Italian Fever was an enjoyable quick read (I read almost half of it in one evening!) about an American woman who has a romantic whirlwind adventure in Italy, with a bit of a gothic twist. The storyline was creative and well-constructed and the descriptions were vivid – I felt as if I were there in the Tuscan countryside and in Rome. Unfortunately, it was not quite the sort of book I was in the mood for, although it managed to engage me well enough in spite of that.
The writing was overall pretty good (as I said, the descriptions were great), but I felt that she overused the rather meaningless phrase that someone’s eyes “flashed”. Additionally there was an overly long vivid scene of the woman being sick – vomiting and delirious with fever – which seemed rather overdone. In fact, I’d say that many of the scenes were overdone and rather unbelievable and that seemed to be intentional, but I’m not sure it quite worked for me.
I read this book because the library didn’t have another book I wanted to read by the author – I will probably still read that other one at some point but I can’t say that I am eagerly running out the door looking for more books by her.