Full of mouth-watering flavours, sunshine and escapist adventure, The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop will delight fans of Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop as well as drawing in new readers with a taste for sweet treats and romance.
Anna and her husband Matteo are preparing to embark on a delicious Italian adventure. After a year and a half running their ice cream shop on Brighton beach and raising their baby Isabella, Matteo is starting to miss Italy. A shared passion for ices means it’s easy to settle on a new business idea – they’ll open a sorbet shop on the town’s cobbled square, a short walk from the sparkling blue sea. For a while, life is sweet; but then Matteo’s overbearing family get involved…
Anna’s younger sister Imogen has settled in Brighton running Vivien’s Ice Cream Shop with boyfriend Finn, and for the first time in her life, she’s enjoying putting down some roots. But then, late in the summer, things start to change and her willpower is put to the test…
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Before reading this book, I’ve only read one of Ms Clements’ works, but it was a short Christmas story which was not enough to convince me of her writing abilities. However, once I got the opportunity to review this book, a proper full length novel, I jumped at the chance. ‘The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop’ is actually the sequel of ‘Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop’, however it can definitely be read as a stand alone as it has enough references to the first book to keep you from getting lost. I actually have yet to read the first part, and after reading this book I’ll sure try to bump it up on my reading list.
‘The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop’ is the perfect summer read. It’s sweet and delicious, just like all the ice creams mentioned in this book. It’s a wonderful, warm story about family, romance with a bit of mystery involved. In a way, it does stand out form the other chick lits and summer reads, not only cause of the gorgeous cover, but also because of the mystery element which perfectly fitted the story. Don’t get me wrong, the mystery part is not something sinister and there’s nothing that shocking, however for a chick lit it definitely had its impact on the story’s pace.
As in the first book, the story is centered around Anna and Imogen, two sisters who’ve inherited their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour. Anna and Imogen are so different, while Anna (now a mother) is realistic and a down-to-earth person, Imogen loves her photography and traveling the world. I really loved how Ms Clements managed to portray so beautifully these two different characters, who are exact opposites yet they have such a beautiful relationship and strong bond.
I also loved Anna’s relationship with her husband, Matteo and how she supports him and feels his pain for being so far from home. Moving to Italy was not easy, especially with a very demanding mother-in-law, so I think some women will easily relate to Anna and all the stuff she’s going through after moving to Italy.
This book was so easy to read, I love Ms Clements easy to understand writing and the way she describes the scenery and what her characters feel and are going through. I really felt like I was involved in these characters’ lives, and I was sad when I finish it and had to say good bye to them. It also helped that I could relate to both Anna and Imogen. There are times that I would definitely react like Anna, analyzing every aspect of a situation till deciding what to do, and yet sometimes I would listen to my gut and live life to the fullest just like Imogen. Even Matteo’s mother who’s such a pain was a nice addition to the cast. Thank god my mother-in-law is not like that, but still it was fun reading about her and some situations made me laugh out loud.
Overall, this was such a charming, delightful, delicious read. Perfect for the beach or for curling up on the sofa after a hard day at work. It reads so easy, you’ll probably end up finishing it in a day or two. I wish there were more shocking revelations, however even without them the story works and keeps you turning the pages. I will definitely read more of Ms Clements’ books and totally recommend this book to all chick lit and ice cream lovers.
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My rating: 8/10