What Happens in the Alps is a sweet contemporary romance set in the Italian Alps, featuring English characters living and working as ex-pats in Italy.
The female protagonist, Annie, is an English teacher. Her friends and love interests, Italian and British, are in the hotel business or working as a translator.
Annie has lots of friends looking out for her, which is lucky, because setting up in a foreign country, and for Annie and a friend of hers, in a new town, is very difficult. Her friends help smooth her way, all the way to her discovering a loving life partner.
At thirty-six she knew she wasn't looking for a casual affair. She wanted more.
Another contemporary romance set in Italy by the same author, reviewed on this site
The author uses the classic omniscient narrative style, giving us insight into the characters' minds. The writing is skilled, smooth-flowing and well-edited. The characters are distinct and charming.
Italophiles will not be disappointed. The author shows a strong knowledge of life in Italy and of Italian culture. The Italians settings and Italian characters feel quite real. All the characters feel sane and solid, especially the protagonists. They deserve their happiness in the end.
This is escapist reading for romantic italophiles. The reader gets a front row view of how a relationship can change from friends to lovers to partners. The style is leisurely and chatty. This is a sweet romance for readers who enjoy vicarious adventures.
From the book's description:
A sparkling romantic comedy guaranteed to beat the winter blues, What Happens in the Alps… is one story you don’t want miss in 2016!
Up in the magical, snow-kissed mountains...Two years ago, Annie Brewer’s life was turned upside down when her adrenaline-junkie husband died in a tragic climbing accident. So she’s hoping that moving to the beautiful village of Santorso in the Italian Alps will finally put her life back on track!
...anything can happen!
She might be going into business with her oldest friend – notorious lady-charmer Matt Brown – but men are definitely out of the question for Annie! That is, until she bumps into tall, dark and delicious Alessandro Lago on the ski slopes…and spontaneously says ‘Yes’ to a date!It must be the crisp, mountain air but suddenly, anything seems possible. The only trouble is, chivalrous Matt is looking more gorgeous than ever…
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Please visit the author's website. The author has other books set in Italy. I've reviewed one here on this site: What Happens in Tuscany.