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The Italian's Rags-To-Riches Wife

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Allesandro di Vincenzo is a perfect male specimen. There's no woman he can't have--until Laura Stowe crosses his path.

Laura is plain, poor and hides behind her homely appearance to avoid getting close to people.

But Allesandro needs her family connections to open the door to ultimate corporate power. So he must woo the ugly duckling into his bed-where she will learn what it
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harlequin (first published 2007)
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Dec 09, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having serious trouble getting through this. So many awful depictions of how ugly and repellent the heroine is, really she is described as some sort of freak. Ok so her hair is pulled back, she has thick eyebrows and wears loose clothes over her "sturdy" body. But a day in a spa and she's stunning? Not sure even major plastic surgery could do it but some lotion and makeup? Ok, a good tweeze and makeover lworks wonders, maybe you can go from a 4 to a 7, but from a 1 to a 9???
Debbie DiFiore
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Jacqueline J
This was a three star read with moments that stretched to 4 stars for me. It was sort of different in that the heroine was not attractive. The hero didn't fall for her until she'd had a make over which is fairly typical in HP land. Still he tried not to hurt her feelings. And one of the elements that worked for me was that her makeover was very much a make over of her self confidence and I really think that the hero was responding to her new feelings about herself more than to her new looks. And ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I really didn't like this book. Alessandro was self-centered, mean-spirited and shallow. He didn't like Laura only because she seemed ugly to him. Some might say it was because she was harsh with him but, in fact, she only responded to his rudeness. He was focused solely on her appearances. The minute she was revealed as a beautiful woman, she became interesting to him and he slept with her that same night. A real gentleman !!!

As for Laura, she was no better than him. She was so passive and
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tipica historia harlequin, pero la razon de que le de tan poca puntuacion es porque me molesto mucho la actitud del protagonista y que fuera tan superficial.
Sharn Gill
it was an okay read, I really didn't warm up to Laura until the transformation, i mean her philosophy that more attractive people are nicer then ugly people is messed up and you see it in her behaviour as well. She was also too much of a screaming shrew for me like would it kill you to be nice to someone?!,


and in the beginning when she gives a poor old man a heart attack and goes back to thinking about herself rather then feeling sorry for almost killing an old man just really didnt warm
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From ugly duckling to super beautiful. Lame storyline.
Melody Cox
This was a pretty good book. The story itself is good but the story dragged in many places causing me to fight to remain interested.

Allesandro di Vincenzo can have any woman he wants, and believe me he does...repeatedly! (Although no sex with another during this book.) This story is about Laura, the poor, homely, overweight, and just plain ugly grand-daughter of the man who holds Vincenzo's career in his hands. He is sent to retrieve her and take her to the grandfather she has never met. Allesan


Wow...from the start till the end, this book was heaven.
Where both the leads, Laura and Allesandro was equally independent, stubborn and easy to fall in love with.

The story starts in Italy, where Tomaso comes to know about his granddaughter after his Son's death. He asks Allesandro to get her. Here, the story starts. The heroine is not the usual shy beauty but adamant not really beautiful British girl who is broke. The bills and taxes are piling up and she has no one to turn to. Just the
I really loathed this! Laura equated beauty with kindness (ie beautiful people were kind because they were surrounded by beauty) and nothing in the book refuted this totally unrealistic world view. Allesandro was a total jerk from beginning to end, seeing her only after she underwent a forced make-over.

Allesandro let his eyes rest on her a moment, taking in the full extent of her unprepossessingness. The girl wasn’t just plain—she was ugly. Unkind it might be, but there was no other word for her
Tonya Warner
Allesandro helps to bring about the transformation that turns plain, ugly Laura in to a beautiful woman. The realization that she was always beautiful, just hidden escapes Laura, until finally, Allesandro shows her what love can bring about.

A very sweet and endearing story.
So Adorable but a little redundant at times
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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It's the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan sort of story. I liked it especially the end where our hero is just in love with our heroine. It was cute.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
I really struggled with this book but I'm glad I read to the end as it turned out well.
cerita bak cinderella, dari itik si buruk rupa menjadi angsa nan cantik jelita. Bercerita tentang laura yang sebatang kara, tiba2 dijemput oleh seorang asing untuk menemui kakek yang dianggapnya tak mau mengakuinya. Alessandro yang awalnya tidak tertarik dengan Laura (disamping karena penampilannya begitu berantakan dan lusuh juga sikap laura yang sangat tidak ramah)kemudian karena adanya tekanan dari kakek Laura, Alessandro membawa Laura ke Roma, disana dia didandani sehingga menjadi cantik sam ...more
"The Italian`s Rags to Riches Wife" really humored me with an unique taste of trope-as i usually don`t get very excited by it.The Ugly Duckling who turns out to be a beautiful Swan.(not turns into it,as the hero begins to see the beauty in her when she choose to).

A very charming romantic tale that leaves unforgotten,and not bad for being my very first book by the popular Harlequin Author Julia James.

Laura Stowe grew up thinking herself unattractive as everyone around her made it blunt for her.Al
Jul 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was unusually tame for a Julia James book. No real drama or angst. And, as another reviewer said, the H seemed to detest the h until she transformed to a bombshell!
Plus all the inner monologues made the book boring.
Nancy Bowman
It was...

I liked the story line. It was a good one to read but I did not care for the style it was written. It is hard to explain...the style was just off for me. However, I still enjoyed it.
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leído el 26/08/2011
She is basically a farm hand in her english farm estate. He arrives during the night in a rain storm where she is all muddy and wet. She gets make over at a spa Allesandro di Vincenzo is a perfect male specimen. There's no woman he can't have--until Laura Stowe crosses his path.Laura is plain, poor and hides behind her homely appearance to avoid getting close to people.But Allesandro needs her family connections to open the door to ultimate corporate power. So he must woo the ugly duckling into ...more
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