Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
A Woman of Culture by CC. Carpenter is a romance novel about an ambitious career-oriented woman navigating work, marriage, and motherhood as she comes to terms with her in-laws from a vastly different culture. Nancy Paris is an Englishwoman from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, working as a senior accounting manager for a top firm in Boston, Massachusetts. On a visit to the local nightclub, The Sixers, with her friend Alise, Nancy meets a handsome Italian American man named Massimo Russo. After a string of dates, where they fall head over heels for each other, Nancy and Massimo decide to get married. But Nancy is in for the culture shock of her life as she struggles to get over the imposing nature of her in-laws. Will she be able to balance her work and family life?
A Woman of Culture is an entertaining novel about love, female empowerment, and cultural assimilation that readers of women-centric literature are bound to enjoy. Author C.C. Carpenter brilliantly portrays the stark contrast between English and Italian cultures and makes a point to reiterate the age-old adage of love being able to overcome the greatest of obstacles. I found the plot to be quite fast-paced, and the characters felt lively and colorful. Nancy and Massimo's relationship is the focal point of the story, and it drives the narrative. I also enjoyed the relationship dynamic between Nancy and her in-laws. The scenes involving Nancy and her sister-in-law Luciana made for some particularly entertaining moments. I enjoyed A Woman of Culture from start to finish, and I think romance lovers will feel the same.