The Right Place by Carla Caruso. (2018).
**4 out of 5 stars**
After her fashion boutique fails, Nella returns to Torrente Blu; the market garden inherited from her late nonna. She plans to sell it quickly and avoid disagreements with her grumpy neighbour Adrian. But after Nella finds her nonna’s cookbook and discovers Adrian’s passion for this life, she starts to have a change of heart.
Esta was Nella’s nonna and came to Australia in the 1950s with her husband and daughter; can she cope with the different life here?
This lovely book had sat waiting for me to get to it on my shelf for awhile, but I’m glad I got to it eventually haha. I really loved the author’s touch of including recipes throughout the novel (definitely planning to try a few out for my Italian husband!). This is a sweet story overall I think, a woman finding her way in life and discovering her path might not be the one she always planned. The book’s primary storyline is from Nella’s point of view, with some smaller sections from her grandmother Esta’s point of view after her arrival in Australia. I liked both women and found them to be relatable, although Nella at times had me shaking my head with her actions (I found her to be a very young 30 year old in some ways).
I think this is a nice book to read, particularly between darker thriller type books, and would be happy to recommend.