The theme can be summed up by the Italian phrase frequently used in the story, Finche c’e vita c’e speranza: As long as there is life, there is hope. Told in the first person, we get the unique perspective of Bella, a young woman trying to find her own place in the world without leaving the safety net of family. Repeatedly, the author sets up scenes that allow God to show up in the midst of a family who loves deeply, and Bella struggles to claim the new opportunities being given to her.
Overall this book is immensely entertaining and has a couple of subplots that help the lulls in the main romance. Characters grab hold of the chance to broaden their perspective without compromising values, and you walk away feeling like the story is complete, in spite of knowing this is just the first book in a series.
I highly recommend this book to those who love contemporary romance, comedy, or just gaining insight on another culture.
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