Book Reviewed: What Happens in Tuscany
Author: T.A. Williams
Recently I was given a gift certificate for doing a Beta reading of the fabulous new book by Lisa Brunette, a friend and author who writes the Dreamslipper books. It seemed appropriate to use the gift card to further support authors and find a bunch of new things to read from the Amazon eBooks, every expat readers best friend.
Since I love reading books about life, travel, relationships, adventure, etc - but I am not into romance novels - it can be hard to find the right book for me. What Happens in Tuscany seemed like it might fit the bill and the reviews were decent so I gave it a try.
Although there was nothing egregiously terrible about the book, and I enjoyed many elements of the plot, it failed to hit home. I couldn't connect with the characters. Just when I thought there was common ground, they would do something that just seemed, well, out of character. There was a dissonance that made me feel like I was lost. Throughout the entire book I just kept thinking, something is wrong. The two lead female characters didn't act or think like any women I had ever met. It was like they where copies of a copy.
Having read thousands of books in my life and never having had this experience before, I thought. What kind of woman writes a book like this? Who is like, "Hey I was ruffled, nearly sexually assaulted, and photographed nude by a stranger - but that's not a big deal." Honestly, you don't just toss in an incident like that and treat it like is was a crazy Saturday at the pool. Who thinks like this? So I google the author. It was not written by a woman. It was written by a man.