Tuesday, 26 August 2014
REVIEW: The Broken Heart Diet by Tom Formaro
A sweet, sexy, and magical comedy... Time heals a broken heart. But can a plate of pasta puttanesca? San Francisco chef Dante Palermo is on the broken heart diet: he's lost the love of his life and twenty-five pounds. Can a visit from the ghost of his Sicilian nonna change all that? Not if Dante can't master his melancholy. In the midst of his emotional free fall, Dante opens a restaurant in North Beach, San Francisco's famed Italian neighborhood. As he clashes with his ill-tempered business partner, he begins a journey to career success beyond his imagination. With his heart, however, the struggles endure. On an enchanted odyssey that takes him from San Francisco to Des Moines to Rome, Dante tries to overcome his heartache and win the heart of his inamorata. Full of magic, lighthearted fun, and romance, The Broken Heart Diet tells the story of one lovelorn man's attempt to find true love
Published: 2014, Tramonto Press
Source: eBook, NetGalley
And what's this we have? A 'chick lit' written by a dude? Indeed, and it is AWESOME. Whoever said men couldn't write romance for women needs to take a long, hard look at their thoughts and acquaint themselves with this book.
I wasn't expecting much from this, given that it's a pretty breezy read, but I'm glad I didn't go in with huge expectations. For what it is - a lighthearted, easy read - it's brilliant. Full of wonderful heartwarming scenes and practically bursting with delectable food (seriously, the San Francisco food scene is so brilliantly described that I was practically salivating), The Broken Heart Diet is a wonderful debut.
Yes, I could see the ending coming a mile away, but that's exactly what you get with this genre. What I loved about this and its' formulaic predictability is that it was delivered in such a clever, funny way. I look forward to reading more from Tom Formaro.
4 out of 5