My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodness me! Mr McCall Smith has been on a wine tour of Italy, making notes all the way. The end result is this gently humorous, kindly love story. Food writer, Paul Stuart, devastated by his girl friend's defection with her personal trainer, is encouraged by his editor, Gloria, to head for Italy, Tuscany in fact, to finish his new cook book there.
In a delightful series of disasters Paul finds himself driving to his village retreat, Montalcino, in a bulldozer. His journey, and the people he meets, the village and his adventures there are typical of McCall Smith's gentle wit, wisdom and humour. Needless to say Paul recovers from his girl friend's heartlessness, finally realises what love is all about, and the bulldozer performs some secret tasks for the village which he prefers not to know.
For those wanting a pleasant read, a chuckle and a bit of comfort that the world is not always bleak then do enjoy this novel. It really is a heart warmer.
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