Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Her eyes are opened by the unconventional characters she meets at the Pension Bertolini: flamboyant romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, curious Mr Emerson and, most of all, his passionate son George.
Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Edwardian England, personified in her terminally dull fiancé Cecil Vyse. Will she ever learn to follow her own heart?
Published Edition: September 2012
Publishers: Penguin Books
Format of Reading: Paperback
Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
I read this book in a day, recently I have been trying to attempt to read for 24 hours but I have been doing it gradually because I tend to get distracted a lot. But I spent a day reading this book and I thought the book was pretty good, just not for me.
I was frustrated with the main character, Lucy. Lucy is this young woman who follows along the rules of society like everyone else but she is interested in the big wide world, or window, and during her trip around Italy she opens herself up to see the beauty of the country, the people and even the locals. Lucy struggles to decide as to how to choose to love either her head by following her mother and other family member’s wishes or follow her heart and choose love. Honestly, I wished that it didn’t have to take Lucy until the final chapter to decide. She mentions a lot about being selfish and the choice of who to go for and it frustrated me.
I don’t really have much to say. This book was good, the storytelling was good, the characters were funny and there was a large window.
Although I did find it funny how I immediately thought back to Gilmore Girls (I always think about Gilmore Girls) when Rory comes home from her European trip with Emily in Season 5 and Rory decided to show Lorelai home videos which turned out to be A Room With A View with Helen Bonam-Carter and Maggie Smith.
Happy Reading xx