Today I’m on the blog tour for Chickens Eat Past by Clare Pedrick….
Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love.
Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy.
“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”
Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.
Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.
This is a beautiful story of a woman’s ambition to find something more in life. Clare sees an advert on TV (where chickens eat pasta!) and on a whim, flies out to look for a new life. She buys herself a house in a little Italian village and starts renovating. But not only does she have to get used to the Italian way of life, but also village life!
We meet some absolute characters in this book, people that you would genuinely love to meet! I have to say I was slightly jealous reading this because if I were to move away somewhere it would be Italy! The food and wine in the story all sound amazing, and make your mouthwater….especially if you’re hungry!
And then there is the romance. I loved reading about her and her husband meeting and the things they go through together, it’s wonderful to have a happy ending! But there are some emotional moments in this book too so don’t think it’s all rainbows and sunshine!
This truly is a feel good story, made even more special knowing that someone has lived this and it’s true! This story will have you smiling, crying and laughing, and wishing you could be there eating the amazing food too! It just confirms to me that I NEED to visit Italy at some point in my life….the sooner the better!
about the author
Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.
Read her blog about life in Umbria here
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Check out the other bloggers on this tour too to see what they think!
Many thanks to the author for providing with a copy of the book in return for an honest review, and thanks to Rachel for inviting me to take part in the tour. All views are my own.
Have a great Tuesday!