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Review: When in Rome by Sarah Adams

Title: When in Rome

Author: Sarah Adams
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map)USA (KT, TN)

SummaryAmelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her adoring fans, is burned-out from years of maintaining her “princess of pop” image. Inspired by her favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is. 

When Noah Walker finds Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he makes it clear he doesn’t have the time or patience for celebrity problems. He’s too busy running the pie shop his grandmother left him and reminding his nosy but lovable neighbors to mind their own damn business. Despite his better judgment, he lets her stay in his guest room—but only until her car is fixed—then she’s on her own. 

Then Noah starts to see a different side of Rae Rose—she’s Amelia: kindhearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. He can’t help but get close to her. Soon she’ll have to return to her glamorous life on tour, but until then, Noah will show Amelia all the charming small-town experiences she’s been missing, and she’ll help him open his heart to more. 

Amelia can’t resist falling for the cozy town and her grumpy tour guide, but even Audrey had to leave Rome eventually.

Review: I really enjoyed reading Sarah Adams' novel Cheat Sheet so I was looking forward to this one. I was in the exact right mood for this book and read it in one day. There were so many references to Audrey Hepburn and Roman Holiday that I tried to watch the movie after finishing, but it isn't available for free.

I liked both the main characters; Noah and Amelia are fun, real, and (even though we know they will get together from page one) I wanted them to fall helplessly in love. I am such a sucker for this kind of book. The secondary characters are also fun. Small town nosey folks, people who can't mind their own business, who love and care for each other forever. What a nice thing.

This book made me smile, made my heart feel, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Literary Escapes--Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Alphabet (Title)--W

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