My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Italian Party is a fun, witty, and entertaining cinematic story that I really enjoyed reading. Jennifer who was reading this one with me pulled me into a coulee with her and I was really glad I decided to join her. What a nice pleasant change of pace this one was. Without her, I would have missed out on such a fun read done on the lighter side with some serious subjects to make this an interesting story.
Christina Lynch does a great job creating interesting characters here with young American newlyweds Scottie and Michael. They arrive in Siena both carrying their own secrets from each other that complicated their relationship. I loved seeing things from Scottie’s innocent way of looking at the world and it was very refreshing. They are well developed and I enjoyed following along with them as they grow and learn more about themselves and each other.
Christina Lynch does a fanatic job adding depth to the story by adding some interesting subplots and interesting Italian characters that felt like I was in a coulee in Italy. I enjoyed this one from start to finish I highly recommend.
Review by Brenda
Publication date March 20, 2018
Thank you, NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Christina Lynch for a copy to read and review.
4 adventurous spy stars with a side of Italy!
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 from a historical perspective. What I found most entertaining and interesting were the food references, as well as the humor.
Overall, the stunning landscape combined with the compelling time in history made this a satisfying read.
Thank you to Christina Lynch, St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley for the copy to review.