Chickens Eat Pasta ~ Escape To Umbria by Clare Pedrick #BlogTour #Review


Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy.

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Clare Pedrick for inviting me on to this gorgeous blog tour.

Chickens Eat Pasta is an idyllic read, it’s an autobiographical story but I must admit I had to check a couple of times as it’s written in such a way that it feels like fiction. I really enjoyed this style of writing, sometimes I find autobiographies to be rather stilted and hard reading, this was the opposite.

Clare, against her families approval embarks on an Italian adventure, she buys a completely derelict property that needs a total renovation. Chickens Eat Pasta follows her journey.

My Grandad is Italian and I spent many a summer in Italy. Clare has captured the Italian way of life so well. The laid back manner, the way Italians welcome everyone into their inner circle and the total beauty of Italy. Clare’s journey via train to Italy brought back so many memories for me, we had many a train journey surrounded by Italian families with food a plenty.

There are lots of engaging people that become firm friends along the way, the love story that unfolds is gorgeous and knowing they have built a rich life together is a perfect ending.

Chickens Eat Pasta is a Story of chasing your dreams, friendship and love!

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon UK Audiobook

Amazon US Audiobook

All About Clare

Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

Where To Find Clare

Facebook page





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