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It’s never too late to fall in love… so the saying goes, but Anna King is not having a bar of it. Not after a holiday romance went all wrong thirty years ago. Her career, her beautiful home, and most of all her twins are all she wants and needs nowadays. Who needs a man, right? Not this well respected Auckland lawyer. Vineyard owner Antonio Falcone has only one goal. Fly It’s never too late to fall in love… so the saying goes, but Anna King is not having a bar of it. Not after a holiday romance went all wrong thirty years ago. Her career, her beautiful home, and most of all her twins are all she wants and needs nowadays. Who needs a man, right? Not this well respected Auckland lawyer. Vineyard owner Antonio Falcone has only one goal. Fly to Auckland, help his elderly father getting divorced, and zap back home in time for the harvest. That’s it. Women? No, no, amore mio, not for this charming Italian. Once bitten, twice shy. But when the past catches up with them things unravel with lightning speed, and some nasty people raise their heads. And Tuscany? Oh, yes… Tuscany… rolling hills, azure-blue skies, full-bodied wine, delicious food, and a love that will succeed. well, you just have to go and read the story! Get ready for a journey that takes you from Auckland, New Zealand into the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Click the button and get your copy THE GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES is about Anna, A Tuscan Affair, Thea, A Case For Love, Claudia, Daring To Love, and Christine, Tides Of Love, as their settled lives suddenly spin out of control. Rather than preparing for their retirement, these Fifty-Somethings refuse to sit back and grow old quietly even if that means they might lose their hearts… all over again. In each book of the series, one of the friends faces her challenges and shows she is far from being done yet and the men who cross their paths better look out!


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It’s never too late to fall in love… so the saying goes, but Anna King is not having a bar of it. Not after a holiday romance went all wrong thirty years ago. Her career, her beautiful home, and most of all her twins are all she wants and needs nowadays. Who needs a man, right? Not this well respected Auckland lawyer. Vineyard owner Antonio Falcone has only one goal. Fly It’s never too late to fall in love… so the saying goes, but Anna King is not having a bar of it. Not after a holiday romance went all wrong thirty years ago. Her career, her beautiful home, and most of all her twins are all she wants and needs nowadays. Who needs a man, right? Not this well respected Auckland lawyer. Vineyard owner Antonio Falcone has only one goal. Fly to Auckland, help his elderly father getting divorced, and zap back home in time for the harvest. That’s it. Women? No, no, amore mio, not for this charming Italian. Once bitten, twice shy. But when the past catches up with them things unravel with lightning speed, and some nasty people raise their heads. And Tuscany? Oh, yes… Tuscany… rolling hills, azure-blue skies, full-bodied wine, delicious food, and a love that will succeed. well, you just have to go and read the story! Get ready for a journey that takes you from Auckland, New Zealand into the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Click the button and get your copy THE GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES is about Anna, A Tuscan Affair, Thea, A Case For Love, Claudia, Daring To Love, and Christine, Tides Of Love, as their settled lives suddenly spin out of control. Rather than preparing for their retirement, these Fifty-Somethings refuse to sit back and grow old quietly even if that means they might lose their hearts… all over again. In each book of the series, one of the friends faces her challenges and shows she is far from being done yet and the men who cross their paths better look out!

30 review for A Tuscan Affair: It's never too late to fall in love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi James

    "You said you were losing yourself in our relationship. Maybe it's the other way around, and you're finding parts of yourself you buried a long time ago." Anna King, a hard-charging Aucklund attorney with twin grown children never thought romance was possible . . . again. But when the long-ago Italian love-and-lover walks into her office out of the blue, a new world filled with love against a Tuscan backdrop will open up to her, if only she lets it. And unbeknownst to the dashing Antonio Falcone, "You said you were losing yourself in our relationship. Maybe it's the other way around, and you're finding parts of yourself you buried a long time ago." Anna King, a hard-charging Aucklund attorney with twin grown children never thought romance was possible . . . again. But when the long-ago Italian love-and-lover walks into her office out of the blue, a new world filled with love against a Tuscan backdrop will open up to her, if only she lets it. And unbeknownst to the dashing Antonio Falcone, this lost love has been harboring a secret for over twenty years -- one that will turn his own world into a topsy-turvy tailspin that can only mean that the moon hit his eye like a big pizza pie ~ it's amore! Touted as a Golden Girls Series, I consider this more of a suspenseful and sweet second-chancer set in one of the most romantic settings in the world. And as much as Anna is a strong MC, Antonio is both brave and teddy-bearish, making him an utterly adorable hero.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    I read this book a while back and gave it a somewhat negative review. Good story, I said, but it was a poor translation into English. Recently the author contacted me. She had it re-edited, and invited me to take another look. I did, and it's 100% better. Thanks to Ms. Frerichs for the opportunity to visit once again with Anna, Tony, and their friends and family in two beautiful settings (Italy and New Zealand). Here is the old review: I really wanted to like this book, because I so want to read I read this book a while back and gave it a somewhat negative review. Good story, I said, but it was a poor translation into English. Recently the author contacted me. She had it re-edited, and invited me to take another look. I did, and it's 100% better. Thanks to Ms. Frerichs for the opportunity to visit once again with Anna, Tony, and their friends and family in two beautiful settings (Italy and New Zealand). Here is the old review: I really wanted to like this book, because I so want to read romance and mainstream fiction featuring older people. In that sense, this book has much to recommend it, in particular the attraction between the two mains, and their sexual chemistry. The setting is lovely, and the cover is beautiful...(and) a neat premise.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Arti

    I really enjoyed the story which portrays mature romance and some suspense. Having read about Anna’s pregnancy in Falling in Love, a prequel to this Golden Girls series. I loved the characters, Anna, Kiara, Lucca and Christine and the Falcone men, Roberto, Antonio and Francesco. I loved the relationship that Kiara and Lucca share with Anna’s best friends. The story is evenly paced with excellent descriptions of places and people. The story has family, friendship, love, drama, suspense and second I really enjoyed the story which portrays mature romance and some suspense. Having read about Anna’s pregnancy in Falling in Love, a prequel to this Golden Girls series. I loved the characters, Anna, Kiara, Lucca and Christine and the Falcone men, Roberto, Antonio and Francesco. I loved the relationship that Kiara and Lucca share with Anna’s best friends. The story is evenly paced with excellent descriptions of places and people. The story has family, friendship, love, drama, suspense and second chances. There is also a lot of food and wine, why not, we are in Tuscany. A little bit of editing would make it better. Though this book is the first book in a four book series, Stories of four best friends, it can be read as a standalone. Waiting to read the next book in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    wanda bullard

    Love the story and the characters. Amazing how fate can work even years after. Don’t want to spoil it but surprised at the ending

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill Murphy

    Women, not Stereotypes Finally, a love story about young hearts in mature bodies. I enjoyed reading this well-written story that captured both my heart and my imagination. How nice to see older women presented as humans, not just aunties or grannies.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    What a wonderful book! A nice story line with a few surprises along the way. There's a diverse set of "stick together" friends, and more kids, expected and unexpected than you can count! What a wonderful story about the family connection in all its forms, and a believability about second chances. Thank you for allowing me to be a Goodreads winner and allowing me to review this book. What a wonderful book! A nice story line with a few surprises along the way. There's a diverse set of "stick together" friends, and more kids, expected and unexpected than you can count! What a wonderful story about the family connection in all its forms, and a believability about second chances. Thank you for allowing me to be a Goodreads winner and allowing me to review this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    The author is a friend of a friend. So it was for this reason I persevered for as long as I could, I wanted to like it, I just couldn't keep reading. After reading the authors note I get what she was trying to do. She wanted a romance that wasn't all about youth and promise, she wanted to show that older women are sexy, valuable members of society and are not dry old hags destined for the shelf. Laudable intentions only as I got further and further into it, it was making me cringe. In the end I The author is a friend of a friend. So it was for this reason I persevered for as long as I could, I wanted to like it, I just couldn't keep reading. After reading the authors note I get what she was trying to do. She wanted a romance that wasn't all about youth and promise, she wanted to show that older women are sexy, valuable members of society and are not dry old hags destined for the shelf. Laudable intentions only as I got further and further into it, it was making me cringe. In the end I read chunks to see what happened and to be able to say I'd finished. As a first novel, big ups for following your passion, sadly it didn't work for me, it felt formulaic, forced and shallow. I have read far too many, Trollope's, Berg's, Miller's and Tyler's to be able to stomach beautiful, intelligent creatures with money, status and way too much cliché. Perhaps if I hadn't just finished a sensational first novel and an amazing memoir by Susan Faludi I may have been less critical, but I think not.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Italy, New Zealand and wine, what could be better than that? Throw in a second chance romance, friends, family and deceit leading to danger and you have quite the story. I loved Anna and Tony. It was sad that someone worked against them being together when they were younger. When they meet again, Anna is full of mixed emotions and there is a lot on the line. Lucca, Kyra and Roberto were wonderful and Anna's girlfriends were the kind of life long friends we all wish we could have. Louisa put a sm Italy, New Zealand and wine, what could be better than that? Throw in a second chance romance, friends, family and deceit leading to danger and you have quite the story. I loved Anna and Tony. It was sad that someone worked against them being together when they were younger. When they meet again, Anna is full of mixed emotions and there is a lot on the line. Lucca, Kyra and Roberto were wonderful and Anna's girlfriends were the kind of life long friends we all wish we could have. Louisa put a smile on my face and she had such a good heart. The descriptions of the Tuscan region of Italy took me back there for a brief time and at one point there was a comparison between the scenery of Italy and of New Zealand. They are my two favorite countries to visit but there is definitely a different feel between the two. So, the story, the characters and the countries were all superb in this book which made it an outstanding read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Lusty Literarians

    A Tuscan Affair was a breath of fresh air in terms of romance books that I have read recently. Anna King is a well established middle aged woman who doesn't need a man to make her feel as if her life is complete or has meaning. She is thoroughly comfortable with her life and where it is at her age. She is a thriving lawyer with great friends and two full grown children. But you know that saying, "a ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"? Yeah, that ship would be Anna. A Tuscan Affair was a breath of fresh air in terms of romance books that I have read recently. Anna King is a well established middle aged woman who doesn't need a man to make her feel as if her life is complete or has meaning. She is thoroughly comfortable with her life and where it is at her age. She is a thriving lawyer with great friends and two full grown children. But you know that saying, "a ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"? Yeah, that ship would be Anna. Comfortable is fine, but pardon the pun, sometimes you need to rock the boat a little. Enter Antonio Falcone, a man from Anna's past who happens to uproot her present. He is just the thing to sweep her off her feet and make her realize that comfortable doesn't necessarily equal good. A Tuscan Affair is a charming second chance romance with mild drama. The descriptions of Italy, the scenery, people, food, towns etc are very detailed and wonderful. One small complaint is that the sex scenes are "fade to black", I only mention that in case that is a deal breaker for you. Overall I would recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet second chance romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Wonderful story but many editing errors I loved this story, my first book by this author. The author's writing drew me in right away with her lively and complete descriptions of both the characters and the scenes in Tuscany. The story line was well developed and moved along at a perfect pace. I instantly became of fan of all the lead characters and didn't want to stop reading. I wanted Anna to accept Tony and kept hoping she would come to see that he truly loved her and would make their relations Wonderful story but many editing errors I loved this story, my first book by this author. The author's writing drew me in right away with her lively and complete descriptions of both the characters and the scenes in Tuscany. The story line was well developed and moved along at a perfect pace. I instantly became of fan of all the lead characters and didn't want to stop reading. I wanted Anna to accept Tony and kept hoping she would come to see that he truly loved her and would make their relationship permanent. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. The only negative I have is that, even though this book was re-edited, it still has many, many errors in grammar and incorrect words, not including the Italians speaking broken English, which is expected.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Needs a tidy up. Great characters, great scenery, but the story packed some finesse, a final edit or proofread would fix that. The bones of the story is there, just needs a tidy up and polish. Anna is a kiwi girl, a lawyer, who raised two adult children on her own...well maybe with some help from her friends. Antonio is a blast from the past she wasn't expecting, and he opens up a Pandora box of secrets. From the bustling city of Auckland to the vineyards of Tuscany, the story unfolds with a slow an Needs a tidy up. Great characters, great scenery, but the story packed some finesse, a final edit or proofread would fix that. The bones of the story is there, just needs a tidy up and polish. Anna is a kiwi girl, a lawyer, who raised two adult children on her own...well maybe with some help from her friends. Antonio is a blast from the past she wasn't expecting, and he opens up a Pandora box of secrets. From the bustling city of Auckland to the vineyards of Tuscany, the story unfolds with a slow and steady pace.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    A lovely romantic story set in beautiful Tuscany. Can two people meet after 30 years of being apart? ? Can our heroine forget the man who is the father of her twins? Did he leave her without a word? Living in New Zealand, and working as a successful lawyer with three close girlfriends, and suddenly she must make a choice, staying n Italy to see if he is still the man of her dreams, or else return to her old life. A hard choice? Maybe not as hard as she thinks! A good story. Moral: it's never too A lovely romantic story set in beautiful Tuscany. Can two people meet after 30 years of being apart? ? Can our heroine forget the man who is the father of her twins? Did he leave her without a word? Living in New Zealand, and working as a successful lawyer with three close girlfriends, and suddenly she must make a choice, staying n Italy to see if he is still the man of her dreams, or else return to her old life. A hard choice? Maybe not as hard as she thinks! A good story. Moral: it's never too late to refind love!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    A Tuscan Affair They met over thirty years ago when she went to Italy as a student. Their time together was short. He left her without any way to get while of him. She went back to New Zealand but not alone. Now they meet again. She is a highly sought after legal attorney. But when he finds out that she had not one but two, twins, children of his he is in shock. This story is about a second chance but with a mix of suspense factor in.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Lyptus

    A bit of everything I enjoyed this book. It has a good story line with lots of twists and turns. It reflects on how age can change the way you respond to the same situation. It also shows that you take some things for granted but if you looked harder you would look at them very differently. I like the way Gudrun writes and puts the story puzzle together. It is not always obvious where the story is heading which stimulates the reader.

  15. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Loved This Story!! I absolutely enjoyed reading this second-chance romantic suspense story! The suspenseful storyline kept me on the edge of my seat—not wanting to put my “book” down for even a minute. You will be kept guessing as the mysteries are intriguing. You will also love the Tuscany setting that most of the story is set in. I totally look forward to reading the other stories in this series. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Lee

    Tuscany There is some beauty in this book and a bit of depth. I wish it had had more depth of characters and better proofing. It was a fast read. I was interested because of Tuscany and New Zealand. Not much was said of the latter, really.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice Wiki

    Frustrating beginning... This story had a frustrating beginning as the first 2-3 chapters kept on repeating. I do thank the writer for the premise of an older couple, but my frustration at the beginning of the story actually killed all my enthusiasm , hence the 3 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steve Bender

    a suspense romance with a love affair for Tuscany. An unmarried mother of thirty year old twins meets the father of her twins. She has not seen him since the night she got pregnant. There follows a story of what happened and trying to find out how their lives can once again connect. Nice read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Another great book from Frerichs! I love that her characters in this series are older & more mature. The settings are nice & the books are enjoyable. Looking forward to reading more from this series, as well as exploring her other works.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Ferrell

    Juvenile Was this written for 6th graders. The conversations between people were so trite it eventually just became annoying. Sorry, that’s my opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Pace

    Enjoy Liked it from the first sentence. There really wasn't much I did not like. Finished reading on Christmas night. A real gift. Enjoy Liked it from the first sentence. There really wasn't much I did not like. Finished reading on Christmas night. A real gift.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bhavini

    Awesome book to read! Engaging material Beautiful story and well described characters. It was so addicting I could leave it for another day after starting

  23. 5 out of 5

    Smitha Vasudevan

    Bringing up her twins would not have been possible for Anna as a single mother, without her closest friends, the other mummies for her children. But she is now a successful lawyer with an established practice, and her son Lucca is ready to take over the business when she is ready to hand it over. Her daughter is a successful heart surgeon in the making. Why would like want to sent her Antonio, the father of her twins, back her way thirty years too late? Unravelling a divorce, Anna stumbles into m Bringing up her twins would not have been possible for Anna as a single mother, without her closest friends, the other mummies for her children. But she is now a successful lawyer with an established practice, and her son Lucca is ready to take over the business when she is ready to hand it over. Her daughter is a successful heart surgeon in the making. Why would like want to sent her Antonio, the father of her twins, back her way thirty years too late? Unravelling a divorce, Anna stumbles into more than she had bargained for. Tony who wants to resume their relationship, her children who discover their new family, a feud that had gone on too long and a movie style finale. An average read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Penny Friday Baker

    This is a new Author of romance and definitely worth checking into. Her creativity is for us middle age folks who still like a good romance with a little mystery. It is by no means gaudy or over the top when it comes to the romance. This creation is set in Auckland New Zealand with an extended time in Italy. Such good groundwork of the characters and the locales. It is a fun read, some laughs, some heartstrings will be gently pulled and then there are second chances!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    2.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eunice Coorlas

    A great beach romance mystery read with a HEA ending.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Penny Friday-Baker

    This is my first time reading a book by this Author. It was fantastic. Reached and touched on all emotions....funny, laughter, tears, suspense/intrigue, loss and second chances!

  28. 5 out of 5

    aafrin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jo Ann Dyer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

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