‘To my niece I leave the Ferrari GT250… On the proviso that she takes it across Europe to Maranello within the next three weeks. Only on successful completion of the journey to a prescribed route, will the car be hers…’
Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.
Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.
But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…
I finished the book wondering if it was feasible to take my Mini Cooper S on a road trip through Europe! Jules brings the scenery and towns villages to life with wonderful descriptions - I could almost smell them! I love the way Jules writes - it is light and funny but she gets emotions across well.
In order to inherit her late uncle's classic car, his will dictates that Laurie must drive it through Europe to Italy. She is to accompanied by Cam who, unbeknown to Laurie, has first refusal if she decides to sell the car. The first part of the journey is taken up with Cam's tactics to try and make her hate the car. They don't work! The rest of the book is about their deepening friendship.
Laurie has a difficult relationship with her mother and once we meet her, it is easy to see why. I couldn't stand her! Full marks to Jules for getting her personality over so well, she was really obnoxious!
I really hope that this book is the first of a series!
I was given an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Amazon UK: From Italy With Love
Amazon US: From Italy With Love