7 Romantic Novels That Spark Wanderlust for Europe

Have you ever read a book set in Europe and instantly look up airfare prices on your phone? I was doing that this weekend while reading Anita Hughes’ new novel, Rome in Love. I frequently feel bouts of wanderlust, especially for Europe, with its old architecture and stunning sights. However, nothing makes me want to travel more than books. After living for a bit in a character’s shoes and reading about their experience abroad, I want that in real life too.

Click through the slideshow to see seven books that have me dying to make a trip to Europe.

Rome in Love by Anita Hughes

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Hughes takes us to Italy with a story about a rising star, a Roman Holiday remake, and a real princess-in-disguise. When we aren’t swept up in a whirlwind romance and Audrey Hepburn’s charming letters, we’re swooning over the locations Hughes details throughout the novel. More than just a backdrop, Rome is definitely a major character in this new romance novel.

Book DescriptionFrom the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months.

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

With her sensory descriptions of the beautiful sites, decadent food, and high fashion of Rome, Hughes draws readers into this fast-paced and superbly written novel. Rome in Love will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

Rome in Love by Anita Hughes is now available wherever books are sold.

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