When in Rome...

By Gemma Townley
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345467560, 320pp.)

Publication Date: February 3, 2004

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When in Rome, do as Audrey Hepburn would do. Failing that, run off with your ex-boyfriend, carry suspicious packages through customs, and lie to the person who loves you. . . .

Georgie Beauchamp is totally happy and in love with her wonderful, dependable boyfriend, David. So why does she always daydream about running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike? It can’t mean she’s still in love with him—especially since the cad dumped her so horribly. As luck would have it, when Georgie’s daydream actually comes true, she is dressed in unglamorous sweats and carrying a curtain rod down the street, while Mike is driving an expensive sports car and looking better than Brad Pitt at the Oscars. She longs to have the glamorous life Mike can offer—and starts to think that he might want her back in his arms.

But when he invites her for a weekend in Rome, Georgie is torn. David has always said he’d take her there for the romantic getaway of a lifetime, but his work keeps him totally tied up. So she must choose: David, all comfort and reliability, or Mike, all flirtation and butterfly-stomachs. The decision isn’t too hard to make, and faster than she can say Vespa, she’s off to Rome with Mike, full of plans to frolic on the Spanish Steps and sip wine in intimate trattorias. But when David shows up unexpectedly, this roman holiday gets a hell of a lot more complicated. . . .




About the Author
GEMMA TOWNLEY is also the author of Little White Lies. She launched her writing career at the age of sixteen with a book review in Harpers & Queen. While at Reading University, Gemma, a singer, cellist, and bassist, found time to record two albums with her band, Blueboy, with which she toured the U.K., France, and Japan. After graduating, she worked on and contributed to a number of magazines, including Homes and Ideas, Pay Magazine, Expat Investor," and Company. She also wrote about music for style magazines including G-Spot and Second Generation. She later became an editor at Financial Management magazine.
Gemma is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is studying for an MBA at Henley Management College. She lives in West London with her husband, Mark.

"From the Paperback edition.




Praise For When in Rome...

“Gemma Townley’s story is infectious, charming and hysterical. She’s an author after my own heart.”
—SHERRIE KRANTZ, author of The Autobiography of Vivian
and Vivian Lives

“As sweet and frothy as a cappuccino, this engaging Roman Holiday-inspired romp reveals the importance of a ‘victory haircut’ and the transformative powers of shopping at Gucci!”
—MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, author of Cat’s Meow
and How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less

“A refreshing, funny, pacy book, it made me want to rush off to Rome and be Audrey Hepburn. I loved it!”
—SOPHIE KINSELLA
Author of Confessions of a Shopaholic

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