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This is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world, and whatever they're doing, they'll meet every few years for a holiday together somewhere sunny. Despite life taking them in very different directions, their snatched days in the sun in little hidden villas are crucial to them all. Escape, celebration, recovery—over the years the holidaysThis is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world, and whatever they're doing, they'll meet every few years for a holiday together somewhere sunny. Despite life taking them in very different directions, their snatched days in the sun in little hidden villas are crucial to them all. Escape, celebration, recovery—over the years the holidays change their lives. Rosie was always the odd one out—initially only invited as the others felt sorry for her, but it seems that in the end, she might be the one whose life is touched the most by her villa days. For it's there that she meets Enzo. The eldest son of an olive oil dynasty in southern Italy, he is being groomed to one day take over as head of the family. Rosie and Enzo have a holiday romance that seems set to become something more serious until she discovers he is not entirely what he seems. Years later they meet again and this time Rosie must decide how much she is prepared to compromise for the sake of love....

Title : The Villa Girls
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ISBN : 9781409100935
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 321 Pages
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The Villa Girls Reviews

  • Dion Ribeiro
    2019-02-23 12:41

    Um livro que nos faz sonhar com férias na Itália, comidas saborosas, verão e praia, amizades e amores difíceis. Apesar de não ter sido uma leitura muito surpreendente, foi bastante agradável e envolvente.Uma vez que estive recentemente em Itália, não deixei de pensar no quanto os italianos são barulhentos, adoram gritar e falar todos ao mesmo tempo, é assim no livro e é assim na realidade! :D

  • Carla Soares
    2019-02-22 14:34

    Leitura agradável, muita comida boa... tão boa! Escolhera o livro pela capa com rapariga bonita e sol de Verão, a prometer uma leitura leve como um copo de sangria branca ao fim do dia, e ele cumpria, com um início de prólogo, "Sinto-me feliz solteira, a sério que sinto. Na minha vida não há espaço para um homem. No meu guarda roupa não há espaço para as meias e para os casacos de malha dele, e em lado nenhum há espaço para os frascos de gel do cabelo ou para as lâminas de barbear." a sugerir uma história curiosa, sorrisos aqui e ali e nenhuma exigência. Não queria mais e o livro servia o propósito, era rápido de ler, com maravilhosas descrições da sua comida favorita, com cheiro a tomate, oregão e azeite virgem (ficava com o rabo ainda maior se provasse tudo aquilo e talvez nem se importasse), o sol dos olivais italianos, as ruas de Londres e raparigas e rapazes novos. restante (espécie de) opinião em

  • Nélia Rosa
    2019-03-18 13:33

    Foi engraçado e abriu sem dúvida o apetite de tanto falar dos pratos italianos!

  • Kiwiflora
    2019-03-15 15:44

    What more can one ask for over the summer/Christmas holiday period than lying down with a bit of chick-lit. How blissful and escapist! I had forgotten how intensely enjoyable a bit of relaxing, romantic and light reading can be. And you can read extraordinarily quickly which enables you to move onto the next one...And, to take the bliss one step further, how about a setting of southern Italy, to an olive estate, owned and operated by the one family for some generations - oh the history, the family intrigues, the wine, the food, the olives!!!! The bliss goes on and on.Rosie is a school girl in London when the story begins. She has recently lost her parents in a horrific road accident and is living unhappily and aimlessly with her aunt and uncle. She still goes to school and quite by accident strikes up a friendship with an Italian girl from school, Addolorata who takes her under her wing slowly introduces her to life. The first step in this process is a holiday at a villa in Spain with two other girls from school. Surprisingly this goes extremely well, and Rosie gradually begins to find her feet, ably assisted by Addolorato and her Italian family who own and run, none other than an Italian restaurant! Quelle surprise! At the same time as Rosie is coping with the curve balls of life, in Italy Enzo is being groomed to take over the management of the olive estate from his father at some time in the future. Despite the estate being run by the men in the family, it is Enzo's fiery and strong grandmother who really runs the show and is determined that the estate will retain its prestigious international reputation. There is pressure on Enzo to find a young local woman to marry, but he continually resists. Inevitably of course, as in all good chick lit, Rosie and Enzo are destined to meet, and this is on a second villa holiday that the girls decide to take two years after the first. And as in all good romances there are complications and difficulties until, naturally the inevitable happens and the two are reunited. Oh yes it is all so predictable, and delicious and gorgeous, but who cares! The writing is delightful - the gloom and oppression of London vs the sunshine and brilliance of the Italian country side. And the food - Mamma Mia! I don't know if the writer has a background in food, but she writes about Italian food with love, joy and passion. Although from Liverpool and now living in New Zealand, her father is Italian and surely this must have something to do with it!So to take you away from your ordinary life, a little bit of Italy and romance and food combined could be the perfect recipe.

  • Ana
    2019-02-22 11:52

    It could be 5 stars instead of 4 if the ending wasn't rushed.How to start, the book is very easy to read, the story is very well developed which is something rare to see for this kind of romance and the characters are quite likeable.What i liked in this book: The two main characters have their own chapters, Rosie talks in the first person and the Enzo chapters are in the third person. You have the opportunity to know each character, their story before they met, their life years before the "present". Maybe it was because of this, the way the author develops each character through the book that i felt the end was rushed, she closes the book in what? 5 or 10 pages? It wasn't enough. Not well closed,it deserved more pages and more details.

  • Sue Shepherd
    2019-03-07 16:39

    A light and lovely story that captures the value of friendship and the love of good Italian food Great for a weekend or holiday read. Love Nicky's books.

  • callan una
    2019-02-25 12:02

    I really really enoyed this book. It was a quick read, with a nice pace. The book characters drew me in quickly from the first chapter & made me want to know how the story progressed and how the lives of the characters would pan out. I suppose some might disparagingly describe this as "Chick Lit", however the story & writing are much better than that, and certainly the first 3/4 of the book really moves along at a cracking pace. The characters are well written and the main character is intriguing. I enjoyed it. I will definitely look for more by this author!

  • Mekerei
    2019-02-24 12:02

    Nicky Pellegrino has once again written a good read. The story line isn't as lite as her others, its about four girls as they mature through their teens and twenties.It's an excellent chic lit of friendships, careers, life and food.I love the way that Nicky Pellegrino manages to weave bits of her books into each other.Four & half stars

  • Jacqui Mccann
    2019-02-22 14:58

    after reading Delicious and The Italian Wedding I found the Villa Girls disappointing and didnt feel the essence of italy was captured as well. Slow to start the story only kicks in halfway through the book whilst the ending feels rushed. Not the authors best book at all I was left with the feeling it wasnt as well thought out and was a rushed by product of the Italian Wedding that didnt really seem to fit.

  • Katherine
    2019-03-08 14:58

    OK read...I agreewithh others the endig was rushed and unsatisfying.

  • Cora Koehorst
    2019-03-06 14:59

    Heerlijk boek om te lezen. Leuk verhaal. het gezin van Pepe komt ook voor in een van de andere boeken van de schrijfster. Zo krijg je weer een hele andere inkijk.

  • Louise
    2019-03-09 13:00

    Great read I couldn't put it down. Love the idea of villa girls!

  • Piad
    2019-03-17 08:52

    An easy read. Good choice for a quite weekend or for holiday as it's light & fluffy but still enjoyable.

  • Thyrze
    2019-03-19 10:37

    Het is een leuk verhaal voor tussendoor, maar het kwam maar langzaam op gang. Ik was al over de helft toen de gebeurtenissen uit de samenvatting pas gebeurden..

  • Ana
    2019-03-12 16:36

    2.5 stars

  • Maria
    2019-03-08 14:59


  • Sharon Murphy
    2019-02-17 08:41

    I love Nicky Pellegrino.

  • Mileto
    2019-02-23 08:49

    Пълна чик лит бозичка с развитието, предсказуемо от самото начало. Описанията на природа, храни и места не е достатъчна причина, за да бъде подхваната.

  • Catarina
    2019-03-13 15:55

    Foi o segundo livro que li da autora, mas não superou o primeiro, Caffè Amore.Uma vez mais, todas as referências a Itália e à comida italiana dão vontade de regressar (e de comer melhor lá!), porque não há como não imaginar de forma imensamente vívida tudo o que é descrito com tanta destreza.Contudo, a história podia ter sido melhor explorada, melhor aproveitada. O que senti enquanto lia foi que muito se repetia, passagens, frases, acontecimentos…por mais que uma vez dei por mim a pensar que uma melhor edição no texto fez falta. Não que não seja uma história interessante. Gostei de acompanhar o crescimento de Rosie, Addolorata, Lou e Toni. Pouco se desenvolve sobre Lou e Toni, duas das Raparigas da Villa. Já sobre Addolorata (embora este livro seja realmente sobre Rosie) descobrimos muito mais, uma vez que ela e a sua família acolhem Rosie quando esta perde os pais, e a ajudam a decidir o que fazer com a sua vida. Uma amizade que parecia improvável nasce entre as duas raparigas, mas eu, enquanto leitora, não consegui sentir que tivesse verdadeira profundidade. Talvez esse tenha sido exactamente o meu problema com este livro, tudo parece muito superficial, pouco explorado. As quatro amigas não tinham nada em comum, mas por comodismo foram ficando juntas e viajando juntas. Os seus problemas (tirando a perda inicial da Rosie e o problema da Lou) não são realmente de grande drama. Gostei da Addolorata, e irei ler o livro sobre ela, porque acho que é sem dúvida a personagem mais rica, talvez por ser a única com “sangue italiano” nas veias. Quanto a Rosie, embora quisesse que alcançasse o seu final feliz, na realidade, não me suscitou reais emoções. E, sendo ela a personagem principal desta história, isso não é um bom sinal.No que respeita a Enzo, o outro protagonista desta história, a mudança foi demasiado súbita, ainda que causada por força de maior. Pareceu que Enzo cresceu sem primeiro se revoltar, e mais uma vez, acomodou-se por completo à sua nova vida. Se Rosie não tivesse reaparecido, teria seguido com a sua vida tal como estava planeado, mesmo que fosse infeliz para sempre. Que amor é esse?Quanto a Rosie, mudou também de forma tão repentina quanto repentino foi o final deste livro. Depois de tanto tempo em descrições e repetições de “dias”, a autora não perdeu tempo a terminar a história, de forma apressada e pouco elaborada, o que me incomodou muito. Ninguém que seja “bicho-do-mato” como Rosie, que goste tanto do seu cantinho e desconfie do mundo como ela desconfia muda assim repentinamente, abraça a aventura com tamanha vontade, encara a mudança com leviandade. É uma história que podia ter sido muito melhor, e podia ter deixado uma marca…assim, deixou apenas a curiosidade de saber mais sobre Addolorata e a sua família. Contudo, recomendo a autora, porque não deixa de ser uma história leve com descrições que nos fazem viajar sem sair do lugar :)

  • Dana
    2019-03-03 08:36

    I picked up The Villa Girls because I was wanted a seaside novel that I hoped would be a good summer read. This novel alternated between chapters focusing on Rosie, a young woman who recently lost her parents, and Enzo, a young Italian man on the path to taking over his family's olive oil business. Rosie was insecure but harbored a need to fit in and belong again. The book began when she stumbled into a friendship with Addolorata that landed her in a villa in Spain and resulted in her placement as the fourth girl in the exclusive club, the Villa Girls.When the girls made a pact that they would always make time for similar getaways in the future, I anticipated making several journeys with them to similarly exclusive locales. I had hoped that this would be a book that focused on four friends in the seaside villa like The Summer Girls and The Best Of Us. Instead, the action that took place in villas was minor compared to the time spent following Rosie's life in New York. Aside from Addolorata, the other two villa girls were hardly in the book, although they had plenty of sass to make their presence well known.Rosie was swept into Addolorata's family where food and fighting were normal behavior at the large Sunday family meals. That environment helped Rosie move past her parents' deaths and open up to her friend, and that journey was endearing to watch. Enzo was the dutiful son everyone assumed would take over the family's olive oil farm and the significance of his place in the story wasn't clear until the end. I wasn't overly excited by Enzo's story, and the book would have been fine without him, but I did appreciate that both narratives honed in on the Italian family dynamic, something I really enjoyed reading about that since I am Italian!Although this wasn't what I was expecting, it was a good read. The author's easy writing style gave this an air of fun even though there were series topics discussed. I would read more by this author.Please read more of my reviews on my blog: http://fastpageturner.wordpress.comor follow me on twitter at @dana_heyde

  • Edel
    2019-03-18 14:55

    This is a story about a girl called Rosie who's parents die tragically ,and apart from an Aunt and Uncle she is pretty much alone in the world until she meets Addolorota. They both spend an elicit day together eating and shopping, and when it is over Addolorata invites Rosie to come with her and her other two friends Toni and Lou to Spain.She excepts and" The Villa Girls "are born!! The holiday is a success, but when they get home again they lose contact for a while ,in this time Rosie has decided she needed to change her life so she moves out of her Uncle's place and gets a place in a flat with other people. After a meeting with a psychic she decides to get Addolorata's father Beppi's help in finding a place to buy for herself to live. Beppi is Italian and his entire family welcome Rosie into their midst. This is just what she needs , the love and support they give her as they treat her as one of their own really makes her feel part of a family. Rosie is beginning to shine with a new place and a job Adddolorata decides that they should all go on a Villa Girl holiday sooner then planned and so the four girls head to Italy this time where they meet the charming Enzo and his friends. Enzo and Rosie hit it of immediately and after their hot romance looks like it is beginning to come to the boil , Rosie and friends visit Enzo'z families Olive Grove for a dinner and things go very wrong .The entire book is wonderful and Nicky manages to write characters that I always care a lot about. The story is about relationships and families, food and friendship. A real heart warmer that I can not recommend highly enough filled with descriptions of food that will make your mouth water .

  • The Cats Mother
    2019-02-27 15:58

    I tracked this down to read mainly because it was on the Top 100 list a couple of years ago, and I felt like something light and summery. It's about 4 girls who go on holiday after finishing school, and despite not particularly getting on, decide to have more villa holidays together - apparently because they're all too dysfunctional to find friends they actually like. Rosie the heroine lost her parents in a car crash and is solitary, brittle and pessimistic; Adollorata is brash and feisty and drags her into her Italian family and teaches her to love food, thereby practically giving her an eating disorder.Every other chapter is about Enzo whose family run an olive farm; the first half of his side of the story is a bit boring as he's rather a twat, living a playboy lifestyle in the village and being under the thumb of his nonna. The girls rent a villa near where he lives and they meet and fall in love, but circumstances drive them apart and they spend the next 10-15 years (it's not specified - it obviously begins somewhere in the early 80s and ends before the advent of email) continuing their lives - Rosie becomes a food stylist and Enzo takes over the family business, until the girls decide it's time to take another holiday.I liked the food descriptions and it made me want to go on holiday somewhere sunny; I didn't like any of the characters; I suspect my book club friends will like this a lot more than I did as they're more into romance type novels, it I don't regret reading it.

  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    2019-03-12 09:44

    Rose lives in London and is orphaned when her parents die in a car accident. She has three female friends and they become the "villa girls" who go on holiday to stay in villas in various sunny countries every year or so. Enzo lives on an olive estate in South Italy which he will one day inherit. Their stories unfold in dual storylines which eventually intersect when they meet on holiday. This is an easy read that's fairly predictable but is still a lovely, summery story with more shade to it than you initially expect.Rose's storyline was immediately absorbing for me, but Enzo's takes a little while to get going. What really shines however are the gorgeous descriptions of southern Italy and the mouth watering descriptions of Italian food - this book will make you hungry!!! If you can't get to Italy on holiday, this is the next best thing - and if you are going, this would be an ideal companion.If you've read other books by Nicky Pellegrino you will recognise many of the characters and settings, but this is a standalone novel.

  • Marijke
    2019-02-20 14:46

    ....het boek gaat over de levens van Rosie en de italiaanse jongen Enzo.... 2 aparte verhalen die eigenlijk pas aan het einde bij elkaar komen...mooi verteld....Rosie die op jongen leeftijd haar ouders verliest en een klein beetje ontspoord die bevriend raakt met een 3 meiden waar ze mee op vakantie gaat ....vakantie bevalt zo goed dat ze 3 jaar later nog een keer met zn allen gaan ze komen in een klein italiaans dorpje waar ze Enzo en zn vrienden ontmoeten .... Rosie en Enzo worden verliefd...maar Enzo zn fam heeft een geheim waar de vriendinnen per ongeluk achter komen...Rosie gaat met een gebroken hart naar huis....pas paar jaar later gaan ze onverwachts terug met haar vriendinnen naar het dorpje en komen ze elkaar weer tegen.....en ja alletwee stukje ouder geworden en elkaar nooit vergeten.....kortom gewoon een mooi liefdesverhaal...

  • Celliej
    2019-03-08 09:01

    Verrassend! Ik dacht eigenlijk dat ik een chicklit aan het lezen was, waardoor ik in het begin even mijn verwachtingen moest bijstellen. Ik vond het een erg leuk, makkelijk boek waar toch een prima verhaal in zat en uiteindelijk ook de romantiek die je van een chicklit zou verwachten. Wat ikzelf erg goed vond is het feit dat je de twee hoofdpersonen leert kennen enkele jaren voordat ze elkaar leren kennen, waardoor je meer van hun achtergrond weet en er meer diepgang in het boek zit. Van deze schrijver wil ik nog wel wat boeken lezen!

  • Viviane
    2019-03-01 09:46

    Het eerste boek wat ik las van deze schrijfster, maar vast niet de laatste! Wat een heerlijk boek, je komt helemaal in zomerse en Italiaanse sferen. En je krijgt gelijk zin om een lekkere pasta klaar te maken en in de tuin op te eten. Er zijn twee verhaallijnen van de Engelse Rosie en de Italiaanse Enzo. In het begin vond ik de verhaallijn van Enzo wat traag op gang komen, daarom 4 sterren. De emoties en sfeer kon ik erg goed proeven. "Villa Rosa" ga ik ook nog eens opzoeken, deze villa kwam ook in dit boek voor.

  • Mariazita
    2019-03-17 15:50

    Depois de algumas leituras mais pesada mas muito boas, que tenho lido,um livrinho de Nicky Pellegrino é sempre bem vindo.E entramos de férias novamente , pelas terras quentes, paisagens magnificas e receitas deliciosas da Itália. Um livro destes, em que degustamos receitas cheias de sabor, um romance terno, escrito de uma maneira simples e directa , é sempre bom.E tenho mais livros da autora para ler no intervalo das próximas leitura.Aconselho a ler.

  • Nicki
    2019-02-26 10:41

    Loved this book. The story is wonderful and its written so well that as you're reading you can imagine it all happening. there are characters here from her last book 'The Italian Wedding' which I also really enjoyed, and it was nice to find out a bit more about them as there lives connected with other characters. This book is definitely not fluffy chick lit but intelligent chick lit as there is more it it than girls having a good time.

  • Ailhlin
    2019-02-26 10:57

    I really enjoyed this and it's certainly an easy summer read, both the food and the Italian descriptions were enjoyable. (view spoiler)[My one gripe however, would be that I felt that the ending was rushed, and as has happened with Nicky Pellegrino books before I felt that there wasn't complete closure, especially as regards Addolorata and her family who had essentially taken Rosie in and made them one of their own. (hide spoiler)]All in all though a good read.

  • Sherrie Howey
    2019-03-11 08:34

    This book is set in London and Italy and told by 2 people; Rosie and Enzo. The descriptions of the scenery in Italy is wonderful and the descriptions of the food makes one want to get on the next flight to Italy. This is a totally enjoyable light read and my only issue with it was the abrupt ending as I would have liked a bit more detail. Nevertheless, I have just ordered 2 additional books by the author and look forward to reading them.