Rome in Love | ARC Review

Title: Rome in Love

Author: Anita Hughes

Genre: Contemporary, Retelling

Publication Date: August 4, 2015



From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months. 
Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble. 
While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

So basically, it’s a retelling of Roman Holiday about a remake of Roman Holiday.
There’s a whole lot of Roman Holiday.

It was a good story, but it wasn’t great. There wasn’t enough thickness of plot, it was all too simple to me. I feel like retelling a should have resemblance to the original, but there should be more dimension, more intrigue. If anything, it felt like this book almost had less.

The writing was whimsical, I did enjoy it. It was a fairly well-written book, but it wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t the kind of writing that kept me up all night. The strong point in the writing was the descriptions, which certainly were sensory.

This book did have a good start. But as it continued, I felt less and less attached to the characters and plot.

One part of this book I loved were the Audrey Hepburn letters. They were so charming and lovely, they added so much to the story!

I enjoyed some parts of this book, but for me it was mostly just okay.