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Friday, August 7, 2009
Review - Roman Holiday by Phyllis A. Humphrey
Title: Roman Holiday
Author: Phyllis A. Humphrey
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
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Rating: You Could Read
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?
The book begins promising enough then quickly turns into a tour guide for Italy. While I appreciated the research and time necessary to write such a detailed story, I found myself becoming more educated than entertained. The love story between Darcy and Todd is long and protracted. There are few scenes in which they interact about their true feelings. The majority of conversations revolved around the places they were visiting and routine bits of their personal history. The pace picks up about two-thirds of the way through the book and does have quick twists and turns that are unforeseen. Overall, I thought the book was well-written but did not hold my interest as a love story but more of a travel guide.