You know that old saying about not judging a book by its cover? Well, when I first saw this book and read the back cover I thought it would be terrible. Okay, maybe terrible isn’t the right word, but I didn’t think it would be the book for me. However, I remembered that I shouldn’t judge, so I decided to search for it on Goodreads. After discovering an average review of over four stars I reassessed and made the decision to give it a try. Now, in general I am all for trying new things and going outside your comfort soon, but I do regret reading this book.
Here’s the thing, this book isn’t terrible – but it certainly isn’t good. There are too many characters, the plot jumps around far too much, the pacing was ridiculously inconsistent, and there were far too many subplots. Some novels manage to make this work, but I really don’t think that Montague managed to pull it off with An Italian Affair.
One major issue I had with this book was that it felt far too formulaic. The dialogue felt forced for much of the novel, which really bothered me. It did not feel authentic in any way. Another issue was it felt like the author tried to fit too many things into one novel. I found the stories of some of the characters great, but because there were so many characters most did not get the attention which I felt that they deserved. I would have loved to read more about some of the more minor characters.
That being said, Montague’s writing was great at times. If she does publish another book, I am willing to give her a second chance.
Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to know in the comments below.