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Charlie's world comes crashing down when her fianc� leaves her for another woman. Then Aunt Della wins a trip for two to Rome. Maybe Italy can cure her broken heart? Charlie and Aunt Della board the tour bus in Rome and meet a fun and diverse group of travelers. Rocco, the tour guide, is particularly attractive. Charlie isn't the only one who thinks so. The bus driver, Ton Charlie's world comes crashing down when her fianc� leaves her for another woman. Then Aunt Della wins a trip for two to Rome. Maybe Italy can cure her broken heart? Charlie and Aunt Della board the tour bus in Rome and meet a fun and diverse group of travelers. Rocco, the tour guide, is particularly attractive. Charlie isn't the only one who thinks so. The bus driver, Tony, is also her age. They become friends and explore sites together. Charlie quickly falls in love with Italy. Who needs romance when you have Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast? But with adventure comes danger in the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Charlie wanders from the group and is mugged. She chases the thief who stole her purse into the far reaches of the ruins. Lost and alone, Charlie finds courage she never knew she had. Physical courage is one thing, but will she risk falling in love again? Anything's possible in The Italian Cure.


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Charlie's world comes crashing down when her fianc� leaves her for another woman. Then Aunt Della wins a trip for two to Rome. Maybe Italy can cure her broken heart? Charlie and Aunt Della board the tour bus in Rome and meet a fun and diverse group of travelers. Rocco, the tour guide, is particularly attractive. Charlie isn't the only one who thinks so. The bus driver, Ton Charlie's world comes crashing down when her fianc� leaves her for another woman. Then Aunt Della wins a trip for two to Rome. Maybe Italy can cure her broken heart? Charlie and Aunt Della board the tour bus in Rome and meet a fun and diverse group of travelers. Rocco, the tour guide, is particularly attractive. Charlie isn't the only one who thinks so. The bus driver, Tony, is also her age. They become friends and explore sites together. Charlie quickly falls in love with Italy. Who needs romance when you have Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast? But with adventure comes danger in the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Charlie wanders from the group and is mugged. She chases the thief who stole her purse into the far reaches of the ruins. Lost and alone, Charlie finds courage she never knew she had. Physical courage is one thing, but will she risk falling in love again? Anything's possible in The Italian Cure.

30 review for The Italian Cure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea C. *andreasbookishlife*

    Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute little novella that I read, as I love books that take place in Europe (especially Italy). I liked it but didn't love it. I felt like the novella ended without resolution of the main plot points of the story and it left the reader with a lot of questions. However, the books description and setting of Italy was beautiful and exactly what I was looking for in this short text. Overall, this was cute and I took out of Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute little novella that I read, as I love books that take place in Europe (especially Italy). I liked it but didn't love it. I felt like the novella ended without resolution of the main plot points of the story and it left the reader with a lot of questions. However, the books description and setting of Italy was beautiful and exactly what I was looking for in this short text. Overall, this was cute and I took out of it the Italian setting that I was hoping for. However, I felt that the book ended in a weird place and was not resolved in a way that I was anticipating.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    3.5 stars / 5 stars This was a delightful, quick and charming book. The subject matter is contemporary, yet the message of hope is ageless. Packed within this novella's 110 pages is the story of Charlotte ("Charlie" to most everyone). It's a classic: girl dates boy for long time, he dumps her for someone else and her life begins anew. Initially we have a rather depressed young Charlie. Aunt Della saves the day by insisting that Charlie join her on a trip to Italy which she had just won. Perhaps th 3.5 stars / 5 stars This was a delightful, quick and charming book. The subject matter is contemporary, yet the message of hope is ageless. Packed within this novella's 110 pages is the story of Charlotte ("Charlie" to most everyone). It's a classic: girl dates boy for long time, he dumps her for someone else and her life begins anew. Initially we have a rather depressed young Charlie. Aunt Della saves the day by insisting that Charlie join her on a trip to Italy which she had just won. Perhaps the trip will be the perfect "cure" for Charlie's aching heart. For anyone who has traveled overseas, this may bring back a host of some unpleasant memories, such as luggage making the Grand World Tour while you live in two outfits for a week. The story also provides a few warnings for unseasoned travelers regarding pickpockets, unsavory "Don Juans" and some of the usual pitfalls of foreign travel. All of this is done with light humor and a touching story. It also brings back memories of the wonder of discovery of iconic sites on a visitor's first encounter. Author Melodie Campbell has deftly written a compact and endearing story with a nice touch of humour as it pokes fun at our human condition. Arching overall is its message of hope. This book is part of publisher Orca Books' Rapid Reads collection which is geared to a broad spectrum of adult readers. From their website, they offer the following statement: "In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are short books for adult readers. They are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read." I am grateful to author Melodie Campbell and publisher Orca Books for having provided a free advance reader's copy of this book through LibrayThing's Early Reviewer program. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I didn't realize this book was listed as a rapid reads, short story when I downloaded the ebook version to read and review. I really loved the descriptions of all of the beautify places in Italy that Charlie and her Aunt Della visited on this whirlwind romance story. I wish it would have been a little longer so I could invest in the characters more and really get to know them better. All in all it was a fun read for anyone who wants a little romance and a little travel in their story!! I didn't realize this book was listed as a rapid reads, short story when I downloaded the ebook version to read and review. I really loved the descriptions of all of the beautify places in Italy that Charlie and her Aunt Della visited on this whirlwind romance story. I wish it would have been a little longer so I could invest in the characters more and really get to know them better. All in all it was a fun read for anyone who wants a little romance and a little travel in their story!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (AndKellyReads)

    This was different. I know it was a novella, and supposed to move quickly, but this was just ... different. I think I just wasn’t crazy about the writing style, it was a bit too amateur for me, and the storyline itself was a bit much. I don’t know, it was quick and easy and fine, but not something I’d reread or really even remember. Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Charlie's Aunt Del won a vacation tour for two to Italy, and she has generously invited Charlie to join her. All ready for adventure, Charlie is initially dismayed when her luggage is lost en route and she ends up having to borrow a number of Della's more outlandish ensembles. However, undeterred and having taken an interest in both the suave tour guide and the friendly tour bus driver, Charlie enthusiastically embraces Italy and its possibilities. I had a couple of issues with this book. Admitte Charlie's Aunt Del won a vacation tour for two to Italy, and she has generously invited Charlie to join her. All ready for adventure, Charlie is initially dismayed when her luggage is lost en route and she ends up having to borrow a number of Della's more outlandish ensembles. However, undeterred and having taken an interest in both the suave tour guide and the friendly tour bus driver, Charlie enthusiastically embraces Italy and its possibilities. I had a couple of issues with this book. Admittedly, I'm 100% not its target demographic, and I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, but unfortunately nowhere in the giveaway description was it disclosed that this was a "Rapid Read." While brevity in itself is not necessary a problem, the grammar and sentence structure are significantly dumbed down (soooooo many sentence fragments), and because it is told in the first person it makes poor Charlie seem rather dim. A number of stereotypes are perpetuated, there are frequent uncomfortable attempts at depicting broken English, and several offensive comments occur in the narrative, such as travelers with medically-necessary dietary restrictions being regarded as "problems." It's true that the story is a light, easy, playful read, but if I hadn't been reading an advance copy, and if it weren't just 110 pages with wide margins, I would have abandoned it fairly quickly. It's pretty awful. I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    That was literal trash.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This is a quick read novella, about a woman who is dumped by her long time boyfriend. Devastated, she accepts an invitation to go with her aunt to Italy. While on a 7 day tour, she falls for the main love interest. Being such a short book, everything feels rushed. It was hard to feel any character development, but it was a sweet love story and I loved the Italian descriptions from the author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This novella actually brought me down memory lane, as Charlie and her Aunt Del take off to Italy for a week in April. Nine years ago (time flies!), I also visited Italy during April! I fell deeply in love with the Colosseum, which was also mentioned. Although this book is simplistic, it was a great read after what had been a long, long day. It also is exactly what it should be, given that it's part of the Orca series. If you aren't familiar with Orca books, they're meant to be appealing to ESL or This novella actually brought me down memory lane, as Charlie and her Aunt Del take off to Italy for a week in April. Nine years ago (time flies!), I also visited Italy during April! I fell deeply in love with the Colosseum, which was also mentioned. Although this book is simplistic, it was a great read after what had been a long, long day. It also is exactly what it should be, given that it's part of the Orca series. If you aren't familiar with Orca books, they're meant to be appealing to ESL or reluctant readers. I've used them several times for independent reading in applied level classes, and they're always a hit! If you're looking a sweet story of recovering from heartbreak and love quirky characters, consider The Italian Cure for a quick read. Thank you Netgalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Haley Campbell

    This is a perfectly cute novella. When I began reading it, I had no idea that it was a novella so I was a bit put off by how rushed everything seemed, but if you take into consideration that it’s not supposed to be a full fledged book, it was okay. I still would have liked to see better execution, but the story was cute enough. The characters were interesting and there were some humorous moments. But all in all, I think the romance was too rushed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I think it's fair to say this book was not for me. I didn't connect with the writing style, which felt rushed, or the characters, probably because it felt rushed. There were some nice elements and funny lines but as a whole this was just way too short. Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I think it's fair to say this book was not for me. I didn't connect with the writing style, which felt rushed, or the characters, probably because it felt rushed. There were some nice elements and funny lines but as a whole this was just way too short.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LadyTechie

    The Italian Cure is a fun, colorful story with even more colorful characters including the descriptions of Italy. I wish it was longer as this author is a good storyteller.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenea

    3.5 stars. There is a lot of story packed in these 128 pages. Charlie’s recent breakup has left her reeling so she decides to go on a trip with her eccentric Aunt to the beautiful city of Rome. First her luggage is lost and then she’s mugged, so the trip doesn’t start off on a good note. They do however meet some great people along the way. Even a little bit romance too even if it was a little slow at first. She just needed to open her eyes to it. I would definitely would have liked a little mor 3.5 stars. There is a lot of story packed in these 128 pages. Charlie’s recent breakup has left her reeling so she decides to go on a trip with her eccentric Aunt to the beautiful city of Rome. First her luggage is lost and then she’s mugged, so the trip doesn’t start off on a good note. They do however meet some great people along the way. Even a little bit romance too even if it was a little slow at first. She just needed to open her eyes to it. I would definitely would have liked a little more the new couple but is was still enjoyable. There are plenty of fun moments especially her Aunt Della. That woman is a hoot! All in all, this was a sweet read that shows that time and maybe a trip across the ocean can heal a broken heart.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    The Italian Cure by Melodie Campbell is a highly enjoyable novella that packs lots of heart and humour into precious few pages. Classified as fast fiction, I wasn't sure what to expect from this quick read, yet this has all the punch of a full length novel. A complete storyline, fully fleshed out characters, and lots of laugh out loud moments are all bundled into a small and rewarding package. I would love to read more from this author who was previously unknown to me. Thank you for this whirlwi The Italian Cure by Melodie Campbell is a highly enjoyable novella that packs lots of heart and humour into precious few pages. Classified as fast fiction, I wasn't sure what to expect from this quick read, yet this has all the punch of a full length novel. A complete storyline, fully fleshed out characters, and lots of laugh out loud moments are all bundled into a small and rewarding package. I would love to read more from this author who was previously unknown to me. Thank you for this whirlwind trip through Italy! Many thanks to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for this fun read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh Smith

    I chose to read & review this book because I am always a sucker for a cute story in a beautiful country such as Italy! We are introduced to Charlie who has just gotten out of a relationship and is invited by her Aunt Della to join her on a free trip she had won to Italy, hoping it would be a "cure" for a broken heart. Understandably, Charlie isn't too excited about going because her head and her heart are still grieving. I'm happy that even with her rough start the first few days, eventually she I chose to read & review this book because I am always a sucker for a cute story in a beautiful country such as Italy! We are introduced to Charlie who has just gotten out of a relationship and is invited by her Aunt Della to join her on a free trip she had won to Italy, hoping it would be a "cure" for a broken heart. Understandably, Charlie isn't too excited about going because her head and her heart are still grieving. I'm happy that even with her rough start the first few days, eventually she did enjoy herself on the trip because it would have been a waste to go to such a beautiful place and not make the most of it. Because this story was a novella rather than a full novel, it did feel rushed but that is what I was expecting. It was a quick easy read that I got through in an afternoon. The author did a great job of capturing the descriptive beauty of Italy and did add in a touch of romance which I enjoyed. I also have to admit that out of all the characters, I honestly loved Aunt Della the best! She was so entertaining. Overall, I did like this book but I didn't love it - I think if it had been made into a longer novel, there would have been more of a story and more details the author could have touched on. I felt like I wanted more out of it by the end. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Booked Mama

    When Charlie gets a call from her Aunt Della inviting her as her plus one on an all expenses paid trip to Italy, Charlie jumps at the chance. Having recently had her heart broken this trip could be just what she needs to shake off her sadness. The two embark on an adventure that can only be described as a comedy of errors. Charlie and Aunt Del join a tour group as they travel around to the beautifully described scenic tourist spots around Rome, Naples and Pompeii. The characters they meet along When Charlie gets a call from her Aunt Della inviting her as her plus one on an all expenses paid trip to Italy, Charlie jumps at the chance. Having recently had her heart broken this trip could be just what she needs to shake off her sadness. The two embark on an adventure that can only be described as a comedy of errors. Charlie and Aunt Del join a tour group as they travel around to the beautifully described scenic tourist spots around Rome, Naples and Pompeii. The characters they meet along the way make the trip just that much more zany. "The Italian Cure" is a novella that would be a quick read for anyone at only 128 pages. I was just starting to get into the story when the book ended so abruptly. I would have loved for this to continue on a bit further and for the characters to be developed more. The concept had a lot of promise to have been turned into a full blown novel. Aunt Della & Charlie's antics deserved more time. Cute story for anyone in need of a quick distraction. Thank you NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Thanks to LibraryThing and Orca Book Publishers for an advance reader's copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own. This is a novella, a light quick read about a twenty-something woman who goes to Italy for a week with her wacky aunt soon after her boyfriend of seven years breaks up with her. Two stars for this book because "it was OK." The publisher has categorized it as a "Rapid Reads" which explains why it took only an hour to read. This could have been a better book if it was fle Thanks to LibraryThing and Orca Book Publishers for an advance reader's copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own. This is a novella, a light quick read about a twenty-something woman who goes to Italy for a week with her wacky aunt soon after her boyfriend of seven years breaks up with her. Two stars for this book because "it was OK." The publisher has categorized it as a "Rapid Reads" which explains why it took only an hour to read. This could have been a better book if it was fleshed out - it read like a sketch of what an actual book would be. The author is a former comedy writer and got her start writing stand-up and this skill is evident in her writing. If you're looking for a short diversion to read while waiting at the doctor's office, in line at the DMV, or sitting in the carpool line at school, this could be the book for you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Carper

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. When I picked up this book, I didn’t realize it was a novella. It was a short read, but that’s not always a bad thing. However, this one didn’t quite check off all the boxes in books I love. I guess because it was a novella, there was enough room on the pages to fulfill some of these things. I found the characters to be slow developing, and some not at all. I wanted to get to know the chara Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. When I picked up this book, I didn’t realize it was a novella. It was a short read, but that’s not always a bad thing. However, this one didn’t quite check off all the boxes in books I love. I guess because it was a novella, there was enough room on the pages to fulfill some of these things. I found the characters to be slow developing, and some not at all. I wanted to get to know the characters more which would have helped to build on the main storyline. And the ending was kind of abrupt and left so many questions and main plot events unanswered. But I did love the setting - a tour through Italy - and that was enough to make me want to take another trip!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    When Charlie's Aunt Della wins a contest to Italy, Charlie jumps at the chance to go with her. When she meets their tour guide, Rocco, she wonders if Italy will cure her broken heart. This rapid read is fun, colourful, and like all Melodie Campbell's books, guaranteed to make you laugh. When Charlie's Aunt Della wins a contest to Italy, Charlie jumps at the chance to go with her. When she meets their tour guide, Rocco, she wonders if Italy will cure her broken heart. This rapid read is fun, colourful, and like all Melodie Campbell's books, guaranteed to make you laugh.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I loved this book! The characters are so believable and the setting is fun with many fun personalities. I hope to see more of this couple in more books. There are certainly enough interesting folks to provide more books:). Keep the books coming!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Jones

    I loved this crazy, cute little book. So glad that the book club chose it. It is such a great story about recovering from heart-break but not too heavy. It is super short and fun to read. You should read this!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Not all that impressed with this story. It’s a fast read; I read half of it while waiting for a procedure in the hospital. But it starts with a break-up followed by a trip to Italy in which anything that can go wrong does. Don’t care for these “bad luck” stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna-Marie

    I loved the concept. I love Italy so much, and remembering the places where Charlie went was my favourite. However it was incredibly short, the story should of carried on, like how they were supposed to go to Amalfi Coast and Capri. The romance was nice, but seems to come out of nowhere.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Enjoyed every part of this fun novella.. Obviously wish it had been a bit longer but loved every page of this novella..

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Fun, quick--I want to go back!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jami Caldwell

    A nice, light read.... nothing too heavy, as expected, but struggled a bit to complete. I appreciate the opportunity to review it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cecile

    I read the book as a possible selection for a literacy program book club. For that purpose, it's not a bad choice just for reading practice. However, the book is a bit sappy and has an abrupt ending. I read the book as a possible selection for a literacy program book club. For that purpose, it's not a bad choice just for reading practice. However, the book is a bit sappy and has an abrupt ending.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Martha

    The Italian Cure was a great, quick read. However short the novella was, it shared very interesting characters that struggled with the relationships with their family and significant others. It showed that by getting out of your comfort zone and exploring other cultures, you can find happiness.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate Page

    The concept of this novella was cute - broken hearted woman, travels with her aunt to Italy on a free trip and falls in love. I just didn’t love the execution. It felt like reading a slapstick comedy and was rushed and predictable. This one wasn’t for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I enjoyed reading this short novella. I do feel that it should be noted that the publisher is known to advertise to ESL and reluctant readers, so I did not come into the story expecting Jane Austen-level prose. Our main character, Charlotte AKA Charlie, is recovering from the end of a long-term relationship. When her widowed aunt wins a free trip to Italy, Charlie is asked to go along. Charlie decides her motto for the trip is "why be boring?" and takes several mishaps in stride. First, her lugg I enjoyed reading this short novella. I do feel that it should be noted that the publisher is known to advertise to ESL and reluctant readers, so I did not come into the story expecting Jane Austen-level prose. Our main character, Charlotte AKA Charlie, is recovering from the end of a long-term relationship. When her widowed aunt wins a free trip to Italy, Charlie is asked to go along. Charlie decides her motto for the trip is "why be boring?" and takes several mishaps in stride. First, her luggage is lost! And somehow she can't help but be a magnet for various spills on her borrowed clothes. At least there's a cute guy or two to help distract her. I did have a couple of issues with the book, though. The broken English spoken by some Italian characters could come off as a bit offensive. Charlie is not without her flaws (homegirl was a bit judgey over clothes). However, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the traveling locations; I never knew I wanted to visit Italy so much! This story is short, romantic, and fun to read. My personal favorite moments were the witty emails shared between Charlie and her younger sister. Would I recommend this book to other people? Yes, especially if they're looking for a fun, quick read. This would be the perfect pool or beachside companion. A big thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Rapid Italian tour with a touch of romance: lacks emotional substance🙄 🤔 This novella had a promising beginning but I never really felt any depth to the characters and heroine Charlie's constant misadventures seemed forced and not really humorous. The ending was rushed and just not realistic. Overall, the story was so simplistic that it was not for me. I would not say the writing style was bad, but it did not seem geared to an adult reader. Thanks to Orca Publishers and NetGalley for providing a c Rapid Italian tour with a touch of romance: lacks emotional substance🙄 🤔 This novella had a promising beginning but I never really felt any depth to the characters and heroine Charlie's constant misadventures seemed forced and not really humorous. The ending was rushed and just not realistic. Overall, the story was so simplistic that it was not for me. I would not say the writing style was bad, but it did not seem geared to an adult reader. Thanks to Orca Publishers and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the story; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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