Great imagery, predictable storyline

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This novel definitely transports you to to the Tuscan countryside with beautiful imagery and descriptive language. It was one of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book in the first place! I was really impressed by the characters, the food and wine, and Casalvento itself. I was blown away to learn that this is actually a real place that you can visit and experience! The setting and descriptions definitely get five stars! Now the storyline itself was not as enjoyable to me. Not only have I read very similar plot lines, but seen it in movies as well. Erika is extremely unlikeable and emotionally immature in the first half of the book. I understand that she goes through character development and can attribute it to Tuscany, but it does not make for an enjoyable read. There are other plot points that are a bit of a stretch to understand like the ridiculous stipulations of the Will. I’m also missing some chemistry between Erika and Paolo and conversations seem to end very abruptly. Overall the storyline was very predictable and slow moving. I really wish there was an epilogue to have more closure and maybe a small look into the future. The cover is beautiful and the recipes at the end are a great added bonus. Great imagery, but the characters and storyline left me wanting. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.