The book is all about passion - for italian food, for family and home grown values, for romance and the challenges it comes with, for a simple village in Italy, for creative career choices which are intertwined throughout the book. With her elegant and witty prose, she makes the reader feel the same passion. I love the characters she creates, with all their idiosyncrasies, though the book is through the eyes of the main protagonist. It sort of reminds me of Maeve Binchy who also creates characters with so much integrity and honesty that you know them or would love to meet them for sure.
It is a real feel good book - great for taking on a flight or to the beach. Makes you want to read the next in the trilogy - Brava Valentine.