One Summer in Rome

Written by Samantha Tonge


To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.





Warm and Wonderful!   5 stars


Oh, how I’ve enjoyed my trip to Italy whilst reading this novel; I feel as if I’ve been kissed by the Italian sun and I most definitely have a hankering for authentic pizza!

Mary Smith has nothing keeping her in the UK. As an orphan with no family whatsoever, her friend Jill makes her realise that she has no real reason to continue being the whipping boy for her boss Brenda. So, with a little more Jill-like encouragement, Mary finds herself travelling to Rome to spend the summer waitressing in a pizzeria. Whilst romance is off the cards for Mary following her last relationship, living with a family is a new experience for her, and one she is ready to embrace. But is there such a thing as a perfect family?

This is a warm and wonderful read. I particularly liked the kindness which oozes out of the character of Mary – I’m a true believer in kindness being the most important trait a person can have and it’s a joy to find someone displaying it in a story. There is a great mix of characters, all beautifully created with their own personalities and problems. Bit by bit, things are brought out into the open giving this novel a real-life vibe. There is so much to discover in this delicious read … sounds, scents and smells contributing to the overall images which the writing provokes. I’ve never really come across any explanation about the use of crystals before either, but find my interest piqued enough to do a little research on my own. Without any doubt, this is a five star read and one I’m very happy to recommend.

My sincere thanks to publishers HQ Digital for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com, Italy


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1205 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital
  • Publication Date: 9 May 2018
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Meet the Author


41iQ3H48F1L._SY200_Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing women’s fiction is her passion.

Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women’s magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from HarperCollins (CarinaUK), bestselling “Doubting Abbey”, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic Ebook award, 2014. The bestselling summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category. It reached the Top Ten of the UK Kindle chart, as did her summer 2016 novel, Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun. Her latest romance, One Summer in Rome, is out May 2018!


2 thoughts on “One Summer in Rome

  1. I agree with you about kindness being an important character trait. We can certainly use a lot more of it in this world.

    Great review!! Not sure about the crystals though. 🤔


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