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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Belles of Positano is a romantic comedy by Kaya Quinsey Holt set in the beautiful cliffside Italian village of Positano. Although the wedding dress comes in the wrong color, nothing could ruin Lorena's nuptials. Frustrated that Clara (Lorena's sister) has no date, their mother, Dahlia, arranges a date for her against her wishes. While the family company is sinking due to being unceremoniously scammed by a fraudster named Tom, James Bretton and Clara meet when they run into each other. With James' cheating ex, Heidi, also at the wedding, Clara and James agree to be each other's fake dates. Within a short time, they get to know each other's sad realities, as Clara networks her contacts to help get James' company back on track... and James falls in love with her. When he goes to tell Clara that he is in love with her, Heidi decides Clara and James are not meant to be.
I very much enjoyed this delightful romantic tale. The Belles of Positano was read in one sitting, which is very much a rarity for me. The aspect of so many people gathering on the opposite side of the world from where they lived to attend a wedding was brilliant. I was able to easily picture the scenic view which was written so descriptively, almost placing me inside an IMAX theatre. The waves breaking below as they stood on the balcony, the seasickness setting in on the ferry ride, and the shock at seeing the large yacht moored not far from the ferry itself; all were so wonderfully picturesque. The complex relationships between everyone at the wedding played out so well, even those perceived as the evil wrong-doers in the crowd. Although there were many obstacles in the way, Kaya Quinsey Holt ensured that no stone was left unturned and that everyone's story was told. As for the ending... I am still smiling. I highly recommend The Belles of Positano to fans of light-hearted romance with a side of true love.