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Rome Is Where The Heart Is

(From Italy with Love #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Bookouture
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Do you need a vacation but it isn’t happening anytime soon? Me too, but after reading this gem of a book I feel as if I’ve had a refreshing holiday in Rome, it provided an absolutely lovely escape from reality and transported me to the sunny streets of Italy.

Poor Kate, when the story begins she’s just been unceremoniously dumped by her oblivious husband Matt. He seriously needs to get a clue, and though Kate knows she’s better off without him
Melissa Rose
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Thank you to Netgalley and bookouture for providing me with an advanced review copy. Also, a big thank you to Tilly Tennant for writing another fabulous story; My wallet doesn't thank you, but I do.

I truly needed this book right now; I needed to escape from the world with a cozy book.

I felt that every page of this novel was a delight to read.

The Author did a marvelous job at developing the characters. I couldn't help becoming attached to each character and feel for their personal struggles. In
Karen Whittard
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookoutre and Tilly Tennant for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

You will find my review on Goodreads from today under my name of Karen Whittard and on Amazon under my name k.ewhittard from publication date.

I have been a huge fan of Tilly Tennant for quite some time now. I always like to be whisked away by her books. The style of writing is really easy to read as well which is always fantastic. It is one that you can easily dip in and out of withou
Kacey Kells
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate needed a vacation… because being dumped isn’t a pleasant thing!

Hence, she decided to spend a week in Rome... and she fell in love with the Eternal city immediately upon her arrival. She just couldn’t withstand its bewitching charm: the sun-drenched piazzas and their beautifully sculptured fountains, the sumptuous and majestic palaces, the joyful and festive atmosphere which pervades the whole city… Better yet, she fell for a hot
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you see Rome in the title of a book what do you think of? I know I think of good Italian food, a city steeped in history and sexy Italian men. Ok so my thoughts may be a bit stereotypical, but Rome is Where the Heart is has all of that and a good deal more too - for this is a book featuring at least half the story in The Eternal City, but takes in another side to the city too.

Yes there is Italian food, how could you have a book like this without it, and Kate ends up having some great meals
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate came home from work sooner than usually and that’s when she found her husband about to leave. It was unexpected and hurt her, but life goes on and she decides to do something her husband didn’t like-go travelling. She decides to go to Rome all by herself. Right after arriving in Rome, she meets Jamie, who’ll become a big part of her vacation and their friendship does not end in Rome. While discovering the magical Rome, Kate also meets Alessandro, who is a policeman. Kate tries to find balan ...more
A lovely change of pace to the relentless Christmas stories at this time of year.

Kate has just received her decree nisi after her childhood sweetheart left her. Determined to drag herself out of the pit of despair she has been wallowing in, she decides to indulge herself with some of the things that her ex-husband Matt wouldn't do. A trip abroad to Rome is top of the list.

Through a series of random events she meets an American, Jamie, in Rome on business and an Italian policeman Allesandro. As K
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book starts with some real drama! The first scene had me completely hooked as Kate comes home early from work to find her childhood sweetheart and husband, Matt leaving her. Kate is obviously distraught but she manages to find a silver lining. Matt never wanted to travel and Kate always did. Brilliantly, the first thing Kate does once the divorce comes through is hop on a plane to Rome!

Once she's there, two men take centre stage beside all the landmarks, sounds and tastes of the city: Ameri
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: italy
Honestly, thank you so much Bookouture and NetGalley for the Arc in exchange for review. I jump at most any book that takes place in Rome, or really any place in Italy. Rome is Where The Heart Is will be added to my favorite books based in Italy that I will read over and over. I typically hate when a book starts out with the woman being dumped, especially in this case where Kate and her husband Matt had a deep history. I often wonder how someone loves someone for years and builds a life together ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book! I have binged a bit on crime/police procedural novels so I needed some pleasant escapism - and Rome is Where the Heart is gave me that in bucket loads. I was first introduced to Tennant's writing with The Little Village Bakery and this book continues with the same wonderful, warm writing with likeable characters.
Kate has been cruelly dumped by her husband on Friday the 13th, Matt is all she has ever known as they were best friends and childhood sweethearts so
Fabiana Rodriguez Aguilar
Apr 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Browsing through NetGalley I found this book, and it seemed a nice story to get into. Rome is one of my favorite places in the entire world, so when I read the title of this book I was filled with joy and wanted to read it badly. It was a complete disappointment, I expected the story to have more adventure in Rome and its wonderful and mysterious places, but it was completely the opposite. The story of Kate and her divorce, wanting to free herself from that long time relationship lead her to vis ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A great read...lovely main character Kate looks at her life after her childhood sweetheart marriage ends quite suddenly...she takes off to Rome on a weeks holiday meeting up with some great characters people who she really does need in her life at that time. Loved the Italian setting...lovely easy heartwarming read xx
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit & romance fans
When you can't just jet off to Rome a little vicarious escape is to be had in a book. It was a rainy, chilly spring week where I am so following Kate's trip to Rome and meeting Alessandro was fun. This wasn't the most immersive story if you're looking for something akin to a travelogue but as breezy romances go, this fit nicely. I enjoyed watching Kate recuperate from her divorce and open up quite a lot on her excursion. In addition to romance and friendship Kate also experiences a bit of cultur ...more
Joanne D'Arcy
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kate is married to Matt, they were childhood sweethearts who made the next step.

The next step probably should have been children. But for Matt it was separation.

The next step for Kate is unknown. She is in a dead-end job, which she tolerates, just and her love is for dressmaking.

At the chance to change her life, she books herself a holiday to Rome, on her own. It is time she did something with her life.

At the airport she meets Jamie, who helps guide her through a city so she can see just as much
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an ecopy of Rome is Where the Heart Is by Bookouture, Tilly's publisher in exchange for an honest review, something that I'm more than happy to do.

The main character is Kate, her marriage has suddenly ended and she's bereft. She needs some time out and decides to totally escape her life and embarks on a solo trip to Rome to gather her thoughts and gain some traction on her life. Her sisters, are seriously worried about her plans and make her promise to keep in touch - something that
Donna Maguire

I am a massive fan of Tilly Tennant's books and have read nearly all of her releases so far (I'm working on the remaining ones at the moment), and I have to say that her writing style is one of my favourites.  I love the pace of her books, the characters always have good personalities and depth and they help her bring the words to life and will admit I loved this book, it made me feel all mushy inside and really played on my pregnancy hormones!!

I was delig
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful, lovely book! I am so happy to have decided to read this one! I loved the fact that half of the book takes place in Rome, Italy. It felts like going on a vacation! loved it! and I really loved the main character Kate, I recognized myself in her a lot, her story was so much like my own in many aspects and it was so nice to read about someone going through the same issues. I really loved also the character of Alessandro...we all want a guy like him in our lives! and I really loved to rea ...more
The title of this book is what grabbed me immediately. I am a sucker for Italian contemporary romance!

One of my favorite things about this author is her writing style. Tilly Tennant did a beautiful job with the writing of this novel. Everything flowed so amazingly and made sense the whole way through. The drama in the beginning was so heart-felt that a few pages in, I was ready to grab tissues.

Next, the characters were great. They all had their own individuality and it was very awesome to see t
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The title of the book caught when i was browsing NetGalley and i thought it would be a nice, light reading. But it was really lighter than necessary! My mistake was that i did not read the summary, otherwise i would have skipped it.
Kate just got a divorce after Matt, her husband for the last 12 years, decided it is not what he wanted after all. So, after the first devastating months she decided to take control over her life, and do all the things she dreamed of starting with a nice holiday in Ro
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the sound of the second book in the series so much I thought I had better read this book first.
I had never read anything by Tilly Tennant before but loved this book apart from the ending which I felt was a little rushed.
I am really looking forward to the second book in this series and reading more of this romance. I may then read the more English back catalogue by this author.
I was given this book by Netgalley and the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was looking forward to a strong female lead and lots of beautiful descriptions of Rome. I got neither. I was curious to see if Kate grew up a little so I read he sequel. Easy reads, but kind of disappointing.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Main character Kate has bad bad experiences on Friday the 13th and it doesn’t change, because that’s when her husband dumps her. She decides that it’s time for a change and jumps on a plane to Italy.

In Rome her new adventure starts, she explores the city and meets handsome police man Alessandro. She gets to know different sides of him: Police man Alessandro and loving Alessandro, he even takes her to see his family. This is confusi
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is labeled as "an uplifting romance," which is in no way false advertising.

Fresh off a divorce she isn't sure she wanted, Manchester-based Kate heads to Italy for a week-long visit. She's at more than just a marital crossroads: she has a job she can't stand, and her dream home is more than she can afford. Her two sisters are firmly entrenched in their own relationships, and her mother lives in Scotland with her new husband. If anyone is ripe for change, it's Kate.

She meets two men in R
Kate Avery
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5/5

This was a crazy, doomed romance, and she had instigated it, encouraged it, made it an impossible thing that neither could live without but might yet break both their hearts. She should have listened to the voice in her head that told her to leave well alone, should have walked away while she had the chance and filed Alessandro way as a brief, fun flirtation on her first holiday as a single woman.

When her childhood sweetheart leaves her then sends divorce papers, Kate decides tha
Fiona Wilson
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017-reads
I love a book like this, it transports you away to another country with almost no effort. The author has done an amazing job with this story.

My favourite character, apart from Kate, has to be Jamie. He introduces Kate to the Rome some people don't get to see in such a way that the reader can almost see the scene in their mind. At least, that was how it was for me.

The story flows very well, the characters are all extremely well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I was delighted to disco
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After her marriage is over, Kate decides to do things that she's always wanted to do. One of those things to do is travel. First stop: Rome. But traveling on her own worries her sister. Rome is everything Kate has dreamed about. A chance encounter has brought Kate and a sexy police officer from Rome (Alessandro) together.

Can Kate find romance in Rome? Can she start a new dressmaking business? Can she leave her family?

I enjoyed this book. I loved the fact that Kate travelled to Rome alone. She's
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was drawn by the title of this book to start with, it made me re read it to make sure I read it right and then it made me smile thinking back to my time in Rome too! Then I looked at the cover which made me want to read it even more – it’s so cute!

The first couple of chapters I couldn’t quite work out the main character and didn’t feel that I connected with her that well and I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the book but by the fifth chapter I was hooked! Every chapter left me wanting to carry on
Tracy Shephard
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This delightful tale is pure escapism.

Kate, like most women going through divorce, is looking for anything but love, so a week in Rome is on the cards.

Food, Italian men and the beautifully descriptive sights pulled me in and ...mamma mia.. I was hooked. I laughed and sighed and was totally envious of Kate... it has everything for a girl like me even a bit of dressmaking. (those in the know, know my stitchy obsession)

This is the most perfect beach read, which is the worst thing about reading su
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, netgalley
This was just an okay read for me. It wasn’t bad though it could have been more. I did love the idea of a traveling book and there were parts of this story that were interesting. One of the things that I did love about the story was all the focus on Italy. I have always wanted to visit the country so it was nice that the author took us on a tour. I enjoyed those parts a lot and I felt like I was there exploring. The writing was also good as the book flowed nicely. Though one aspect of the story ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was an okay read- not fantastic nor was it bad. The start was slow- it kind of dragged actually. The only bright spot of this book aside from how Ms. Tennant described the lovely scenery of Rome, was Alessandro. Everything was made better when he was around but other than that, meh... Steam-wise, i would say was almost non existent.. Anna irritated the heck out of me although that's what big sisters actually do but I found her to be so negative. Lily was okay. But Kate- she was so full of d ...more
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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English an ...more

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