Italy, Maranello, France, Switzerland – From Italy with Love – Jules Wake

Italy with love

Why a booktrail?

A woman is left a Ferrari in her uncle’s will, but to earn it, she must take it on an journey across France, Switzerland and Italy and send postcards from various places. Sounds like fun to us!

Story in a nutshell

Laurie loves comfort and home life- she works in a library, has a reliable boyfriend and thinks she’s happy. But when she’s offered the chance of a Ferrari and has to undertake a road journey across Europe to get it, she is somewhat nervous.

Her uncle Miles was known as an eccentric but what he is proposing – this drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… seems to be the maddest idea of all.

Cam is there for the ride in more ways than one – he’s got his eye on the flashy car and is prepared to do al he can to get it. It should be easy – he’s the guide after all.

But Uncle Miles is really the one in the driving seat – for the route is a special one and they’re about to see just what twists, turns and bumps he has planned along the way

Place and setting

France - Honfleur -http://en.ot-honfleur.fr/discover-honfleur/heritage/the-old-dock/ The old port is one of the prettiest parts of the town. Laurie is fascinated as they arrive here. Loire Valley They visit Chateau de la Mioroir in the book which is fictional but this one is one of our favourites and one of the most impressive in the area - http://www.chenonceau.com/ Bormio Town close to the Stelvio Pass area. A small medieval town and surrounded by mountains Lake Garda - Riva del Garda There was no doubt about it. Riva del Garda had to be one of the prettiest spots in Europe Maranello Home of the Ferrair and destination of Laurie and Cam’s journeyhttp://museomaranello.ferrari.com/prices-and-tickets/
France – Honfleur http://en.ot-honfleur.fr/discover-honfleur/heritage/the-old-dock/
The old port is one of the prettiest parts of the town. Laurie is fascinated as they arrive here.
Loire Valley
They visit Chateau de la Miroir in the book which is fictional but this one is one of our favourites and one of the most impressive in the area – http://www.chenonceau.com/
Bormio
Town close to the Stelvio Pass area. A small medieval town and surrounded by mountains
Lake Garda – Riva del Garda
There was no doubt about it. Riva del Garda had to be one of the prettiest spots in Europe
Maranello
Home of the Ferrari and destination of Laurie and Cam’s journey  http://museomaranello.ferrari.com/prices-and-tickets/

A trail in a car leaving from the channel tunnel and then going all the way across France, Switzerland and finally to Italy seems like a great way to travel.

Having a preplanned journey with the task of sending a postcard from each one sounds like fun and they’re soon off travelling but at first the journey is not an easy one – with two such very different personalities in the car, the ride is bumpy from the start.

This is a journey with a difference and there are many surprises along the way – think road trip mixed with a treasure hunt of sorts and a few candid camera moments and your picture is almost complete. Laurie and Cam change quite a lot from the beginning and Laurie especially, as she gets further away from her home in Leighton Buzzard and her old life.

From the Channel tunnel, they head to Honfleur , Le Mans, Orleans and to the delights of the Loire Valley and the stunning castles there. Then off to Chaumont, Bresancon, Basle, Zurich, Monstein, Bormio and Maranello

But the real challenge is the Stelvio Pass – the journey from Switzerland to Italy and all the way to the home of Formula One – Maranello

For all car enthusiasts, this will cause extreme envy – visiting Bormio and Maranello. In a Ferrari!

No spoilers as to what happens to the car and those in it, but it’s been a rip roaring ride of surprises and romance set against a real life adventure trail and pilgrimage for Ferrari fans everywhere.

Bookish musings

Well that was an interesting journey! I could feel the wind in my hair, the roar of the engine and the scenery of various countries and places whizzing by. Such a fun ride and as many twists and turns both in the story and on the road. Never been in a Ferrari but I really want to go in a real one now!

The idea that your uncle had only left you a Ferrari if you drove it half way across Europe appealed to me. Knowing nothing about the world of Ferraris. I now know a little of that buzz world and the places people go on car pilgrimages. Quite an eye opener!

All in all a fun ride and a charming story. It’s a romantic comedy and there were more than one Bridget Jones moment with Laurie! She’d be great to travel with. Laughs all the way.

A fun read with an amazing backdrop across Europe!

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