Rome in Love: A Novel is a sweet and romantic armchair adventure. I enjoyed the film aspect, even though I'm not a fan of movie remakes and haven't seen Roman Holiday yet. I also loved reading about iconic actress Audrey Hepburn's story, as re-imagined by Anita. However, I would have rather been taken on ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, fiction, romance
Amelia is an up-and-coming actress who takes on the role that Audrey Hepburn had in the very famous movie, "Roman Holiday." Amelia is escaping from a horrible ex-boyfriend who doesn't seem to understand what she wants out of life. While she knows that this film is could be her big break, she is also interested in trying to mend her broken heart. Enter Philip, a journalist, that Amelia falls for. She assumes that he doesn't know who she is and she wants to keep herself anonymous so she builds a b ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Original review can be found at
2.5 stars

** I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.**

The main attraction to this book for me was that it took place in Rome. I will be there in less than a month and thought that it might set the scene a little bit for me while fulfilling my want for a nice summer read.

This book definitely had some moments that I enjoyed and they were mostly in the Audrey Hepburn letters.
Sara Raju
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read. I couldn't even get through it. If you went through this book and took out every reference to food and descriptions of WHAT EVERYONE WAS FUCKING WEARING, you would have a very short book. Honestly, even though it is supposed to be an homage to Roman Holiday, I can't help but feel like this book is an embarassment to everyone involved with that masterpiece. And poor Audrey Hepburn! The author puts in 'found' letters of the famed actress, and seems to think s ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Even though I didn't expect a lot from this book, I was disappointed. I chose the book because it was set in Rome, and was hoping for a fun read that would make me feel like I was in Italy. Unfortunately, the writing lacked quality descriptions of the setting, and really could have been set anywhere. I'm not even sure the author has ever been to Italy...she could've just googled it and made sure to include key tourist attractions. The story lines were very predictable and pretty shallow, and the ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a great story - how can you go wrong with Rome, Roman Holiday & Audrey Hepburn, and a new romance?!! 3.5 stars

I'm not sure if it's the writing or the editing - some phrases were repeated so often that I was annoyed. If I read "Max wore a yellow collared shirt and jeans" once I read it at least 20 times! The repetitious phrasing made my eye twitch, but I still enjoyed the overall story. Off to watch Roman Holiday..........
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars, review coming soon!
Talina | Sassy & Dangerous
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars - Also reviewed on my blog, Sassy & Dangerous!

"Rome in Love was unfortunately not the book for me, but hopefully someone else will enjoy it even more!"

When I was given the opportunity to read this book, I couldn't pass it up. I needed a book to get me out of my reading slump and I was in the mood for a fun, romantic read. As fun as it was to read the adventure that our main character Amelia was going through, there were some parts that just didn't sweep me into the s

*I received an eARC from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!) This didn't influence my opinion in any way

Oh, boy. Rome in Love and I didn’t get along very well. Essentially, the book is a retelling of the movie Roman Holiday. I love retellings in general and fairy-tale retellings in particular, and I thought this would be a really nice change of pace and a chance to see how a contemporary version would work for me. And it’s set in Italy! Who doesn’t love Italy?! Unfortu
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Rome in Love by Anita Hughes is an incredibly sweet and charming romance loosely based on the movie Roman Holiday. Although a mostly light-hearted read, the storyline touches on a couple of issues that are sure to resonant with anyone whose desires and dreams are in direct conflict with family expectations and/or obligations.

Amelia Tate is absolutely thrilled to be starring in the remake of Roman Holiday. Although filming on location in Rome is a dream come true, the separation is a poi
Tracie Banister
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t make it to Rome this summer, but reading this book was the next best thing to being there! Rome in Love tells the story of actress-on-the-rise Amelia Tate who’s been cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday. This is a dream come true for Amelia, but she’s overwhelmed by all the media attention when she arrives in The Eternal City to shoot the film. Wanting to escape the crush of a press conference at her hotel, she dons a maid’s uniform and takes off to explor ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review may also be found on my blog - Dizneeee's World of Books

Amelia is a rising Hollywood starlet. She's is in Rome to film a remake of one of the best movies of all time: Roman Holiday.

At the beginning of the story, we meet Amelia. She snuck out of a party in a maid's outfit from the hotel where she is a guest. While out and roaming the streets, she discovers that she's quite tipsy from the party and has no purse or money with her. She meets Philip, a man who saved her from the rain, and s
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
So basically, it's a retelling of Roman Holiday about a remake of Roman Holiday.
There's a whole lot of Roman Holiday.
It was a good story, but it wasn't great. There wasn't enough thickness of plot, it was all too simple to me. I feel like retelling a should have resemblance to the original, but they should have more dimension, more intrigue. If anything, it felt like this book almost had less.
The writing was whimsical, I did enjoy it. It was a fairly well-written book, but it wasn't spectacular.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, 7, library, romance
I nice enough story, but the very premise required deceit on the part of both the main characters so I was constantly worried about how that might turn out well.

It was actually handled very well, but I didn't know that until I got to the end, did I?

And the chance of those letter still being there to be found 60 years later? Sorry, I don't buy that in the real world. Suspension of disbelief required.
Hollywood, Audrey Hepburn, Rome...a delicious read. I don't know how Hughes can so repeatedly set her characters in the most fabulous, glitziest of locales and still make them completely charming and relatable. A read-at-the-beach in one sitting type of book. It definitely had me googling afterward as well!
Cathy Lamb
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rome In Love. Anita Hughes is great at settings. She knows how to take you away and in this book, you could FEEL Rome. You could see it, taste it, smell, live in it. And I liked the Audrey Hepburn sub plot, and how she had to re - do her life, start again, re think, take a hit and get back up. Totally loved it.
Liz Fenton
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely novel by Anita Hughes! If you love Italy, but don't have the time or money to travel there, then all you have to do is read ROME IN LOVE--her descriptions of the country are immaculate and the story enticing. Loved it!
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun read! Feels like you're actually in Rome with Amelia.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
My copy was an advanced readers copy. There were multiple errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation and I'm curious how it compared to the finished product. This author wrote on several of my favorite things; Audrey Hepburn, Italy and the film Roman Holiday.

Amelia Tate is an up and coming actress who's just been signed to play the lead role in the Roman Holiday remake. Not only does she look a little like Hepburn but she's also given the same suite in the same hotel Hepburn stayed in 60 years
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this when I picked it up in 2015. It took me a couple of years to get around to it but I impulsively tucked it into my travel bag for my annual trip to NH. I cannot say I am sorry that I waited so long to read it. It wasn't the best written book I've read, if I could count how many times they said "Let's eat a plate of this" or "Sophie was wearing her hair knotted in a low ponytail with a yellow ribbon, I'd probably be dizzy". The author dropped so many names, I ...more
Denise Chojnacki
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was very disappointing for me. The premise of the story was enchanting but it just never was able to measure up to what was proposed in the book notes. Even with that I was able to hang in there to see what the ending would bring. It was the writing that really was not up to par. Ms. Hughes wrote a lot about food and brands of clothing but it often came off sounding like a laundry list. The part about the letters the main character found from Audrey Hepburn was a bit unbelievable and I ...more
Linda Smatzny
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is set in Rome in the summertime. The main character is Amelia Tate , an actress, who is starring in a remake of Roman Holiday. She is playing the Audrey Hepburn role and she has met a real princess who is hiding before her wedding. Amelia loves everything about Rome and Italy. In her hotel room she finds a batch of letters written by Audrey when she was filming Roman Holiday in Rome. The book is a love letter to Rome and all things Italian. It would be the perfect summer beach book. I ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story of an American actress in Rome filming a remake of Roman Holiday. I appreciated the authors description of the sites, food, and dress although, at times, it tended to repeat itself. The main character, Amelia is intimate with different men however the scenes are written EXACTLY the same.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars because I loved the happy fairytale ending. Other than that, I was very bored. I got tired of reading pages and pages of Audrey Hepburn's letters. And I didn't get why she felt the need to lie about her true identity, she wasn't that big of a star. And then she had the audacity to get mad at him for lying.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 4 Jun 23, 2015 07:08PM  
  • From Italy With Love
  • Bella Fortuna
  • For Internal Use Only
  • Grounded (May Hollow Trilogy, Book #1)
  • Come Dancing (Jack and Julia #1)
  • Catch a Rising Star (Drama Queen #1)
  • The Turning Point
  • Behind The Red Doors (Santori Stories #1)
  • The House of Bradbury
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  • The Art of Floating
  • Help Wanted, Desperately
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Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, EMERALD COAST, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON and CALIFORNIA SUMMER published by St. Martin's Press.
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