Synopsis: Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.
At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.
But then their real identities–Ava and Matt–must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?
Review: I’m always curious about novels I haven’t read by this author, so I was happy to dive into this one.
Ava is unlucky in love. And professionally speaking, it’s not much better. So she decides to go on a spiritual retreat to finally finish the book she started and find inspiration, but she doesn’t expect to meet the love of her life. The goal of the retreat is to not talk about who you are, so of course neither of them really knows who the other is. But no problem, they love each other. Well… at least until the end of the retreat. Then they discover that they don’t have much in common and that their character is completely opposite. And to tell you the truth, this will lead to its share of disasters!
It was a nice book, which sometimes drags a bit, but I had a good time. Ava is a walking disaster and even though she is sometimes irritating because people have to adapt to what she wants and thinks all the time and she can’t compromise, I had a good time following her and discovering her. And did I mention Harold? Her insufferable dog? The most ill-behaved dog in the world!
An unpretentious book, which allows to spend a good time.