Though it started out slow I loved the storyline, which rewarded
in the end for sticking with it.
I got a kick out of Lucia's friends and close-knit large family. Even though they drove
each other crazy, they all came together in times of trouble and
The little touches, such as including recipes for delicious Italian dishes, added even more flavor
to the story. (Sorry. Couldn't resist that one!)
I thought it was very interesting how the book followed the life of a
young career girl in the 1950s. That couldn't have been an easy
time to be breaking out in the business world as a woman, when you
were expected to go back to the kitchen now that the boys were home
from the war.
Size-wise Lucia wasn't really described except to say that the men all
admired her figure. Given the time period and what was in vogue
then, I couldn't help but picture a young Sophia Loren type of gal.