DOLCI DI LOVE by Sarah-Kate Lynch

DOLCI DI LOVE

KIRKUS REVIEW

A betrayed wife collides with two biscuit-baking, elderly Italian sisters who double as matchmakers in a bumpy romantic fantasy.

Even adultery can lead to happiness, suggests Lynch (House of Daughters, 2008, etc.) in her off-balance tale combining whimsy, sadness, tragedy and farce. When hyper-efficient wife and corporate hotshot Lily Turner discovers a photograph in her husband Daniel’s closet revealing he has another family in Italy, she is forced to realize her 16-year-old marriage has been drained of magic by the unhappiness arising from her five miscarriages and a failed adoption. The daughter of an abusive alcoholic mother, Lily has also started drinking and, during a binge, books a flight to Rome to track Daniel down in the Tuscan village of Montevedova. Here she encounters Violetta and Luciana, the cantucci-baking founders of the Secret League of Widowed Darners, which matches up lonely hearts. Lily, earmarked for a handsome widower, is also befriended by Francesca, Daniel’s illegitimate daughter who is going through an unhappy childhood similar to Lily’s. Other parallels abound: pairs of sisters, melancholy men folk, adulterous offspring. In a credulity-expanding conclusion, Italian clichés are reasserted and broken hearts mended.

An atypical, sometimes awkward (see the title) version of chick lit which cheerily proposes that two wrongs can make a right.
Pub Date: April 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-452-29675-6
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Plume
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2011




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