This wonderful story set in Rome by Nicky Pelligrino is enjoyable reading. I loved the descriptive writing of the streets of Rome. The fountains, the squares, the coffee bars and ice cream parlours.
This story of a woman, Seraphina, who was brought up in Rome with her three sisters by her mother is a fascinating tale where she eventually works in the Maria Lanza house-hold and befriends his wife, Betty, during their stay in the villa in Rome, where the house-hold was based.
It is also a tale of romance and the beauty of romantic meetings by the Trevi Fountain in the hot Rome sunshine with the cooling spray of the fountains and the tourists mingled and listened to the young street singers, including Seraphina’s sister, Carmela, who dreams of being a singer. A charm of the story is the nostalgia of the setting in 1950’s Rome, which is described s as wonderful place to be during these years.
This story which is twinged with sadness regarding Maria Lanza and his wife and their tribulations and troubles is also enhanced by the high points of the story with celebrations and happy holidays with the Lanza family. This book is well recommended and seemed very authentic of the times and the people, the staff at the villa, Seraphina’s own family in Rome and the beauty of the times.
I have previously enjoyed reading The Gypsy Tearoom by Nicky Pellegrino which is also published under the title of Summer at the Villa Rosa and now look forward to reading another book by the same author, The Villa Girls.