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  • Such a beautiful love story

    There was nothing not to love about this book, right down to the simplicity of the title. I like to make a list of words that describe a book as inspiration for what to include in the review. For this book, it has to be love, friendship, grief, good food, Shakespeare, motherhood, and family. There is a wonderful, intelligent cast of characters. Lizzie and her friends are vacationing on Elba, the island where Napoleon was exiled. Lizzy is a Shakespearean professor who has some serious health issues. Her best friend Grey writes best-selling horror novels. Grey's partner Rohan is a celebrated action movie actor who has aspirations of writing a movie adaptation for Romeo and Juliet, which leads to a lot of interesting discussions. He doesn't understand much about Romeo and Juliet. Etta is my favorite character. She is about 11 years old and running wild when Dante, her dad, is busy running his restaurant. She desperately wants a mother. Her father only spends the summers on Elba, but no matter where he is, he cooks. In Elba, his restaurant appears to be a ramshackle building but it is reservation only. There are marvelous descriptions of the food, food which I would not eat as it is mostly seafood, but that Rohan swooned over. Thinking it over, one of the love stories in this book is about good food as Rohan and Dante were both passionate about it. There are two really beautiful love stories in this book, the one between Dante and Lizzy, and the attachment that grew between Etta and Lizzy. I highly recommend this book which may break your heart a little but will also put it back together again. Love is worth the pain. Thanks to the author Mary Bly, the publisher Random House, and NetGalley for the ARC. It was my pleasure to read and review this book.

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  • Wonderful Love Story

    I loved Lizzie and Dante by Mary Bly. Lizzie and Dante is the first book that I have read by Mary Bly, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mary Bly has provided her readers with amazing characters who feel like best friends! Who doesn't love sexy men, strong, passionate females, and loving friends, who always support one another? Mary Bly has shown that she is a wonderful storyteller. Lizzie and Dante did not disappoint, I could not put it down and loved every page. I enjoy how Mary Bly writes from the perspective of the main characters. That way you get to know what is going on in each of their minds. Lizzie and Dante is a wonderful love story and is filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. I love the lighter moments where I find myself smiling and laughing out loud and the bittersweet moments that cause me to sigh, say aww to myself with tears filling my eyes. Lizzie and Dante be filled with such moments, and with so much more. It is filled with all those things that we have come to love and expect in a love story, especially the poignant and bittersweet moments that filled this page turner. Who doesn’t love a story about a love at first sight story? Lizzie and Dante is the story of Lizzie Delford, Shakespearean professor, and Dante Moretti, a chef, with restaurants in Elba, Italy and New York City and a single dad to twelve-year-old, Etta. Lizzie has been diagnosed Stage Three cancer, and heads to Elba with her first love and best friend, Grey and Grey’s lover, Rohan. Rohan wants to produce a new version of the story of Romeo and Juliet and has invited Lizzie to Elba, all expenses paid, to help him with the story. Lizzie and Dante meet, while Lizzie is sunbathing on the public beach. While Lizzie and Dante spend more time with one another over the subsequent weeks, between visits to the beach and dinners served in his restaurant, things begin to change between them. Lizzie only sees it as a summer romance and does not plan to tell Dante or Etta about her diagnosis. Grey and Lizzie meet while in foster care, it was Grey’s first placement. Grey grew to become Lizzie’s first love, until he told her that he was gay, when she thought, he was going to propose. Grey wants Lizzie to fight her cancer and have a surgery to prolong her life, Lizzie is not certain that she is willing to have the surgery. I love all the poignant moments and heartbreaking dialogue that takes place in Lizzie and Dante among all the characters. Eventually, Lizzie and Dante decide to spend whatever time that she has left together. I love when Lizzie and Dante get real with their true feelings and opens up to each other, and the impact that their love has and will have on Etta. I love how Lizzie and Dante show their vulnerable sides and how all the characters in Lizzie and Dante change during the story. I love that Lizzie is willing to give a relationship with Dante a chance, no matter how short lived the relationship may be. I enjoyed the parts of the story that were told from Etta’s perspective and all the guidance that everyone gave her because she has grown up without a mother. I loved that Lizzie and Dante is filled with valuable life lessons, and that each statement is more profound than the next. My favorite part of their love story is the significance of the engagement ring that Dante gives to Lizzie. My favorite part of the book was the epilogue and that it takes place five years later and is told from Etta’s perspective, so that the reader can get caught up with what has been happening in the lives of all the characters. I love how the epilogue went above and beyond the normal happily ever after. I love that because of Lizzie’s love and support their lives changed for the better. I enjoyed how Grey was willing to make changes in his life. I loved Lizzie and Dante’s love story and that Lizzie was willing to change because she was willing to battle her cancer because of Dante’s love. Lizzie and Dante contains all the things that I have come to love most and expect in a love story, great characters and setting, bittersweet moments and the plot twist that ties it all together. I love all the descriptions of Elba, the Bonaparte hotel, and the history lesson that Mary Bly detailed in Lizzie and Dante. Amazing story. I could not put it down. Highly recommend this bittersweet romance.

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  • Wonderful story of building a family

    This was such a good book about forming relationships and building a family of the heart no matter what your age or circumstances. The love shared by all these characters was really something special. Whether they were friends, lovers, or family members, the bonds formed by this unusual group of people created a real family, and no matter what else happens, they will always be bonded together. All the connections centered around Lizzie, and whether she thought she made the right decisions or not, these people all loved her and are better for having known her. It is also a lovely portrayal of the sea, sand, sun, food, and people of the island of Elba. It sounds like the perfect place to be for a relaxing vacation to just get away from the rest of the world. I cried through the last chapters of the book, but it really is an uplifting story. Everyone in their own way gets their happily-ever-after, no matter how long it may last because they are all better off for having spent that summer in Elba with Lizzie and Dante.

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  • Lizzie and Dante

    It was an amazing read! I love everything she writes and will continue to be an avid fan

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  • beautiful book; requires tissues...

    Triggers: cancer. But really about how afamily is created and the importance of friendship. And honesty. A deeply moving very well written love story.

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