Antonio is a sweet, likeable guy who doesn't quite believe in the love-at-first-site story his mom tells of her relationship with his father. That is, until he sees a beautiful gelato-slurping woman across the street. Alas, however, they are not to meet yet as she promptly gets struck by a motorcycle, is whisked off to the hospital, and wakes up not knowing who she (or anyone else) is. Luckily, Antonio is there to describe what her lovely face looked like before the accident to a police sketch artist, which helps to locate her family. Also lucky for her, Antonio commits to volunteering for her care and rehabilitation.
He has an ulterior motive, however, and that is to see if she will fall in love with him as he has fallen for her, before her family intervenes and takes her back to her posh life. As her memory returns, Renatta finds that she is not the same person she was before the accident and she is not willing to blindly follow all that her mother has decided for her future, including marriage to the rich and handsome Marcello.
I enjoyed the depth of the characters that Swinton created in this story. Although one would like to mistrust playboy Stefano, dislike pushy Marcello, and hate Renattaâs controlling mother, Swinton has made them complex enough to show their likeable, or at least vulnerable, sides.
The setting and interspersed Italian words made me long to visit Milan; I could almost taste the gelato that Renatta so enjoyed throughout the story. Iâd recommend this sweet story to anyone who likes romance and yearns for love to triumph over expediency.