Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Book Review: Dating da Vinci by Malena Lott

ISBN: 978-1402213939
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback: 288 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
First Line: I never intended to take home da Vinci.
One Word Review: Touching

Publisher's Description:

A gorgeous young Italian, with nowhere to go... His name just happens to be Leonardo da Vinci. When he walks into Ramona Elise's English class, he's a twenty-five-year-old immigrant, struggling to forge a new life in America - but he's lonely, has nowhere to live, and barely speaks English...

She knows she shouldn't take him home... Picking up the pieces of her life after the death of her beloved husband, linguist and teacher Ramona Elise can't help but be charmed by her gorgeous new student. And when he calls her 'Mona Lisa' she just about loses her heart...

The cover of this novel and it's blurb had me expecting a light-hearted chick lit romp. While it definitely could be considered contemporary women's fiction, it's deeper and with a more meaningful message than what I originally had assumed it would be. I think readers will sympathize with Ramona's situation and relate to her insecurities and doubts. While I felt that the male characters were at times a little too perfect (though this is pretty common in romances), I thought Ramona was written really well. The story itself is touching, yet it still maintains the fun aspects of 'chick lit.' Fans of books like P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern and movies like Under the Tuscan Sun (though not the book, as it's vastly different) will appreciate Ramona's emotional journey.

Book Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars


Anonymous said...

This one's in my TBR pile, so I'm glad to see it's a little above average. Thanks for the review.

Violet said...

I wouldn't have picked this up based on the blurb. But after reading your review i just might.

Although I did not like the writing style of P.S I love you, I did like the book as a whole

bethany said...

I enjoyed your review, and yes I agree it has much more good than the average chick lit book. I didn' think the male characters were that perfect...Da Vinci kept his stuff everywhere, was often confused life, love and himself and was not holding down a job well. Besides that I agree fully with your review :) Great work!

Traci said...


You're right. Toward the end, his flaws did seem to show up a bit more. It was more in the beginning and middle that I was thinking he just seemed a bit too...well just too nice, helpful, whatever. But, maybe that's true of real relationships, too - that in the beginning we are better able to hide our faults, and it's only as the relationship grows do our real flawed selves shine through.

Malena Lott said...

Thanks so much for the thoughtful review. I appreciate it. And your "one word review" idea is great.

Lenore said...

I should check this out! I do so love foreign men after all :)