That Month in Tuscany
That Month in Tuscany . . .Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. He’s a rock star with a secret he can no longer live with. She’s a regular person whose husband stood her up for a long planned anniversary trip. On a flight across the Atlantic headed for Italy, a drunken pity party and untimely turbulence literally drop Lizzy into Ren’s lap. It is the last thing she can imagine ever happening to someone like her. But despite their surface differences, they discover an undeniable pull between them. A pull that leads them both to remember who they had once been before letting themselves be changed by a life they had each chosen. Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together - two people with seemingly nothing in common - changes them both forever. And what they find in each other is something that might just heal them both.*** Previously titled Rock Her.

That Month in Tuscany Details

TitleThat Month in Tuscany
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 19th, 2014
PublisherFence Free Entertainment
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Music, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction

That Month in Tuscany Review

  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    2.0 - 2.5 disappointing starsShort and sweet; very light reading with kisses and a small dose of spice at the very end. The story was written in first person diary-like entries from four different POVs, which I found to be spiritless and lacking vitality. Both the story and the main characters had real potential in my opinion but were lacking depth. Neither was given enough defined attention to get the job done. There was one part of the story that took the main theme off the front burner and we 2.0 - 2.5 disappointing starsShort and sweet; very light reading with kisses and a small dose of spice at the very end. The story was written in first person diary-like entries from four different POVs, which I found to be spiritless and lacking vitality. Both the story and the main characters had real potential in my opinion but were lacking depth. Neither was given enough defined attention to get the job done. There was one part of the story that took the main theme off the front burner and went into another realm altogether. It could have just as well been left untold and more time spent on the main issues that were lacking and rushed to the finale.Overall, a bit of a disappointment from start to finish.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    My first 5 star book of 2018. Finished it in a day. I loved absolutely everything about this book!! A must read!!
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't understand how people enjoyed this book, it was ludicrous. Every cliche ticked off. This story was so unbelievable that it goes beyond being fiction. The main character meets the man of her dreams in a drunken stupor the day she decides to go away without her husband? He turns out to be a gorgeous member of a rock band? He follows her to her hotel? They go on a road trip together? They escape seeing her husband by going out a back door? They rescue a puppy? The husband finds them I really don't understand how people enjoyed this book, it was ludicrous. Every cliche ticked off. This story was so unbelievable that it goes beyond being fiction. The main character meets the man of her dreams in a drunken stupor the day she decides to go away without her husband? He turns out to be a gorgeous member of a rock band? He follows her to her hotel? They go on a road trip together? They escape seeing her husband by going out a back door? They rescue a puppy? The husband finds them again just as they find out their only daughter is missing because she went out late with a "band" member! and got kidnapped on the way walking home in the middle of the night? She is tied up in a house with another girl and they will be sold? She decides to play sexy with one of her kidnappers and then goes to the bathroom and knocks out the window with a plunger and falls 2 floors and runs away naked and gets to another house? Forward a few years and our heroine and her rock star get married and she is expecting? Come on this is the most ridiculous story, even for a beach read I have ever read, or should I say skimmed. It was a bookclub book and I thought I should finish it somehow. Who knows maybe in my skimming I missed some believable stuff?!
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  • Marleen
    January 1, 1970
    Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the non-pretentious characters. Both Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper are endearing people, their wealth notwithstanding. They both embark on a trip to Italy with plenty of self-reflection to go through. Both feel let down, feel that they are at a turning point, and for Ren, it feels more bleak than for Lizzy. Actually, it's clear that they both benefit of their chance-encounter and of this change in perspective. Indeed, Lizzy’s marriage is Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the non-pretentious characters. Both Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper are endearing people, their wealth notwithstanding. They both embark on a trip to Italy with plenty of self-reflection to go through. Both feel let down, feel that they are at a turning point, and for Ren, it feels more bleak than for Lizzy. Actually, it's clear that they both benefit of their chance-encounter and of this change in perspective. Indeed, Lizzy’s marriage is on the rocks, and her daughter has turned her back to her (for rather fickle reasons). As for Ren, a rock band singer, mega popular, he feels that he can’t go on pretending to be this person he’s not. He even envisions himself ending his life. But it won’t come to that. The notion of people changing their lives, altering the pace, and living in a “dolce farniente” country, like Italy, is surely attractive. People who have money, like Ren and Lizzy, can make that change in all luxury, no problem. That’s why fiction is so great : it’s all possible! Notably, I think this book makes the reader realize that, yes, enjoying life, and being yourself, is important. That's an essential lesson for everyone.The main issue I had with this read was the daughter’s kidnapping. The way the author presents it, it appears that the kidnapping is the only way to make Lizzy's daughter "wake up" and realize her Mom is a person of value. I think this turnaround is somewhat drastic and regrettable, tending towards a certain shallowness, which I like to avoid in any read.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book under the title That Month In Tuscany. I probably wouldn’t have bought it under the title Rock Her because it looks too supermarket romance cheesy. That being said under whatever title this was a really good read. With the exception of the daughters situation i liked all of the story lines and especially the relationship between Lizzy and Ren. Definitely a brownie bite for the brain!
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  • Michelle °O°
    January 1, 1970
    I loved her other books but this one just fell short. I read this free on Kindle Library but I hate when reading a story and it ends at 75%. The rest was just filler for another one of the authors other books.The writing was great and it was told in 4 POVs which I didn't mind. But we never really got much character development and her slime-ball husband needing a lashing, but he never did get one.This book would have been better if it was just a little longer or taken out one part of the story t I loved her other books but this one just fell short. I read this free on Kindle Library but I hate when reading a story and it ends at 75%. The rest was just filler for another one of the authors other books.The writing was great and it was told in 4 POVs which I didn't mind. But we never really got much character development and her slime-ball husband needing a lashing, but he never did get one.This book would have been better if it was just a little longer or taken out one part of the story that involved the daughter. It just had too many stories in one book.
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  • Lindsey Kilburg
    January 1, 1970
    Wish I would have saved this for my beach read. Super cute read. I’ve told my husband I want to leave him and travel Italy for a month after reading this book! The author really describes the beauty of Italy and makes you feel like you are there, add to it a cute romance and you’re set!
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAlthough a lot of things happened in this story, it was solved a bit too easy to be believable. Nice enough.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Awful POVsThis book was a complete disaster. Okay first off, this book went between too many point of views (POVs). There was the heroine, her husband, her daughter, and her rock star lover. It gets even messed when they are all written in different styles. The heroine and the rock star are written in first person (I, me, etc). The daughters pov was written in third person (he, she, it) and then the oddest of them all, the husband, was written in second person (you think this and then you are a Awful POVsThis book was a complete disaster. Okay first off, this book went between too many point of views (POVs). There was the heroine, her husband, her daughter, and her rock star lover. It gets even messed when they are all written in different styles. The heroine and the rock star are written in first person (I, me, etc). The daughters pov was written in third person (he, she, it) and then the oddest of them all, the husband, was written in second person (you think this and then you are a cookie). The second person pov was just completely grammatically incorrect. How did that make it passed an editor? It was like the author was just experimenting with different writing styles throughout the book. If that isn't enough top make you run for the hills, the fact that the story is flat, boring, and lacking any type of uniqueness should do it. The characters all lack development and are extremely one dimensional. I wanted to like this book so bad. I spent my entire sick day reading it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a single redeeming quality.
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  • Linda Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished Inglath Cooper’s fabulous book and am left breathless. I could feel the pain of both Ren and Lizzy, and could sense the hope they both felt when they were together. Sometimes the unpleasant side life gets in the way and we are left with a choice – walk away from that ray of happiness we’ve found, or walk toward it with anticipation of what love and joy can be. Cooper’s descriptive style of Tuscany is breathtaking and you can feel the same sense of peace deep within that Ren and L I just finished Inglath Cooper’s fabulous book and am left breathless. I could feel the pain of both Ren and Lizzy, and could sense the hope they both felt when they were together. Sometimes the unpleasant side life gets in the way and we are left with a choice – walk away from that ray of happiness we’ve found, or walk toward it with anticipation of what love and joy can be. Cooper’s descriptive style of Tuscany is breathtaking and you can feel the same sense of peace deep within that Ren and Lizzy find with each other. Horrible things can, and often do, occur, but That Month in Tuscany proves to us that we can overcome the horrid and find true happiness if we just open that door and let it happen. This is one of those rare books that I will re-read and I will be gifting copies to friends.
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  • Chris Ruefer
    January 1, 1970
    Was there even an editor?This book was flat and uninspired. And there were factual errors that should have been caught...no one just walks in and gets a ticket to the Uffizi, Italy is 6 hours ahead of the East Coast, not behind. Characters were predictable and boring...look for a different book!
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  • kelly hayes
    January 1, 1970
    Only kept reading because I kept thinking it's got to get better...Only it didn't. It's a cheap book, poor characters, terrible story line and when you get to the end you will question why did you continue reading it when it was so bad.
  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    Horrible writer . Almost couldn't finish it . Predictable . UGH
  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I feel awful doing this. I don’t believe I’ve ever given a book such a low rating. In fact, I typically rate high because I know how much work goes into the authors work. If you have nothing else at all in the world to read... then take up reading tea leaves or smoke signals. I couldn’t even finish it it was so bad. Half way through and I just couldn’t take anymore of the eye roll inducing plot “twists”. The situation with the daughter almost made my eyes get stuck in a perpetual eye roll. T Ok, I feel awful doing this. I don’t believe I’ve ever given a book such a low rating. In fact, I typically rate high because I know how much work goes into the authors work. If you have nothing else at all in the world to read... then take up reading tea leaves or smoke signals. I couldn’t even finish it it was so bad. Half way through and I just couldn’t take anymore of the eye roll inducing plot “twists”. The situation with the daughter almost made my eyes get stuck in a perpetual eye roll. Ty is a useless flat character. Lizzie needs help- she’s a paper doll of a character, fragile and easily manipulated.I wanted to like Ren but really?! He’s just so meh. And don’t get me started on Lizzie and Ty’s daughter- Cooper should have left her out completely. I keep reading that this author has a phenomenal series called Nashville... once I get over this colossal waste of a couple hours the half of this book was I’ll consider giving Cooper another shot. Side note: I looked for spoiler reviews so I could just freaking know what happens in case it was worth it to keep reading. It’s not. It’s so not. It deserves 1 star but the author actually had to work hard so it’s 2 stars for the effort.
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  • Katie (Leave Me Alone I Am Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could give 1/2 Stars because I feel this deserves more than just 3 stars.Overall I loved the romance and how Ren and Lizzy met. The unlikely timing of their meeting at he exact time and place they needed each other is serendipitous.I did have an issue with how Ty and Kiley’s portions of the book were written. I didn’t understand how it was in 3rd person at that point. I also felt that the abduction of Kiley was not completely necessary for the story. It didn’t solve the marriage issue b I wish I could give 1/2 Stars because I feel this deserves more than just 3 stars.Overall I loved the romance and how Ren and Lizzy met. The unlikely timing of their meeting at he exact time and place they needed each other is serendipitous.I did have an issue with how Ty and Kiley’s portions of the book were written. I didn’t understand how it was in 3rd person at that point. I also felt that the abduction of Kiley was not completely necessary for the story. It didn’t solve the marriage issue between Lizzy and Ty, and it didn’t really enhance the story other than to pull Ren and her apart for the time being.Over all loved the HEA.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    A fun winter weather read Predictable, yet, entertaining. I feel this book could have been great if not for the daughter’s “issue” (don’t want to spoil that part”. I loved the various points of view. And, how the husbands was written almost essay-like ... I think it added an element of looking from the outside to the story line.
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  • Sharon Vinderine
    January 1, 1970
    sweet easy beach read -highly recommendMy first Inglath Cooper book but will be downloading many more for beach reads. Clean enough that you would let your teenage daughter read it but characters richly written enough to get swept up in fantasy. Finished it in one day and off to search for more of her books!
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  • Deb M
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 Read in a day; didn’t want to put it down
  • Lynne Spreen
    January 1, 1970
    Loved ItNot crazy about the use of second person for one character, but the story was so enjoyable it didn't matter. I've found another favorite author!
  • Deidra
    January 1, 1970
    3.75. Was a better rating for me. Simply written so easy to follow and very good book on audio...multiple readers so like a movie almost and I enjoyed the story. Could be many women’s romantic fantasy......Italy, rock star, romance, save a puppy. 😁 And then boom, little bit of thriller thrown in.
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It's a lightweight romance, and you know how it will end, but the journey there was fun!
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Courage comes in many FormsHow many marriages are portraits of indifference and tolerance ? How many mother-child relationships reflect misunderstanding and miscommunication? How to measure the courage required to accept courage under Tuscan skies. Lizzy’s story will frustrate and encourage as she gets her courage on. A nice read.
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  • Dana Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Light easy reading— not what I’d call great literature, but I enjoy reading something like this every so often. Good story telling and a one day read. Great for a beach trip. Some nice surprises.
  • Mary Herring
    January 1, 1970
    A very quick, fun read! Written from four different viewpoints. Another great beach read!
  • Jennifer Smyth
    January 1, 1970
    Charming!
  • Yolanda Lopez
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars -- I want to go to Tuscany!Light & Enjoyable Read. There was a twist in it I could have done without but she pulled it together at the end. EXCELLENT!
  • Arlene
    January 1, 1970
    ***SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT***I been a fan of Ms. Cooper since I read her wonderful amazing series "Nashville" and personally for me, Ms. Cooper couldn't do no wrongs with her gift of words...TILL "Rock her", what a disappointment...I felt cheated in so many levels, I felt no closure, when it came to Lizzy and her no good husband Ty, I was expecting a least a b*tch slap or something along those lines but nothing, nada, zero, zip, zilch..I mean this character Ty was an a** hole ***SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT***I been a fan of Ms. Cooper since I read her wonderful amazing series "Nashville" and personally for me, Ms. Cooper couldn't do no wrongs with her gift of words...TILL "Rock her", what a disappointment...I felt cheated in so many levels, I felt no closure, when it came to Lizzy and her no good husband Ty, I was expecting a least a b*tch slap or something along those lines but nothing, nada, zero, zip, zilch..I mean this character Ty was an a** hole of an epic proportions, I wanted to see Lizzy kick a** for me, at least something to leave me satisfied with these two characters..Ok I know I am way a head of myself here, let me tell you a bit about this book..Ren is a rock star, with fame, money, and a beautiful model girlfriend but isn't happy with his life, he feel guilty with the death of his brother Colby...Lizzy is an unhappy married woman...On their 20 years anniversary, Lizzy and Ty was suppose to head of to Italy, but at the last minute Ty cancel because of work and it wasn't the first time he done that to Lizzy...So Lizzy decide to just go on her own, on the airplane she met Ren...Two people with different backgrounds, different lifestyle...Now my problem with this book, it had the making of a good storyline but alone the way it failed..First with the the closure, I wanted a good a** whipping when it came to Ty, the next thing I knew, he was married to someone else and I was like, wait a minute, did I miss a chapter or 2, so I go back to see if I missed a chapter, but I didn't and I was WT* just happens, I was left hanging and then come Ren story when it came to his guilt over his brother, he was heading to Italy to commit suicide, so I am thinking for him to want to take his own life, it has to be something extreme or catastrophic..Right?? Yeah, it was sad but nothing to leave me in tears of at least a drop of a tear, I mean this character was going to kill himself...UGH!! This story had the making of a good storyline, it was sooooo rush, that I think I have whiplash..I was so disappoint with this book, I expected more, much more from Ms. Cooper..Not even the cute puppy that Ren and Lizzy rescue in Italy save this book.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Non sexually explicit stories are not my usual choice of reading material of late. I seem to read mostly new adult type stories. I like angsty, and passionate. Rock Her is a classic contemporary romance. It's a good contemporary romance, but if you like steamy, hot-enough-to-melt-the-sheets sex scenes, you're not going to find them here. I found this book via a Facebook ad, and hadn't done more than read the blurb when I downloaded it as a Kindle Unlimited read for free download.Although I loved Non sexually explicit stories are not my usual choice of reading material of late. I seem to read mostly new adult type stories. I like angsty, and passionate. Rock Her is a classic contemporary romance. It's a good contemporary romance, but if you like steamy, hot-enough-to-melt-the-sheets sex scenes, you're not going to find them here. I found this book via a Facebook ad, and hadn't done more than read the blurb when I downloaded it as a Kindle Unlimited read for free download.Although I loved the premise of the story, the part that struck me as odd were the differing POVs. A lot of authors use first person POVs, and while I prefer a narrated story, I've grown accustomed to first person story telling, as well as the trend of flipping back and forth between the hero's and heroine's POV. However, I was thrown by Ms. Cooper's choice of telling the story from the POVs of four different characters while using different voices.For instance, the main characters, an unappreciated Virginia housewife and a disillusioned rock star, Lizzy and Ren, each tell their portion of the story from their own POV. Lizzy's husband, Ty, a successful Virginia criminal attorney, but lousy husband, told his story from a second person POV. As though the reader was Ty and your story was being told back to you. Personally, I actively avoid reading books that are exclusively told in the second person POV as I find it detracting from, rather than beneficial to, the story. Then finally, Kylie's, Lizzy's and Ty's college age daughter, part of the story is narrated by an unidentified party. I kept thinking that at some point the reasoning behind the different POVs would be revealed. It wasn't. I'm honestly not sure what the point of telling the story from Kylie's and Ty's POV was. I liked the story well enough. Ms. Cooper is a very talented writer. However, I believe the entire story could have been, and maybe should have been, narrated, thus cutting out the confusing flip flopping of the POVs.
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  • Kieraanne
    January 1, 1970
    I started this book expecting it to be a silly romance novel. It wasn't. Lizzy and Ren had depth and backstories and emotions and motivations and everything to convince you they could actually be people. Their conversations and thoughts were introspective and deep and great for helping you take a look at yourself and the world around you. I fully expected after the first 30% of the book for it to be an Eat, Pray, Love thing where the main characters travel Italy while learning about themselves a I started this book expecting it to be a silly romance novel. It wasn't. Lizzy and Ren had depth and backstories and emotions and motivations and everything to convince you they could actually be people. Their conversations and thoughts were introspective and deep and great for helping you take a look at yourself and the world around you. I fully expected after the first 30% of the book for it to be an Eat, Pray, Love thing where the main characters travel Italy while learning about themselves and the world around them. I thought it would end with them parting ways and each going back to their own lives, better for having known each other. So that's the direction it was going. Then I don't know what happened; maybe the author got tired of the story? But (view spoiler)[ her daughter gets kidnapped and almost sold into sex slavery? WTF? What the crap does that storyline have to do with anything? How does it further the plot? I guess it helped to bring Lizzy and Ty back together to try to make a go of it (and really who wanted that to happen anyway?), but seriously. What. The. Crap. Then the "happy " ending is just glossed over really quickly; lots of time passes, Ren shows back up, they finally get together, time passes, he proposes, flash forward, she's pregnant (which at 41 is something of a novelty without help), the end. (hide spoiler)] So the ending was a little harder to swallow and didn't really fit with the rest of the story. I totally would have given the book 4 stars if not for the random trajectory the storyline took.
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  • Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay book, but also disappointing in a few ways. First of all, I wanted more from the setting. I didn't really feel like this was a book set in Italy, which was disappointing. Yes, there was some description, but the descriptions felt thrown in and not vivid enough. I also thought there were too many POV's. I thought the author should have focused on Ren and Lizzy. We didn't need chapters on Ty and Kylie. Kylie's chapters were extremely unnecessary and Ty's chapters made me angry and This was an okay book, but also disappointing in a few ways. First of all, I wanted more from the setting. I didn't really feel like this was a book set in Italy, which was disappointing. Yes, there was some description, but the descriptions felt thrown in and not vivid enough. I also thought there were too many POV's. I thought the author should have focused on Ren and Lizzy. We didn't need chapters on Ty and Kylie. Kylie's chapters were extremely unnecessary and Ty's chapters made me angry and made the story a bit predictable. His chapters also made certain parts about the ending seem a bit two faced because we knew exactly what he was thinking.Ren and Lizzy were good characters and I enjoyed their chemistry and developing relationship. I can appreciate that the author did not move too quickly with them and their ending was very satisfying.
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