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Fresh out of college, Carter Quinn has returned to his home in North Providence, Rhode Island, unsure of just about everything except his plans to go to Italy and pursue the woman of his dreams. To do that, he needs to learn to speak Italian, and only one man is right for the job--Giancarlo Rosa. . .if Carter can survive him.
Giancarlo is nobody's fool. The middle-aged music professor does offer Italian lessons, but only to those who are truly motivated. If Carter wants to learn, he will have to prove himself: lessons three times a week, hours of studying, strict discipline. And there will be no questions about the professor's life--why he hasn't written music in years, why he lives alone, and why he left his homeland in the first place. Carter may see Italy as a land of romance, but Giancarlo knows just what disappointments and betrayals live under the Abruzzo sky. What begins as an apparent mismatch between mentor and student soon blossoms into something deeper--a friendship that carries them into the old country, where forgotten secrets may hold the key to a new lease on life.
Now, in a land of sun, wine, new romance and old wounds, two men will embark on separate, unpredictable journeys that will take them deep into the untraveled places of the heart where everything must be learned. . .
Praise for the Novels of Peter Pezzelli
"Home cooking, good pasta and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story."
"Filled with warmth and humor, Pezzelli's latest novel entices. Readers won't want to put down this richly detailed novel."
"A sweet, brave, and funny novel--with a heart as big as the entire state of Rhode Island."
--Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs
Home To Italy
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"A beautiful novel. . .Peter Pezzelli captures the warmth of Italy--family, friendships, and food--invites us into the world of his wonderful characters, and takes us full circle on a journey of life and love."
--Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
"Bighearted and wise, Home to Italy is a charming ode to the romance of new beginnings and the Italian gusto for life."
--Louisa Ermelino, author of Joey Dee Gets Wise
"A warmhearted novel, perfect for an autumn evening in front of the fire."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 43.
- Review Date: 2007-08-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Pezzelli (Francesca’s Kitchen; Every Sunday; etc.), brings his fans a light if sometimes trite story of two lovelorn men who form an unlikely friendship. Recent college graduate Carter Quinn has fallen in love with Elena, a beautiful woman with whom he has had little more than a conversation in which he learned she was from a small town in Italy. Carter has the somewhat unrealistic dream of traveling to Italy to pursue his newfound love. Not knowing the language, Carter turns to Giancarlo Rosa, a local music professor in Providence, R.I., for private Italian lessons, though Giancarlo is leery of taking on Quinn as a student. He does, of course, and Giancarlo’s broken heart—the result of a long-ago betrayal—begins slowly to mend itself. After a summer of intense study, Quinn leaves for Italy, and Giancarlo wonders whether he should again allow himself to love. Pezzelli makes readers want to believe in love at first sight, and his earnest storytelling should win over its share of readers. (Oct.)