Title: Lizzie & Dante
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Mary Bly (AKA Eloisa James)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: The Dial Press, June 1, 2021
Sexy Rating: 5 (behind closed doors)
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon:
On the heels of a difficult break-up and a devastating diagnosis, Shakespeare scholar Lizzie Delford decides to take one last lavish vacation on Elba, the sun-kissed island off the Italian coast, with her best friend and his movie-star boyfriend. Once settled into a luxurious seaside resort, Lizzie has to make big decisions about her future, and she needs the one thing she may be running out of: time.
She leaves the yacht owners and celebrities behind and sneaks off to the public beach, where she meets a sardonic chef named Dante, his battered dog, Lily, and his wry daughter, Etta, a twelve-year-old desperate for a mother. While Dante shows Lizzie the island’s secrets, and Etta dazzles with her irreverent humor, Lizzie is confronted with a dilemma. Is it right to fall in love if time is short? Is it better to find a mother briefly, or to have no mother at all? And most pressingly, are the delicacies of life worth tasting, even if you will get to savor them only for a short while?
A luscious story of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for.
This is such a heartwarming read. I loved every minute of Lizzie’s Elba vacation. Dante was romantic, Etta was preteen precocious, Rohan was movie star hunky, Grey was loving and loveable, Ruby was …well just Ruby. Lizzie must decide if she will fight on or give in. We the reader hope she will fight and we cheer at Dante and Etta’s affect on her spirit. There can be no better place to fall in love than an island in the Mediterranean during summer.
This is well written and I expected no less from an accomplished English professor. The feel of time and place is felt in each paragraph. Summer, sand, sun, wine, gourmet food , landscape, unpretentious food , friends, family and Love. If I have any one thing I did not like it would be that I found the Epilogue unnecessary. I would have preferred to make up my own epilogue.