I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
All The Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty
I read this book while traveling and, given the theme, it was an apt choice. Italy almost becomes a character in and of itself in the novel. The descriptions are gorgeous and author gives a reader a sense of the history of the places the characters visit in a natural manner in the narrative. I didn’t feel like I was reading a guide book—I felt that I was reading a story where the author provided a real sense of time and place. It was easy to visualize the landscapes, the buildings (both modern and historic), the hotels, the small shops, the bistros, and so forth. I also enjoyed all of the touches of “music” described in the novel.
The fact that Anica’s parents fell in love after listening to the operas of Giacomo Puccini was the reason she chose to travel to Lucca as a graduation present to herself. Finding out that her lover is a married man with children is the reason she left before graduation. I admit that I wanted Anica to be stronger at the start; I did not want to see her “run away.” Like her friend Tish said, Anica had not known that Jacob was a family man, but she was the one who suffered. Still Anica’s character developed throughout the novel and by the end she was not the type of person who would let a married man use and discard her. She needed to have that emotional journey and her growth from a lovesick girl to a remarkable and capable young woman is one of the key points of enjoyment in the novel.
I definitely recommend this book.
You can find out more about the author at http://beckydoughty.com