The Italian Party
When Scottie's Italian teacher--a teenager with secrets ...more
On its surface, Christina Lynch's The Italian Party is like a fancy dessert—it's lovely to look at, but you aren't sure if there will be any substance beneath the decorative frills. But when you dig in, you realize there's more to it than meets the eye.
Newlyweds Scottie and Michael leave America to move to Siena, Italy, where Michael will be selling Ford tractors to Italian farmers, to get them to start absorbing American culture. It's the 1950s, not long after ...more
Grande Successo! this book was an unexpected Gem for me....Siena,Italy 1956....Two Young newly married Americans.... full of secrets and hope....
Scottie and Michael are newly married.... both of them came to the marriage with many secrets and for different reasons.... Michael works for Ford selling tractors to the Italian farmers.... but he has a hidden agenda... he wants to bring the American Capitalistic ways to Italy and fight communism.....scottie is a girl that go ...more
It’s tempting to want to share spoilers - however- this sexy-romantic-historical fiction comical spy story with secrets that keep coming and coming - is such delightful entertainment—that personally - I suggest JUST READ IT —skip reviews until AFTER you’ve read it. The surprises are a comic-tragic-kick-of-fun.....pushing your curiosity buttons as to how and the heck are these guys going to weasel out of these situations.
This novel is a delicious adventure from start to finish. ...more
Secrets they are keeping from the other, and their own reasons for the marriage.
A fun read, a sort of spy romp but also much more. Althoug ...more
The Italian Party was a fun ride through the 1950s Italian countryside. It only turned serious in the last couple chapters. Scottie and Michael are recently married, and they move to Siena so that Michael can open a business. Scottie has much growing up to do, and each of them carry secrets into their marriage.
Italy is a hotbed of politics with speculation of communism and an impending election. The dynamics of this were fascinating f ...more
7th Favorite Read of 2020 Award
I am on cloud nine after reading this absolutely divine first novel by Ms. Lynch.
1956 Siena, Italy. A young American couple newly married arrive to open a Ford Tractor franchise.
Sounds rather dull right ? Except all is a ruse. One of them is CIA. Both of them have secrets. Both of them have affairs. The love they have for each other is new but sturdy. A fourteen year old boy is both admired and exiled. He ...more
I felt for Scottie when she first arrives In Siena. Years ago, a group of us rented a house in Pontassieve. While most of the gang made their way from Florence to the house via train, the landlady and I spe ...more
Christina Lynch does a great job creating interesting characters here with young America ...more
Scottie and Michael are newlyweds living in Tuscany in the 1950's. What could be better! Sound like the adventure of a lifetime and in many ways, it is. But they both have secrets they are keeping from the other. They really didn't know each other for too long before they decided to get married. Michael liked that Scottie was educated at Vassar. That meant she came from money, right? She is a blonde from California and he believed she must come from a "good family." Scottie looks good o ...more
THE ITALIAN PARTY begins in the late 1950's as a young newly married couple head off from America to Sienna, Italy to begin their new life together.
SUPER handsome Michael and SUPER beautiful Scottie are the perfect couple who have it all......or so it seems.
In reality, however, nothing is what it seems in this crazy-good story....NOT Michael NOT Scottie, nor just about anyone....aside from Ecco the dog....more
Newlyweds Scottie and - I've already forgotten his name and will have to look it up - Michael arrive in Siena in 1956. They both have secrets. She's pregnant by another man and he's gay and works for the CIA. Scottie is very much this new breed of female super hero. Ridiculously idealised. She is beautiful, kind, generous, socially self-confident, uninhibited, equally at ease in the city and country a ...more
”Love is a flower
That blooms so tender
Each kiss a dew drop
Of sweet surrender
“Love is a moment
Of life enchanging
Let’s take that moment
That tonight is granting.
There’s no tomorrow
When love is new
Now is forever
When love is true
So kiss me and hold me tight
There’s no tomorrow
There’s just tonight.”
-- “There’s No Tomorrow,” (Ole Sole Mio) Dean Martin, written by Christopher Difford, Glenn Tilbrook
It is April of 1956 when this story begins in Tuscany, where two newlyweds, Micha ...more
1. a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.
2.a formally constituted political group that contests elections and attempts to form or take part in a government.
When I first saw the title, I thought of the party, as in gathering, but this is mostly about a political party, the reason for Michael and his new wife, Scottie, for moving to Siena, Italy in 1956. Michael is a CIA recruit, pretending to be a Ford tractor salesman. Scottie has ...more
Both Scottie and Michael are nervous about what life wi ...more
There is a political theme which represents the time period throughout. It wasn’t heavy handed, but quite intriguing. The descriptions of Italy are beautiful, the food deli ...more
Young newlyweds Michael and Scottie are sent to Italy because of Michael’s job with the CIA, trying to change the upcoming election results there from communist leadership to democratic. Scottie has no idea in the beginning about her husband’s job, she thinks he works for Ford and is to sell tractors in Italy.
Secrets and lies are aplenty with these two, some comical moments, but this was just ok for me.
Thank you to St.Martins Press for the advanced copy and to NetGalley!
The Italian Party is pretty light given the topic. I think this will work well for some and less for others. I feel on the fence — at times I got into it and at others I wanted it to be more serious.
Scottie (a woman) and Michael are newly married Americans living in Sienna in the 1950s. They have lots of secrets and very different reasons for marrying each other. On the surface, Scottie seems like a good natured hapless new bride and Michael seems like an overeager new entrepreneur. As t ...more
So, I was a bit hesitant to read this because it sounded a bit too historical/political for my tasting. And.. unfortunately it was.
But, I am glad that I took a chance because I'm not a huge historical fan or like much political aspects to my novels.
The Italian Party started off great with the lovely travel scenes in Italy! I absolutely loved the vivd images I was able to obtain from Italy's mountainsides and t ...more
Ciao! Grazie to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read this Advanced Reader Copy of The Italian Party, a novel set in Siena, Italy in 1956. Thinking of my reading experience overnight, I decided to change my rating to a full five stars. In full disclosure, Italy is my favorite place on earth and I was excited when I was approved to read this novel. While I’ve not been to Siena, I feel li ...more
Oh to be able to live and work in Italy! Scottie and Michael in 1956 got to do just that. They were young, they were newly married and they had secrets. But, oh the food, oh the people, and oh the fun one could have meandering through the sociopolitical scene that happened after the war years! But maybe, it was not fun at all! Secrets and lies are always a way to undermine a marriage, a life, and a friendship.
The fear was that the Communists would take over in Italy a ...more
The Italian Party is an immersive story that takes you back to Siena, Italy during the mid-1950s when The Cold War was still influencing Italian politics, Communism was rampant, spies were everywhere, and in this tale newly married American couple Michael and Scottie have just arrived with glamour, high-tech gadgets, and an abundance of secrets.
The prose is eloquent and atmospheric. The characterization is exceptionally well drawn with a whole sl ...more
I would describe this book as a fun frolicking read. I'm not sure if I was supposed to take the story seriously cause at no point did it feel serious till the last 2 chapters. It has the feel of a rom-com. It definitely put me in mind of Roman Holiday" or "Three Coins in a Fountain".
I loved the setting of Siena and loved all the talk of food. The author described Siena and its people well- definitely felt like I knew them.
Our main protagonist Scottie and Michael are Americans who have ...more
The newlyweds were picture perfect American ideals in the flesh: Michael, twenty-four, a handsome, well-dressed man who shaved four times a day, and twenty-year-old Scottie, Vassar educated, beautiful, blond haired, and dressed in pearls, heels, gloves, hat-- and girdle and underarm perspiration guards.
Their whirlwind courtship and quick marriage was secretly a marriage of convenience for them both. Th ...more