When in Rome

Books on Tape. Sept. 2022. 9:47 hrs. ISBN 9780593663592. $76. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Singing sensation Amelia Rose thought fame would equal freedom, but the pressure of her people-pleasing ways is inescapable. Desperate for downtime, she channels her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, and takes a Roman Holiday. Unfortunately for the pop princess, an undercover Italian getaway is impractical, so she picks the next best—er, closest—thing: Rome, KY. Life imitates art a bit too closely when Amelia, like Audrey, finds love in the small town, but Noah Walker has been burned by a big-city relationship before. Are they destined for the same agonizing ending as the film, or will they write their own story? Adams (The Cheat Sheet) proffers a heartwarming romantic comedy featuring complex characters in a compelling narrative. From wistful and wary to witty and wanton, narrators Karissa Vacker and Andrew Eiden are a delightful team. Vacker is a perfect match for Amelia’s buoyant brightness, while Eiden has a bit more edge than a stereotypical small-town Southern suitor, but both give emotional and engaging performances.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to fans seeking a contemporary opposites-attract rom-com about fame, family, and finding yourself. Recommended for fans of Tessa Bailey, Dylan Newton, and Abby Jimenez.
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