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Home To Italy

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  947 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
After the death of his beloved wife, Anna, Peppi's family and friends expect him to bury his grief by tending to his gardens and taking long rides on his bike. Instead, Peppi shocks them all with his decision to return to Villa San Giuseppe, the small Italian village where he spent his childhood, and to il mulino, his family's old mill. But once he's back, he temporarily m ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"His life, he marvelled, had come full circle, like a wheel spinning around, always ending at the beginning, always beginning at the end. That, he saw, was just the way of things."
Such a beautiful, light story about life and love. Really enjoyed it. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy from the inside.
Someone really wants to go to Italy now, haha. :)
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. The author is new to me, and the story started off sad, with a funeral. Peppi has just lost his wife to a stroke, and his wife's family is consoling him in any way that they can. He himself has no family because he and his wife were never able to have kids, and the house seems really big and empty now that he's alone. He's still pretty active; he does his landscaping and his cycling, but he starts thinking about the small village in Italy where he grew up
Anita Johnson
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much to my surprise, this is the first of Peter Pezelli's books but was just republished. He has a gift for capturing the Italian family, culture and landscape so much that I went out and bought olives while reading it! This is a sweet story of Peppi, a middle-aged widower and cyclist who leaves his family in Rhode Island to go to the home of his birth in Abruzzi to die. Instead, it is where he begins to create a new "circle of life" and to live and love again. All of this author's books are tot ...more
Bindu Manoj
A sweet, predictable story. Well told
Natalie Shawver
It's not often that I see "Pezze" as the first five letters in a name - but when I saw this author's last name, I just knew I had to spend the $1. Seeing as how the those five letters are the same five letters of my maiden name and the book is set in Italy (I'm 100% Italian), it was a good choice. Peppi loses his wife of more than forty years and wonders what he should do for the remaining chapters of his life. Stay in the house they shared? Nope. Instead he decides to return home to Italy and l ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast fun read, especially if you've ever been to Italy. I was just there and enjoyed returning through this book. I also loved that the main character was an active and fit senior citizen. As a fellow senior, I love finding stories with characters still enjoying life in their 60s and 70s.
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely quick beach read
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Jeri Duerr
3.5 A good book to read after an amazing tour of Italy. Sweet story about love the second time around.
Rachel Kingree
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely tale of starting over
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed reading this bok. It was such a quick, sweet read that made me lust for Italy. Great book, and I highly recommend it!
Emily Maynard
3.5 stars

This is a sweet little story of Peppi, an older, recently widowed man. He returns to the small Italian village that he was raised in, presumably to live out the last of his days. He is surprised to find that despite feeling like his life ended when his wife passed away, that life isn’t quite through with him yet. He reunites with his childhood friend Luca, who gives him a place to stay when he makes the devastating discovery that his childhood home has been destroyed in an earthquake. S
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
This is such a warm and touching story! I couldn't put it down. And I was surprised that a male writer could capture human emotions so wonderfully! The story begins darkly in an unforgiving Rhode Island November. Peppi Peppino's wife has just been buried and her family is gathered at the couple's home to comfort Peppi. He just wants them to leave him alone. Under dark skies day after day he toils in the back yard and garden. After he finishes the front yard, he makes the monumental to go back to ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light read...predictable...but a nice story.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Makes me want to go back to Italy, buy some land, and build my own house. And eat the food! And speak the language! I miss Italy!
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It is a heartwarming story of life, death, loss and new love...and if you enjoy Italian food, and the language, you will enjoy this book. It is a 'Hallmark' channel kind of read, that life SHOULD be, more than, how it actually IS. The main character, Peppi, is a very likeable fellow, and I found it interesting how the book never did give his age, but referred to the May December romance, so we know there is the age difference with Peppi and his new love. And ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When his soul-mate and wife dies, leaving behind childless Peppi, he seeks solace in returning to the small Italian village where he spent his childhood. There, though he is faced with many obstacles (including the destruction of his family home and a brief spell of depression), he finds new life and hope in old friends and new. And, though he's vowed that he could never love another like he loved Anna, he gradually learns that his heart may be bigger and capable of more passion than he once bel ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
After the initial couple of chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was afraid at first that it was going to be a struggle to enjoy the story due to some herky-jerky prose in the beginning, but once I got past the first couple of chapters, Pezzelli found his stride and the book sort of took off from there. It's a sweet, well-rounded story that is easy to relate to, and it is an easy, enjoyable read. I am not a romance reader by habit or choice, so this is exactly the kind of light reading th ...more
Diane Ferbrache
As a teen, Peppi moved from Italy to the US to start a new life. He met and married a wonderful woman, and although they had no children of their own, the surrounded themselves with loads of loving nieces, nephews, and other family. When Peppi's wife dies suddenly, he decides it is time to return home to his village in Italy, to the home and mill he inherited from his parents.

He settles in with old friends and renews his habit of cycling around the countryside, but an earthquake has destroyed th
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, mine, womens-fiction
This is the second book by Peter Pezzelli that I have read. I enjoy his writing. His characters are well written and likeable. This story is about Peppi, a 60-ish man who has just lost his wife at the beginning of this book. He has lived in America since he was a young man and he and Anna, his wife, have been married for about 40 years. After her death, he decides to go back to Italy, to his home village, where he was raised as a boy. He still owns the property that he grew up on and his best fr ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My rating for this book derives from how it made me feel while reading it and the optimism it instilled by telling a story of new and happy beginnings when all seemed lost. Even as it started out on a down note, the author's writing style is uplifting and enjoyable. His descriptions of the character's Italian homeland and culture invite you in, make you feel at home, and make you truly want to be there. Hope for new beginnings and a dream setting for this story left me with a feeling of happines ...more
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-romance
I read this book, because I really liked reading "Francesca's Kitchen" (which was also by Pezzelli). However, this book was not nearly as good as Francesca's kitchen.

This is a story about an older man named Peppi, whose life is turned upsided down when his wife dies. Peppi and his wife lived in America, and Peppi decides to return to Italy (his childhood home) after he loses his wife.

The story follows Peppi as he goes to Italy, finds his childhood home destroyed, and reunites with his friend Luc
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely enjoyable book about mourning, hope, love, the giro, bicycles, Italy and a deep friendship between two men that spans more than 30 years.
Peppi has emigrated to the United States during his late teens and has led a happy life with his wife for over 30 years. When his wife dies he doesn’t know how to move on and in the end he decides to go back to Italy, to the old family mill and his former friend and cycling partner Luca.
The book tells the delightfull story about Peppi getting reac
Aug 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who needs an easy read
An extremely cheesy book. The actual story is nice, but the way the text is read makes it sound like a bad translation, which it is not. It's almost melodramatic "Ay! Managia! I can't believe he was so silly to do that!" I kept waiting for the real writing to begin, since apparently this writer has another book out. I seriously can't believe the publisher went for it. One character was good and developed, but other than that, not even the protagonist was well-written. Why am I writing such a rev ...more
This was another really nice book by Peter Pezzelli. There was no extreme drama or violence. It is a book about someone dealing with the realities of normal every day life. This was not a boring book, by any stretch, but it was also not heart attack inducing. I really liked the way Pezzelli didn't dramatize or sugarcoat the situations the characters experienced. The book reminded me that regular life is interesting.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just months after Peppi's wife of 48 years dies, he decides to leave the couple's Rhode Island home for Italy. The grieving Peppi says his life is over and he wants to die where he was born.
He found some things unchanged in his old home, but he also found changes that only added to his grief. As he resumes his old interests, and especially as he uses his talents to help others, Peppi begins to recover and even to find reason to keep living.
This is a poignant and hopeful novel, populated with l
Jun 17, 2010 added it
Shelves: kindle, vacation-read
So I bought this because of the title for our trip to Italy. OMG! What a cheesy book. First there was the liberal sprinkling of Italian and the dialog that made me feel like I was watching the Sopranos. Then there was the whole cycling aspect---fine, I could live with that, but when the "hero" gets the hot, young Italian girl that is less than half his age...That was the last straw.

Not worth the cheap price I got it on Amazon for.
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I needed brain-free reading with light, happy endings but not a harlequin romance, and if you ever need this in your life Peter Pezzelli is your author. Liked Francesca's Kitchen best, then Home to Italy, and not as much Italian Lessons and Sunday Dinner. The foreshadowing is very heavy, but these books allowed me to read and not think or be sad when I needed it. They had enough intelligence in them about human relationships (and yummy Italian food) to keep me reading.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I enjoyed this book, nothing fancy,just a good life story. Quick, easy, sometimes hard to put down, sometimes surprising, sometimes predictable. I would recommend it for a feel good book that doesn't skip over the tragedy of death, including guilt but also covers life and what can come with moving through it and on. I would also recommend it for those who love Italy and the La Dolce Vita feel of Italian life.
Debra Slonek
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, read-in-2011
This is a wonderful book about an older Italian gentleman living in America who recently lost his beloved wife. Heartbroken and childless, he decides to move back to his home town in Italy. Resuming a childhood friendhip and his beloved hobby of bicycling, he begins to live and enjoy his life again. The friend's adult daughter is also grieving the loss of her mate and circumstances lead them to each other. A very satisfying story about endings that lead to new beginnings.
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