A Tuscan Affair: It’s never too late to fall in love (The Golden Girls Romantic Series of Contemporary Women’s Fiction Book 1) by Gudrun Frerichs

I received A Tuscan Affair: It’s never too late to fall in love (The Golden Girls Romantic Series of Contemporary Women’s Fiction Book 1) by Gudrun Frerichs as a review copy from StoryOrigin and I am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Who needs a millionaire daddy for her adult children?

Anna King isn’t even dreaming of a new man in her life. Not after a holiday romance went all wrong thirty years ago. Her career, her beautiful home, and most of all her twins are all she wants and needs. Who needs a man if you have fantastic friends? Not this well respected Auckland lawyer.

Vineyard owner Antonio Falcone has only one goal. Fly to Auckland, help his elderly father getting divorced, and zap back home in time for the harvest. That’s it. Women? No, no, amore mio, not for this charming Italian. Once bitten, twice shy.
But when the past catches up with them things unravel with lightning speed, and some nasty people raise their heads. And Tuscany? Oh, yes…Tuscany…rolling hills, azure-blue skies, full-bodied wine, delicious food, and a love that will succeed.

If you love sweet romance under the Tuscan sun with a sprinkling of suspense, well, you just have to go and read the story! Get ready for a journey that takes you from Auckland, New Zealand into the heart of Tuscany, Italy. 

THE GOLDEN GIRLS SERIES is about Anna, A Tuscan Affair, Thea, A Case For Love, Claudia, Daring To Love, and Christine, Tides Of Love, as their settled lives suddenly spin out of control. Rather than preparing for their retirement, these Fifty-Somethings refuse to sit back and grow old quietly even if that means they might lose their hearts… all over again.

In each book of the series, one of the friends faces her challenges and shows she is far from being done yet and the men who cross their paths better look out!

The story:

Anna West is a lawyer in Auckland, New Zealand. She is known as the Ice Queen in the hallowed halls of Auckland’s Law society and has no time for relationships. She has 31 year twins, Lucca, her son, a lawyer and her partner and Kiara, her daughter who is a cardiac surgeon. And she has her set of best friends, Thea, Claudia and Christine. These girls supported her when she got pregnant while on holiday to Italy when she was a student and helped her raise her twins. Even Kiara and Lucca call them Mums.

One day, Antonio Falcone comes to seek her help for his father’s divorce. And she realises that he is the man she had met in Italy and the father of her children. As her children know about their father, she tells them that he is there in New Zealand and gives them the choice to meet him. And when all of them meet accidentally, Tony is excited and wants them to pick up where they left off. And he invites them to Italy. The kids are excited but Anna is sceptical to go to Tuscany, Italy.

My take:

I really enjoyed the story which portrays mature romance and some suspense. Having read about Anna’s pregnancy in Falling in Love, a prequel to this Golden Girls series. I loved the characters, Anna, Kiara, Lucca and Christine and the Falcone men, Roberto, Antonio and Francesco. I loved the relationship that Kiara and Lucca share with Anna’s best friends.

The story is evenly paced with excellent descriptions of places and people. The story has family, friendship, love, drama, suspense and second chances. There is also a lot of food and wine, why not, we are in Tuscany. A little bit of editing would make it better.

Though this book is the first book in a four book series, Stories of four best friends, it can be read as a standalone. Waiting to read the next book in the series.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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