From the acclaimed writer of some of the most unforgettable love stories on television comes a new kind of hybrid: compelling romance, vivid guidebook and delectable cookbook all in one.
After losing her Wall Street job, dumping her financier boyfriend, and moving back in with her parents, Claudia Davis needs a new life. Then, she reads about Le Marche, a region of Italy with breathtaking scenery, a rich cultural heritage and a tradition of farm-to-table culinary delights. Like most people, she’s never heard of it, but since it’s undiscovered it’s still affordable — and she’s got just enough to make it through a year.
On the back of a Vespa, with her handsome Italian teacher as her guide, Claudia sets about discovering the treasures of the region and eating her way from the Adriatic coast to the Apennine Mountains. But things get complicated when she crosses paths — and swords — with Giancarlo Russo, a brilliant but embittered chef. With his potential and her ambition, it’s clear they could build something together. But can they make room for love when there’s a Michelin star at stake?
“A captivating plot, evocative descriptions that make you wish you were there, and a collection of mouth-watering recipes… Lingua Terra is a triple treat.”— Ron Carlivati, Head writer, General Hospital
After losing her job, Claudia Davis finds herself in Le Marche, a little-known region of Italy with remarkable landscape, culture heritage and culinary delights. She meets Giancarlo, an embittered chef, forced to take over his family’s restaurant after the death of his father. As they fall in love, Giancarlo cooks for her and rediscovers his love for the kitchen as well. Convinced Giancarlo is a world-class chef, Claudia embarks on a mission to get him a Michelin star. Turning a family farm into a luxury resort, she succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But her relentless drive alienates Giancarlo and when a fire destroys the kitchen, the dream is lost. Claudia returns to New York, but when Giancarlo learns she’s pregnant he comes after her. With redefined values, they go back to Le Marche and open a simple inn. Surrounded by love and family, they agree their daughter Stella is the only star they will ever need.
Lingua Terra is one of those reads that sinks its teeth in and doesn’t let go until the very end. By then, I did not want to let go. The cast of characters was interesting. Both wanted to be top stars. Only they had learned along the way that there is more than to life than earning the top spot in the world. Dreams have a way of coming and changing as the characters continue their journey. Some things are worth sacrificing for…such as love and family. Everything else, falls into place. I recommend this contemporary read to all.