Sunday, August 2, 2009

Roman Holiday by Phyllis A. Humphrey

Roman Holiday
Phyllis A. Humphrey
White Rose Publishing
Inspirational White Rose
Rating: Sweet
Page Count: 212
ISBN: 1-60154-644-0
Release Date: 7-10-2009
Digital Price: 6.00
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Impetuous and sometimes klutzy Darcy Gibson, a Los Angeles magazine writer, is given the assignment to research a tour of Italy for an article. Her boss calls this her last chance to save her job. But she meets Todd Matthews, an artist/computer consultant, and, despite her plans to stick strictly to business, romance follows. Todd feels the same about Darcy but has a skeleton in his closet. Just when the couple feel they're able to solve their problems, Todd is accused of molesting a young girl on the tour, and he leaves town. Can Darcy, who has forgiveness problems of her own, not only find Todd but pull a rabbit out of a hat to produce a happy-ever-after?
Ms. Humphrey has a skill with humor and timing that is exceptional. It draws you in and charms you handily without ever overwhelming the story nor its characters. Her sense of setting puts you right into the heart of Italy without seeming over-done. This after all, is the story of a woman chronicling her travels, so the descriptives are a story enhancement and indeed become an added and welcome character of Roman Holiday.
Her characters are appealing, and realistically drawn, both finding their way through human foibles and dreams. I found myself longing for a bit more chemistry, a slightly more sensual sizzle between the hero and heroine that would augment their growing feelings, but with subtle insights and well-peppered revelation, Ms. Humphrey manages to draw the reader into their relationship nonetheless.
The wrap up of several intense and detailed family issues felt rushed in the last few chapters of the book yet ultimately pave the way to a complete and satisfying ending for a hero and heroine you can't help but root for.

Rating: 4
Level: Sweet
Reviewer: Minnie

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