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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Alex Corso embarked on a new adventure by moving to Rome for a contract position with Zero Otto Marketing. His boss, Eleanora Persini, assigned him to work with Pernille Bjorn. Pernille, Scandinavia’s famous chef and cookbook author, was making her debut in Italy. Alex was in charge of promoting her and her new cookbook through television programs, publicity events and social media. However, he was unable to leave his past behind, especially his convoluted relationship with Emily Whitehead. Emily and he met during freshman year at a Boston college, and he had been infatuated with her ever since. Author Lorenzo Petruzziello has written an unique, complex romantic tale in The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy. It had been seven years since he and Emily had any communication, and her visit to Rome presented a crossroads moment for them. At the same time, his work with Pernille, and a brief interlude with an Italian woman, add to the story’s intricacies.
This book is a quick read, as the writing flows easily back and forth, from the present day 2011 to Alex’s and Emily’s 1990s college days. Rome is beautifully and realistically described, from the restaurant and bar culture, to the old buildings and tourist sites, to the unforgiving paparazzi. The book is written from Alex’s perspective; it is refreshing to delve into the thoughts and feelings of the male side of romantic relationships. The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy, written by Lorenzo Petruzziello, is a delightful and thought-provoking tale. The reader is engaged throughout the entire story, and it is not clear how it will all work out until the last pages of the book. An entertaining read!