The Italian Party
by Christina Lynch
My rating: 3 stars
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 20, 2018)
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction
Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.
When Scottie’s Italian teacher—a teenager with secrets of his own—disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael’s dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.
Half glamorous fun, half an examination of America's role in the world, and filled with sun-dappled pasta lunches, prosecco, charming spies and horse racing, The Italian Party is a smart pleasure.
The Italian Party by Christina Lynch
Some humor, some intrigue, a little espionage and a lot deceit highlight the tale of THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch is like a Picasso, jagged, colorful and often needing a second look or two to digest what we are seeing. Scottie and Michael marry, but it isn’t love that brought them together, it was secrets hidden, and now they will use each other to carry out their facades.
Michael is purportedly a tractor salesman relocated to Italy, but one of his secrets is that he is so much more. His other secret would destroy him as a man, label him as a freak of nature.
Scottie is childlike, naïve to the world around her, playing in the adult world with the presence of a princess who has never left the castle. Her body becomes a playground.
As the truth of Michael’s true purpose in Italy is unveiled, their lives will become further steeped in deceit and danger until they tentatively learn to work together, and give honesty a try. Who was using whom?
The beauty of Italy comes through almost in a dreamlike quality. Rich descriptions make the surroundings come alive. Michael’s character is both understandable and likable. He actually comes across as extremely brave, considering what he is up against. I am not sure I ever fully understood Scottie, or if I did, what I understood I didn’t care for. I would have to say, her actions definitely would color the world’s opinions of America and Americans.
All in all, there is a good soap opera here, with some fascinating political intrigue for the mid-twentieth century!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press!