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The Lovers' Guide to Rome

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  211 reviews
This gorgeous romantic novel set around the beautiful sights of Rome tells the story of three couples and their adventures with love in the eternal city.

Young artist Alice has come to Rome for adventure and inspiration before settling down with her safe boyfriend, Daniel. Is there such a thing as love at first sight and how will she know if it's happening to her? Middle-ag
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin (first published March 23rd 2016)
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Laurel I agree with Klay, it would be perfect for a book club. Nothing weird or kinky at all. I liked the way Mark Lamprell wrote it, but not the ending. Tha…moreI agree with Klay, it would be perfect for a book club. Nothing weird or kinky at all. I liked the way Mark Lamprell wrote it, but not the ending. That's because I wanted to keep reading about these people. (less)

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Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absorbing, romantic and incredibly moving!

One Summer Day in Rome is a story about love, new love, struggling love, eternal love, and lost love.

The story takes place in the time span of one day and takes us into the lives of three couples; Alice and August, university students from different continents who test the idea of love at first sight; Alec and Meg, a middle-aged married couple who've lost that loving feeling; and Constance a heartbroken widow who recently lost her soul mate.

The prose is
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“When it came to decorating she had a natural inclination towards the less-is-more approach, although she had to admit more-is-more was definitely working for this room. But that was the great thing about Rome. Nobody bothered with restraint”

The Lovers’ Guide to Rome is the second novel by Australian screenwriter and author, Mark Lamprell. Instructed by her Fine Arts Professor to do something “voosh” on her vacation, nineteen-year-old Alice goes to Rome. The plan is to meet her (very non-voosh)
The blurb likens this book to the movie Love, Actually, and although I wouldn’t totally agree with that, I do agree it was a light and easy read with an enjoyable rom com/chick lit feel about it.

It follows the story of three couples, all at different stages of their lives. The young just falling in love at first sight couple, Alice and August; the middle aged married couple contemplating adultery and divorce, Alec and Meg; and the older sister-in-laws and best friends barely coping with their lo
Douglas Lord
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damn! This romance-y book has foiled my attempts to remain impervious to romance-y type books! The story follows three parallel tales. One concerns Alec and Meg, an unhappily married American/Australian couple too busy grumping at each other to smell the roses. Another is about aristocrats Lizzie and Constance, sprightly septuagenarian British sisters-in-law on a mission to spread the ashes of Henry, their husband/brother, respectively. The third revolves around a heavenly beautiful ginger named ...more
"How is it possible to say an unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world!” —Nathaniel Hawthorne  

Incredibly charming, One Summer Day in Rome is a tale of love in all its stages - new love, love rediscovered, love's end. The narrative follows 3 couples that seemingly have nothing in common, aside from the fact that they're all in the beautiful, eternal city of Rome. Alice is on a journey for self-discovery and to find some inspiration, Meg and Alex are a
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Even though I didn't fall in love with the story, I fell in love with Rome. I love the personification of Rome and it made me want to visit the city more than anything else; it was a beautiful setting and the writing really made Rome feel, alive. ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-ebook
I have never been to Rome, perhaps that is the reason I didn't like the book...
I just didn't find any of the stories interesting enough and I didn't like any of the main characters (I hated Meg and didn't care for the others).
Kim Maine
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It sucked me in as soon as I started reading it. Using the spirit of Rome as the narrator, Mark Lamprell moves with great ease and skill between the book's three main strands, pulling them together and weaving them into an engaging, entertaining and romantic novel.
First, we meet young Alice who believes that in love "one person always loses the other". She comes to Rome to "strike a new course and boldly navigate it" and finds herself challenged well beyond her expectations.
Crystal King
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you can't be in Rome this summer, reading this book is the next best thing. It's a quirky tale of one crazy summer day in Rome, with six people compelled by an unnamed force driving them together, apart, then together once more. Every page is packed with the magic that is Roma, every sight and nook and cranny of wonderfulness that is the Eternal City. It is a book full of charm, of romance, of complex and fascinating characters tied together not by a pretty bow but the breathtaking blue of a ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the perfect book to read over New Year's, the characters are fleshed out wonderfully. Although I found the character "Meg" to be such a horrible woman that I was really rooting for her husband to leave her. Maybe its just the mood I've been in lately but these over-indulged, whiny, selfish, spoiled women really annoy me to no end. ...more
Georgia Carvalho
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how Audible got me to buy this book, but it was NOT a favorite...A few of the characters were outright detestable.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three "couples" in Rome for one day with 3 different objectives. I loved how the author tied these 3 separate stories together in a very interesting way.

"Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful business people from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete—but soon it becomes clear
Heidi Timmons
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, italy
This book is like quite different than the usual novel. I picked it up from a sale on Audible, plus I am traveling to Rome this year. It is narrated by some sort of "spirit of love" in Rome. It's an omniscient narrator, so the head-jumping can be disorienting at times, but the author pulls it off. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Great character development of Meg, Alec, and Alice. I never felt in touch with the character of August, and I could never feel the connection betwee ...more
Gina *loves sunshine*
The summary of this books sounds so good - but I was quite surprised the narrator for the audiobook had an English accent. It just did not work for me! Also should have noted the 3.47 avg rating ~ DNF after 20 minutes!
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2017
Very cute! Took me back to the streets of Rome.
Alexis Hilgert
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was nothing short of magical. I adored the characters and the setting. It was beautifully told. I didn’t want to put it down and now I’m sad that the ended!!
Laura Apperson
Easy, breezy read, with some touching moments and other cringy moments. I enjoyed it overall, but I wouldn't recommend it to others. ...more
Natalie  S
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The Lovers' Guide to Rome promised to whisk me off my feet and take me on a journey of the Eternal City. And while there were plenty of moments where I felt like I was back in Italy, there were also times where it felt a tad unremarkable. This book is ultimately a light, uneven and pleasant rom-com that would have made a better film.

This book is the second novel from screenwriter, Mark Lamprell (Babe: Pig in the City). Here, Lamprell choses to have the city of Rome play the role as the narrator.
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by by book, first when it appeared through my letter box without any prior warning, and secondly when I started to read it, and found I was enjoying it. The mention of Rome in the title was enough to interest me, as I love books set in a good location, and this one doesn't disappoint.

The location details are brilliant, it really does feel a bit like a whistle stop travel guide to Rome, as you pass various large monuments. But the brilliance is in the little details, t
Sharon J
What an absolute delightful novel!! Loved it so much. A beautiful story told with elegance and light hearted joy and with an incredible and wonderful setting of Rome. So lovely to read a story which is both engaging and amusing. Narrated by the spirit of Rome (yes it does sound unusual but it works) the story centres around 3 groups of people who arrive in Rome almost at the same time to follow their own paths but the spirit of Rome interferes with their original plans and things happen. The cha ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading 'The Lovers' Guide to Rome' and loved every bit of it, I really didn't want it to end. The humour, the heartfelt exploration of grief, jealousy and the different stages of life (and love), as well as dialogue full of witty banter made it so engaging. And I loved how the author weaved through the history of Rome in such a clever way. What a fabulous novel! I'll be recommending it to all my friends. Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for my advance copy. ...more
Elaine - Small Farm Big Life
The narration of this book was a little confusing for me at the beginning. I quickly realized it wasn't one of the characters in the book narrating, it was a third party. I'm still a little confused about exactly who that third party is. They seem to be a spirit from an ancient religion associated with genius loci called the genius of love. I'm not sure it matters exactly who they are, their point seems to be that they make love connections happen in Rome and the magical love connection is stron ...more
Elizabeth Cole
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The title, One Summer Day in Rome, was what drew me to the book. Followed by the description. Love in the Eternal City, what could be more romantic? Women’s lit is not normally a huge draw for me but I make an exception when it comes to Rome.

The story revolves around three main groups of people. There are Alec and Meg. They ha
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Day in Rome or The Lovers’ Guide to Rome by author Mark Lamprell is a story about the choices and lives of several people as they just happen to ALMOST intersect in Rome during a specific time. It is very well written, and the characters are well developed. Each character and their interaction with others they meet on this journey will make a difference in their memories and future feeling for people from their past and also in their present. Have I confused you? Sorry, but I do not want to ...more
Teresa LaBella
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Lamprell's novel "One Summer Day in Rome" tells three very different stories of people in the early, middle and later stages of life and love, observed and narrated by the city of Rome.

Alice seeking the voosh advised by her college professor finds August, on holiday with his British buddies, who falls in love with her in the lost luggage line.

Meg and Alec survive a car crash, muggers, and a threatened breakdown of their marriage over renovation plans for their home in Los Angeles.

Katie B
3.5 stars
As an art student in New York City, Alice can't help but feeling like she doesn't measure up to her family of overachievers. She travels to Rome for a little inspiration and the hope she can talk herself into settling down with her perfectly nice but boring fiance. Sisters-in-law, Constance and Lizzie fly to Rome to scatter the ashes of Constance's husband, George. Meg flies to Rome with a special blue tile and has brought along her husband Alec so they can find someone to create more o
Brittany Fielding
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that you are hoping it gets better... but it doesn’t.

There are so many flaws to this book, it’s unreal!!!

I am a HUGE HOPELESS ROMANTIC, and I was excited to read a book about 3 love stories that intertwine in Rome, Italy. But... ALL 3 stories were SO DUMB!! And I don’t mean it was cheesy... because I love the cheese! Oh no!🤦‍♂️ it was unrealistic, not romantic and really dumb stories and they were unnecessarily dirty and even the dirty sounded ridiculous. (Ex. They did
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Thanks to @flatiron_books for the copy of One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell! The story is narrated by a spirit of Rome (sometimes mentioned as a Quantum Mechanic and once as a genie) who brings three couples to Rome. Constance and Lizzie, two elderly British sisters-in-law, have arrived to scatter their husband's/brother's ashes. Meg and Alec, a middle-aged couple who is stuck in a rut of routine with their relationship roles, are in Rome for a one-day mission to find a tile maker. And fin ...more
Michelle Arredondo
One Summer Day In Rome....romance, intrigue, and charm. A beautiful story of three couples...and the attraction to Rome. Alice, a free bird who lives for adventure and freedom, yearning for that one great escapade before she is set to marry her very composed, safe, balanced fiance. Connie and Izzie...older women, on a mission to scatter the ashes of their husband, brother. Living life with no plans to pursue any further romance for themselves discover that love is still in the cards when it come ...more
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