From Rome With Love
From Rome With Love
Lucy Goff’s new job caring for the quirky daughter of a wealthy Seattle couple comes with an unexpected perk: being whisked off to Rome the week before Christmas. Putting up with fifteen-year-old Tabatha’s mood swings, not to mention Lucy’s own fear of flying, is worth the opportunity to explore The Eternal City.
But Lucy’s dreams of a relaxing European vacation are upended almost as soon as they arrive. Tabatha’s parents disappear, and Tabatha herself turns out to be more than a handful. The only person Lucy can turn to is Mario, the smooth and handsome Italian who volunteers to be their personal tour guide. Can she trust him? And what about Brad, the old boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off?
When a mysterious painting opens up painful family secrets, it seems as though Lucy’s romantic holiday is over for good. Instead, she must confront not only her employers, but also her own feelings about love and loyalty.
Is she ready to see that Christmas is just the beginning?
Reviews of “From Rome With Love”
Diane C. Donovan – Midwest Book Review
When Lucy Goff accepted a job as a nanny for a Seattle couple, she didn’t anticipate that it would involve Christmas in a foreign country, much less the possibility of romance. From Rome With Love follows her journey from America to Europe and beyond, adding a healthy dose of intrigue when teen Tabitha’s parents vanish, leaving her alone and confused.
As if this weren’t enough tension, Kate Lloyd adds into the mix a handsome possible Italian rescuer (or, is he?), an ex-boyfriend, and family secrets.
All this might seem surprising in a Christmas story, but one of the pleasures of From Rome With Love lies in not just its unexpected twists and turns, but its ability to inject a realistic, logical atmosphere into its evolving tale of Lucy and Tabitha’s relationship conundrums.
The story is narrated in the first person by Lucy. One of her first chilling threats is that she might be fired by her new employer: “If they fired me, what would I do by myself in Rome? How would I get home? I imagined myself in the vast Fiumicino Airport days before Christmas hoping to catch a flight. Not that I could afford to without dipping further into my savings account.”
But employer Gretchen hasn’t exactly been forthright with Lucy, either, about Tabitha’s personality and problems. And so Lucy has a double challenge in the beginning, both in proving herself and uncovering what is wrong with Tabitha. Her ability to bond with the girl helps her make connections based on her own experiences as a teen: “You’re not fat in the slightest.” If anything, she was skinny. “Where did all this come from?” “I saw a beautiful girl downstairs in the lobby . . .” “So what?” I knew where her mind was headed. I’d looped through that slippery slope too many times myself. And soothed myself with a pill.”
Kate Lloyd’s ability to build her story as much on evolving relationships as on building intrigue are part of what give From Rome With Love a lovely flavor of complexity beyond the usual holiday story.
Another fine element is Lucy’s struggles with her own family makeup and her typical reaction to strife, which comes to light when she introduces Tabitha into the mix of her mother and beau Tom Baker: “Apparently, hearing the details of my father’s demise had sent me into a sea of self-pity. My body ached to its core. If only I had one little white pill to salve my newly opened wound. I was tempted to check Mama’s medicine chest up in the bathroom.”
As the story evolves and Lucy’s struggle with narcotics addiction and recovery takes center stage, readers receive an unforgettable story of a new life challenged by different possibilities and struggles.
The intrigue surrounding a missing painting and a nanny’s struggles with her employer over a daughter’s trajectory in life crafts an absorbing story of growth, change, and even a touch of romance. These facets belay the usual pat scenarios and solutions of a holiday novel and provide a taste of something different.
Readers who want their stories realistic, compelling, and multifaceted will find From Rome With Love a real winner, perfect for holiday reading.
Endorsements – What people are saying about “From Rome With Love”
What Readers Are Saying About “From Rome With Love”
A beautiful contemporary love story
Delightful, engrossing with a touch of subtle and decent romance. I loved each scene in the book that was beautifully described and I felt as visiting Rome myself. From Rome With Love is a beautiful story of a lovely girl (Lucy) who met her prince charming on the flight to Italy. The trio of Lucy, Tabatha and Mario had so much fun in Rome thatI would surely plan an itinerary based on this book. I loved the detailing of each and every scene the twist and turns in the story and for sure a happy ending
— Niti, 5 star review
I absolutely loved this book.
I haven’t read a book this quickly in a long time. The characters and the story line had me hooked from page one. It was an easy read, but it wove in aspects of Rome, Italy so nicely and reminded me of my visit there. I found it to be intriguing and couldn’t wait to get home from work to continue reading. Well worth your time if you want a story that will take you away to Italy and forget about the current troubles of the world!
— Lynda, 5 star review
What a crazy lot of fun this book was!!
This book was such a fun a crazy ride and I loved all of it! The pacing was a bit faster than I’m used to with other books but I fully believe it was necessary with this story to keep the tension strong. … The writing and the plot of the story were well done and I really enjoyed the snappy dialogue. … I will certainly recommend this book to others as a delightful read and one that will keep you reading waaaayyyyy to late (raises hand guiltily but still not sorry). Well done, Ms. Lloyd!
— TellMeAGreatStory, 5 star review
An all expense paid trip to Rome and all you have to do is care for a spoiled teenager? Sounds good to me! Or does it?
This book made me want to visit Rome – but definitely not with a bratty teen in tow. In the end, main character Lucy found her love and her relationship with Tabatha improved at the same time.This story had several twists and turns that I did not see coming and made me want to keep reading.
— Meg W., 5 star review
Captivating book from page one!
This was the first book I read by this author and I have to say that I just loved every single minute of the book! I haven’t read a book like this in a long time where I couldn’t wait to get home from work to finish reading. She does an excellent job of making you feel like you are actually in Rome with little bits of history interspersed into the story. With everything that is happening in the world, this was just the perfect easy story to read with captivating characters and some intrigue to take you away from it all! So glad I read this book!
— LJO, 5 star review
Feel of Rome at home!
Want to feel like you are in the middle of Rome, sipping a cappuccino? From Rome to Love tied all of the beauty and sites of Rome into a story that included intrigue and love, all while keeping you on your toes! Loved reading about Lucy, or Lucia, overcome her own struggles and choose what is best for her while forging new, lasting relationships throughout the book.
— Alessia S., 5 star review
Felt like I was in Rome with them!
The day I was lucky enough to win this book, was truly my lucky day! This was such a good book. I was totally immersed in it. The minute I started reading, it grabbed my immediate attention, and never let go.
I felt I was right there with Lucy as she tells in first person of her job as nanny of a teenage girl with lots of challenges and their subsequent trip to Rome for a Christmas trip. The descriptions of the city were very realistic and I found myself in Italy, enjoying the trip and the interesting mystery that developed.
I felt her thoughts as she was uncertain as to who to trust and who not to trust. Who to believe? I did have to laugh where perhaps others might not. She had a fall and I so totally related. Seriously, every time I go to Europe, I fall! In fact, my last trip, I told my family, just wait. I am going to fall and I did. Must be the European cobblestones!
I enjoyed every bit of this book. It had no dull moments and moved at a good pace to keep me reading. I totally loved this book.
— Sunnie Reviews, 5 star review
Kate Lloyd manages to capture the Eternal City’s magic in this beautiful story of twists turns, mysteries, romance, and brilliant creative writing. I’m in awe of her ability to carve out the most prolific themes through dialogue and surprise, especially in places as ‘endless’ as my beloved Roma. Thank you again for sharing your gifts with us, Kate! –
A Trip Across The Ocean…..Yes Please!
If you love a contemporary romance that will pull you in instantly and take you one a whirlwind trip to Rome, and fill your heart with all the feels, then look no further that that of Kate Lloyd’s FRWL. Lucy is a character that you will be so glad to have met through her story. She’s beautifully chiseled and I loved every minute I spent with her.
The trip to Italy with Lucy, Tabatha and Tabatha’s mom and dad was such a whirlwind rollercoaster ride. I felt like the scenes of the story came to life for me, like I was truly there in Rome. It played out like a movie scene as the pages turned for me. Meeting Mario was like opening a box of warm sweet cannolis! He was a wonderful character and perfectly chiseled for his role in Lucy’s life.
With a captivating story line, an interesting Holiday spent across the ocean and a teenager that seems to be a little too much at times, this book will have you turning the pages, needing to know what happens at the end. Before you know it, you’ll reach the last page and will be ready for more. A page turning story of loyalty, love and hope, FROM ROME WITH LOVE will leave you wanting the next fantastic read from this talented author.
– Molly J., Cover-to-Cover Cafe
Let’s go to Rome.
This is not your everyday Christmas read. Its full of twists and turns and a little bit of romance. I have really enjoyed going to Rome. And what about that cover, I love it. I gave this book 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend it.
– M. Fields
Perfect Holiday Romance With a Little Mystery Thrown In.
It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year so of course it’s time to start warming up this holiday season with some holiday reads. Cue this heartwarming book about facing life’s challenges, while adding in a little romance and topping it all off with a little historical mystery. The perfect recipe for a lovely story.
– Angel White
Christmas in Rome or not!
This book drew me in from the first page. The author made this reader feel as though she was in Rome for the very first time. I felt the excitement and awe of seeing all the famous sites in Rome that draw tourists to this famous city by the thousands. There was an element of mystery in this story having to do with missing pieces of art hidden away by Hitler during World War Two.
If contemporary romance is your genre or if you are a fan of Kate Lloyd you will like this book. It’s pretty much clean read so fans of Christian Fiction would be comfortable with this book too. It is a Christmas story also. – Amazon Customer
From Rome with Love does not disappoint. If you love a quirky contemporary romance, From Rome delivers. Lucy’s dream trip to Rome turns into a nightmare when her mood flipping 15 year old charge’s parents disappear. What is Lucy to do? Lucky for her Mario, an Italian native, is available to help, but Lucy isn’t sold on his friendship. With so many twists and turns, I found myself turning pages to see what would happen next. A persistent suitor, a angry ex, a mood changing teenager, and a mysterious painting bring the story create a story that one cannot put down. I love how all of the characters were fleshed out and easy for us to relate. The depictions of Rome and the country side was well defined. I look forward to more from this author.