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Thursday, 18 October 2012

RIVA's Back! Now meet your new best friend, Sarah, from Mills & Boon's "FLIRTING WITH ITALIAN" by the fabulous Liz Fielding!

ebook from millsandboon.co.uk
Name:  Sarah Gratton

Age:  27

Occupation:  Teacher

Vital Stats:  Grey eyes, warm chestnut hair, tall, woman-shaped.  (How can Matteo resist?  Matteo, you ask?  Check out Natalie Anderson's blog to meet him!)

Who'd play her in the movie of her life:  Kate Winslet, perhaps?

Instant BFF or Gotta Earn Her Trust:  Instant BFF

Friends or Family: Loads. Mum, Dad, brothers and sisters but she has a special relationship with her great-grandfather.

Satin Teddy or Cotton Comfort :  Cotton comfort

Shower or Bath:  Bath

What she doesn't want the hero to know: Nothing. She’s an open book – not that he believes that for one moment.

We'd be her friend because... She’s kind, generous, loving, funny and just human enough to wish swollen ankles on her ex’s pregnant new love.

In her words…

Italians are incredibly elegant, even in the classroom and my first task was a complete revamp of my working wardrobe. It was tough, but I know you’ll appreciate my sacrifice.
Spending so much on clothes had come as a bit of a shock to the system but her savings account was no longer burdened with price of her dream wedding dress. And handing over her credit card to pay for her spending spree had slammed the door on any lingering hope that Tom might come back. That her sacrifice in giving up her job so that he could return to Maybridge High would bring him to his senses.
It was too late for him to be having regrets.        
There is also a rule that no one should come to Italy without buying at least one pair of shoes. I bought these. And these. And these.
She stretched out her foot to admire the sandal she was wearing. Well, she wasn’t on holiday. One pair was never going to be enough and, just to make the point, she picked up her phone and took a photograph of it.
As you can see, there is a lot more to Rome than a load of old ruins but since you’re expecting churches and I wouldn’t want to disappoint you, this is Santa Maria del Popolo. You’ll probably recognise it from one of the gorier bits in the film Angels & Demons.
Rome boring?  I think not.
It was probably not quite what the Head had in mind when he’d asked her to write a blog about working in Rome, Sarah thought. With luck he’d remove the link from the school website sooner rather than later. Then, as she loaded up the pictures, she wondered if Tom would bother to read it. Whether Louise could resist taking a look.
Those shoes would evoke envy in the heart of any woman. Especially one whose ankles were swelling…
Several of her ex-colleagues had made a point of texting her to let her know that Louise was pregnant, but not before Tom had told her himself. Wanting her to know before she heard it from anyone else. As if it would hurt any less.
She gave herself a mental bad-girl slap as she clicked “post”, but there were limits to her nobility.


What's the book about? 
Could stepping into the past make your future perfect? Sarah’s been dumped. Unceremoniously. Painfully. A romantic at heart and a historian by profession, Sarah has always wondered about her grandfather’s wartime romance in Italy. Who was that brave woman who cared for him during the war? Clearly this is the time to heal her wounds with the trip of a lifetime to Rome and maybe find a hot Italian lover to take her mind off the past. Armed only with a photo of the house her grandfather stayed in, the village, and the name Lucia, Sarah sets out to find her…and meets the beautiful Italian count Matteo di Serrone there. Now here’s a man who could move Sarah on from her broken heart! It’s a fairy-tale romance, until Sarah realises she’s made the most rookie mistake of all: falling in love with her holiday fling…

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