Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando.
This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.
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Love stories are easy targets, but no one will scoff at the genuine and cheering affection depicted so generously here.Read Full Review of A Thousand Days in Venice: An... | See more reviews from Kirkus
De Blasi's breathless descriptions of her improbable love affair can be cloying, but she makes up for these excesses with her enchanting accounts of Venice...Read Full Review of A Thousand Days in Venice: An... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Lyrical and poetic, the author's writing is a joy to the senses, as Marlena and Fernando revel in the simplicities of life and enjoy newfound friendships.Read Full Review of A Thousand Days in Venice: An...
The true story simmers slowly so that those who demand instant gratification will want to pass. Those readers who relish a tasteful morsel (and a few recipes) will appreciate this true eternal love story...Read Full Review of A Thousand Days in Venice: An...
Most of all, De Blasi makes you want to take a chance and to look for passion in your life. What more can you ask?Read Full Review of A Thousand Days in Venice: An...
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