All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty

Posted November 9, 2015 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments

All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

All the Way to Heaven by Becky DoughtyAll the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty
Series: Fallout #1
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on November 2 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 331
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she's been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early--a trip to Tuscany--but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.

When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family's country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it's been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.

Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.

Main points

I really liked this one! I liked the writing especially. I laughed, I cried, and I could see everything so clearly. When there was music, I could hear it. I could see all the scenery being described. I could hear people’s voices when they spoke. It felt very realistic and authentic. It was a long book, but it was one big warm adventure.

I loved all the descriptions of Italy. The scenery, the land, the food especially, and the hospitality and warmth of the people. The love in the culture. I have been to Italy several times and Venice is my favorite city in the world. It is so welcoming and friendly to everyone and you feel at home there. That was portrayed very clearly with this book. It did seem like the perfect place for Ani to go and have an adventure.

There is a love triangle. However, it becomes clear that one of the men is meant to be. Well, it was clear to me anyway—something felt off about the other one. Thankfully, it wasn’t too emphasized, and things fell into place without a HUGE deal being made. It definitely wasn’t the focus of the story. Everything fit together in a realistic way. People, their lives, their jobs, their relationships, and deeper meanings too—there were a lot of themes here, and repeated maxims about Italy. Italy was the perfect setting.

Maybe the romance was a little rushed. But, as with other books, it still felt right. And if it feels right, I don’t mind how it happens. I am very much a believer of the ‘meant to be.’ Not very much was said about the previous relationship with her professor, and that was a good thing. I liked the idea of starting anew without any part of the past mucking things up all the time.

All in all, this was a lovely adventure. Very satisfying and descriptive. It left me with warm feelings inside.

  reaction upon finishing

Aww! How sweet!

this book in two words

Italian adventure

 

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About Becky Doughty

Becky Doughty is the author of the award-winning Elderberry Croft series and the voice behind BraveHeart Audiobooks. “I write fiction, mainly because nonfiction is hard! Yes, I’ve tried. Let’s just say I like to color outside the lines when it comes to sticking to facts…or anything else, for that matter. I write Women’s Fiction with strong elements of romance and Young Adult/New Adult Fiction. Some of my fiction is written from a Christian worldview (and labeled as such), and some of it is not. My stories, however, are all categorically “clean” or “sweet” (light on language, violence, and sex), so if you’re looking for a book you don’t have to shove under the couch cushion when visitors stop by, you’ve come to the right place!”

Rating
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
three-half-stars
Cover
three-half-stars
Ending
four-stars
Feels
three-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

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Becky Doughty
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Alicia,
Thanks for having me here today, and for sharing about me and my new novel with your readers. And thank you for the thoughtful review!

I really appreciate you!

Becky Doughty

Giselle
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Great review, Alicia! This sounds like a lovely and well written book! Glad you liked it! :)

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