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Not in a Tuscan Villa: During a year in Italy, a New Jersey couple discovers the true Dolce Vita when they trade rose-colored glasses for 3Ds (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Things I liked about Not in a Tuscan Villa
* Nancy and John were very kind to each other and seemed to have a terrific relationship.
* They did their best to learn Italian and improve it.
* The writing is reasonably coherent
* The Petralias took advantage of every opportunity to travel and learn.
* They outfoxed their annoying Bologna landlord who took advantage of them
Things I did not like about the book:
* I did not like the alternating writers.
* Too many opinions about Amanda Knox, billboards, health care, power lines, etc. I think it's a good thing
they left New Jersey and did some sightseeing in the U.S because Lady Bird Johnson with her Highway Beautification Campaign went a long way toward
removing unsightly advertising along the nation's highways. Surely, they are old enough to remember that. Many, many
areas in the U.S have buried power lines.
* John whining about getting a speeding ticket that he deserved for driving 65 mph in a 50 mph zone.
* Strange chronological order of events. Mostly that didn't bother me, but at 95% in my Kindle book we were at Carnivale in Venice in February and on the very next page they are in Verona in August the year earlier. No new chapter, just a strange jump from winter to summer and Venice to Verona.
Neither children nor grandchildren were mentioned, but I guess it's possible there weren't any.
Writing a book is difficult and I think it's great that they were able to write about their adventure in Italy. I hope they continue to enjoy life together in Florida and have taken the time to travel the country and visit National Parks.
Also, noticed some Italian grammar mistakes in the beginning of the book. For example, "a problem" in Italian is "un problema" and not "una problema" (nouns that end in "ma" in Italian are masculine) and "Italian family" is "famiglia italiana", not "famigilia italiano".
One last error was the location of Mario Batali's restaurant "Otto". I love this restaurant and have been there many times. It is located just a few blocks from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, not in Tribeca as stated in the book. These mistakes should have been caught by the editor.
Overall, the book was an easy read. I admire the courage of these people to live in a foreign country and to follow their dreams. It gave me insight of what to do (and not to do) if I decide to live in Italy.