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When Fernando spots her in a Venice cafe and knows immediately that she is The One, Marlena de Blasi is caught off guard. A divorced American woman travelling through Italy, she thought she was satisfied with her life. Yet within a few months, she quits her job as a chef, sells her house, kisses her two grown-up kids goodbye, and moves to Venice. Once there, she finds herself sitting in sugar-scented pasticcerie, strolling through sixteenth-century palazzi, renovating an apartment overlooking the seductive Adriatic Sea, and preparing to wed a virtual stranger in an ancient stone church. As this transplanted American learns the hard way about the peculiarities of Venetian culture, we are treated to an honest, often comic view of how two middle-aged people, both set in their ways but also set on being together, build a life. A THOUSAND DAYS IN VENICE is filled with the foods and flavours of Italy and peppered with recipes and culinary observations. But the main course here is about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn't know she was missing.
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* Consumer competition to win a weekend in Venice - all copies to be stickered with details * Review and feature coverage anticipated across the national press and women's magazines * Radio reading possible * Extract to appear in You magazine * Submitted for trade promotions * Bound proofs * Headline feature on the Virago website at www.virago.co.uk

About the Author

Marlena de Blasi has been a chef, a journalist, a food and wine consultant and a restaurant critic. The author of two cookbooks, one of which won the James Beard Award, she now directs gastronomic tours through Tuscany and Umbria.

Reviews

'An irresistible grown-up love story' USA TODAY; 'Enchanting' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY; 'Venice is almost synonymous with romance, and in this charming account de Blasi spares no detail in telling us how she fell under its spell' LIBRARY JOURNAL 'A luxurious story of sudden love' KIRKUS REVIEWS

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