Picking up a new Chrissie Manby book is like meeting up with a really good friend that you haven’t seen for ages. You know pretty much all of their best stories but its still an absolute pleasure.
Kathy Courage is in Italy for her boyfriend’s brother’s wedding. Neil is being his usual ebullient and rather rude self and paying little or no attention to what Kathy wants. She is within spitting distance of visiting the city she has dreamt of all her life – her middle name is Florence. Naturally it is a tense and anxious time travelling with Neil’s selfish and grumpy teenage children but Kathy spends her time smoothing things over and giving up on what she wants.
When a flight mix up by Neil’s PA leaves Kathy alone in Florence for a couple of days it is the perfect time to realise her dreams and see all the beautiful art and architecture that she has been missing out on. As fate would have it she starts to realise that she has been missing out on a whole lot more and has just been “settling” for Neil because he was steady and dependable despite all his other atrocious qualities.
Manby’s descriptions of Florence and its inhabitants makes you want to book a flight on the next plane out there. You get a real sense of the history, the architecture and even the feel of the sunlight on the old stone. Truly beautiful.
Three Days in Florence is a perfect holiday read – a feel good story with an amazing setting and interesting characters. Give it a go – you’ll meet a new friend!
Supplied by Net Galley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Jul 11 2019. 352 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.