Release Date: February 18th, 2011
Page Count: 204Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!!!)
What Stephanie Thought: I once again, received the opportunity to review another title by a British author and sure wasn't let down!When Charlotte is sent by her boss to deliver a wedding cake to Turin little does she know what she will be letting herself in for. Torn between feelings for her boyfriend and a new man that she meets at the airport, she embarks on a journey of hilarious situations, finding herself mixing with the rich and famous and the Italian Mafia. Charlotte has to decide just how much she is prepared to do for love but does the man she love truly love her? Charley's journey to find love is both hilarious and touching.
Wedding Cake to Turin is absolutely adorable. Both the scenarios and speculations of Charley are laugh-out-loud-worthy and in the most delightful way. The wacky situation—having to deliver a wedding cake to Italy?—and Lynda Renham's simple, but to-the-point writing style both contribute to my fondness of this novel. Maybe it's just me, but I think British people have such a cute way of observing things; even their swear words are cuter than ours! I say fuck, you say bugger! So precious.
The main dispute of Charley's story is centered around her incredibly charming but incredibly douche-bag boyfriend, Nigel—whom she discovers, is cheating on her with her best friend, Sam. Make that ex-best friend, Sam. With a freshly wounded heart and the determination to not let it ruin her completely, she enthusiastically accepts an offer from Nigel who—oh yeah, is also her boss—to accompany a very expensive and very important celebrity wedding cake to Turin.
It's only her luck to get tangled into a Mafia theft in the process, as well as involved with the sultry and charismatic Michael Carlotta. Charley's mishaps, whether they happen at her cozy flat in England, or the chic urban streets of Turin, are cringe-worthy and totally hysterical, as well as completely moving and honest. A lot of the situations seem unrealistic, but that's what makes them so funny. Very Bridget Jones-esque in style, but set in a scenario where things actually happen, Wedding Cake to Turin is a definite winner that will leave you with a smile on your face by the time you've flipped the last page.
Stephanie Loves: "'This is Francesca; she is like a mama to me. Cooks and cleans, how do you call this in England?' asks Michael.
'Slavery,' I joke.
They both stare at me and I blush profusely."