In college, Pia Santore dreamed of going to New
York and taking the Big Apple by storm with her younger sister Erica. Instead,
Pia has arrived in Astoria, Queens, with a prestigious journalism internship at
a celebrity magazine—and no Erica. Though the neighborhood has an
abundance of appeal—including the delectable confections sold at her Aunt
Antoniella’s bakery—the pain of losing Erica a few years ago still feels fresh.
arrival coincides with an unexpected sighting. Italian movie icon Francesca
Donata is rumored to be staying nearby, still every bit as voluptuous and divaesque
as in her heyday. With the help of a handsome local artist with ties to
Francesca’s family, Pia convinces the legend to grant her a series of
interviews, even traveling to her house in Rome. In the Eternal City, Pia
begins to unearth the truth behind the star’s fabled romances and tangled past.
And here too, where beauty and history mingle in every breathtaking view and
hope shimmers in the Trevi Fountain and on the Spanish Steps, Pia gradually
learns how to love and how to let go. For when in Rome, you may find your carissima—your
dearest one—and you may even find yourself.
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