Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop – by Abby Clements

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Full of mouth-watering flavours, sunshine and escapist adventure, The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop will delight fans of Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop as well as drawing in new readers with a taste for sweet treats and romance.
Anna and her husband Matteo are preparing to embark on a delicious Italian adventure. After a year and a half running their ice cream shop on Brighton beach and raising their baby Isabella, Matteo is starting to miss Italy. A shared passion for ices means it's easy to settle on a new business idea - they'll open a sorbet shop on the town's cobbled square, a short walk from the sparkling blue sea. For a while, life is sweet; but then Matteo's overbearing family get involved…
Anna's younger sister Imogen has settled in Brighton running Vivien's Ice Cream Shop with boyfriend Finn, and for the first time in her life, she's enjoying putting down some roots. But then, late in the summer, things start to change and her willpower is put to the test…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop was my first book by Abby. I haven’t read Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop, but I was really excited about this one. First of all only the sound of Italy is great and the blurb is wonderful.

The book starts with Matteo and Anna welcoming their beautiful daugther Isabella into their lives. They are happy in Brighton, managing Vivien’s shop, but Matteo misses Italy. They talk and yes Anna will miss her family, but they give it a try. They rent a little shop in Sorrento and decide to spend their summer there. Bella is their cute little sunhine, I loved her immediately. I also think that Matteo and Anna had something really special, a great chemistry and sweet moments. An important point I really liked about their relationship is that they talked, shared their thought and were honest with each other. In Italy they are joined by Matteo’s mother Elisa, she decides to leave Siena and help them. Her definition of help is a bit unique though and Anna really struggles with her. I was happy that she had Carolina, Matteo’s sister there. They women talked and were there with each other.

Imogen is Anna’s sister. She’s a photographer and full of passion. She loved to travel and now finally seems to settle with her boyfriend Finn. But somehow she is not happy. When the opportunity to go to Italy and visit her sister comes up, she takes it. She enjoys her time down there and when she meets an old flame her future is in question.

These two were great together, wonderful sisters with a great bond. They also had a little mystery to solve, connected to Vivien and their friend Evie and a special someone down in Italy. There was some drama going on, included in a gripping and unique way. The story talks about family, ice cream, romance and passion.

I liked that the chapters alternated in perspectives, Imogen and Anna took turns and it was great to have insight to both of them. Everything was still connected in this beautiful storyline.

Abby Clements is a wonderfully talented author, who captures feelings and the setting of a story beautifully. Her writing is gripping, full of love and sweetness. I definitely wanna read Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop now and I think we are not done here, I need to hear more about Finn & Imogen and Matteo & Anna still haven’t made a proper decision of where they wanna live.

I beautiful written story, with amazing characters and lots of heart!!!


My possible cast:

Anna: Minka Kelly

Imogen: Jenna Coleman

Matteo: Raoul Bova

Finn: Luke Mably

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds so amazing!! I'll have to check it out!