I ran across this book at the library. It was on a special shelf labeled "Bucket List Books." I was wary. But the cover was absolutely stunning. I also pick my wine by the label. I googled it on Kirkus and it had a starred review. So I gave it a shot.
Go ahead and read it.
It is a lush story of old Liguria mixed with vintage and new Hollywood. You may laugh out loud as I did when you read the Scientology jokes.
It's a great mix of old, new, exotic and, if you live in Southern California, local. It's sweet and heartbreaking and I bet you can relate to at least one character.
And if you don't like it, the cover alone -- stunning Manarola in the Cinque Terre -- will be lovely to look at on your night stand.