If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. (2019).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Angie has always wanted to travel but at 27 she’s never left her mining hometown of Coober Pedy in Australia. She discovers the world through stories from other travellers. When her grandmother passes away leaving Angie with no family, it’s time for her to begin travelling. But then she finds out about her previously unknown father and instantly knows where to begin her journey – his location in Italy. As Angie sets out to learn the truth of her family, will the mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?
This author is a well established bestseller writer, and yet this novel is the first of hers I’ve read. I will definitely read some of her previous ones when I get the chance because I really enjoyed this book. It was a lovely, feel-good, heart-warming kind of plotline with a few spots of sadness throughout. Angie ends up being nicknamed Angel and honestly that totally suits her character because she really is an angel and I was happy for her when she finally made it out of her hometown. Allessandro was a dreamboat tortured lost man who readers will no doubt feel for. I enjoyed the romance aspect of the book as well as the family building for Angie, although I think the focus is definitely more on the romance than the relationship between Angie and her newfound family. The author did an amazing job of describing the Italian scenery, it certainly sounded stunning and convinced me I should visit someday.
I think this book would make a fantastic weekend/holiday read.