Audiobook Review: A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Listening Length: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Guest Reviewer: Shee Reader
Our story opens with Bobby McGrath having a hilarious conversation with his mother on the telephone. Bobby, a law student, is about to embark on a trip to meet his Italian relatives for Christmas.
He arrives after a long trip on the island of Capri, to see the amazing villa and the extended family surrounded by amazing views, none more gorgeous than Bobby’s cousin Paolo Mascobello. Paolo is charged with acting the tour guide to the visiting American and a relationship develops quickly. Paolo is a man with hidden depths and Bobby is soon entranced, and gifts Paolo with his virginity.
The characterisation is nicely done, the descriptions of the beautiful island had me feeling like I was there with the two lovely men. The dialogue is well written, engaging and is frequently funny. I liked Bobby from the outset, and Paolo quickly grew on me. Their chemistry is hot and the friendship that develops is lovely. Bobby sees something in Paolo that his family sneers at - his talent, and it’s just the thing Bobby needs to try to persuade Paolo to come home with him.
The Narration is very good, great characterisation and a beautiful Italian accent I really enjoyed listening to. That said, it was a little scary that Joel Leslie’s “Bobby’s mom” voice sounded scarily like my jewish auntie from Philly!
The ending is sweet, and a little surprising. My favourite bit being Bobby suspecting the mother’s cooked up the whole thing to get the two men to meet!
I’d highly recommend this sweet little Christmas tale of love and beauty.
A free copy of the audio book was provided in return for an honest review.
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