Title: All The Way To Heaven
Author: Becky Doughty
Published Date: 11/02/2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she’s been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early—a trip to Tuscany—but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.
When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family’s country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it’s been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.
Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.
Although All the Way to Heaven is a stand-alone novel, it is the first book in The Fallout Series, a collection of sweet contemporary romances that follow characters featured in the first book.
Ani has come to Italy to heal a broken heart after learning the man she thought she loved was indeed married with a family. She plans on a pleasant stay in Tuscany, but things go wrong as soon as she gets to Pisa and boards the wrong train. After finding the right one, she thinks things will be ok from then on.
On the train she meets glaces with a brooding young man, who then moves seats as if avoiding her. When arriving at the train station, he is there and insists on waiting until she is picked up so she is not alone in the dark. They part ways and Ani can’t help but be glad.
Starting off her stay the next day with a bicycle ride sounds just right. Until she crashes into a little girl and breaks her leg, gets her purse stolen and doesn’t know what to do. Then the man from the train comes, Paulo, to her rescue and he is still not to Ani’s liking.
The accident has helped with one thing. Ani has made friends. And at the insistence of the doctor who cared for her, Cosi, she goes to stay at his family’s olive oil mill. The doctor’s family is caring and gracious. And Ani is quite taken with the doctor as well. Until Paulo enters the picture again. Ani isn’t sure who to give her heart to and by the end of her trip, and this book, Ani has learned a lot from her stay in Tuscany.
This was an excellent read! It’s sweet, romantic, funny. The characters are so down to earth and Ani’s problems are ones I am sure we have all felt at one time or another in our lives. Cosi seems to be all Ani has hoped for, until he isn’t. Paulo is kind of stand offish until you get to know him. Cosi’s family, Claudia, Franco and Isa are so generous and caring. And I love Madalina, the saucy Romanian woman from the bakery Ani was staying above. She is funny and sure of herself. A definite must read for people who love romance.
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