Is Italian Really a Language of Love?

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Flirting in Italian is a novel written by Lauren Henderson.  The book is about a British 17 year old girl named Violet Routledge.

Flirting in Italian is a novel written by Lauren Henderson.  The book is about a British 17 year old girl named Violet Routledge. While touring an art museum, Violet comes across a painting of a girl, called Painting of a Young Girl, about Violet’s age. Something was unusual about the painting, though. The girl looked identical to Violet and could be her twin, but the painting was of an Italian girl in the 1750s. Violet got really confused because she had a Scandinavian mother and a Scottish father. Violet becomes obsessed with the unusual painting and is determined to figure out this mystery girl and if there is some sort of connection between the two of them.  Violet decides to come up with an unreal excuse, which her parents believe, and heads out to Italy.

She did a lot of research and was led to Catia, who is responsible for the tours of art in Italy.  She meets many people along her journey, including 4 girls and a prince that has a connection with the portrait.  Once she gets more involved with the prince, several secrets emerge in the castle, which include danger, mystery, and romance. 

Flirting in Italian is recommended for readers 12 and older.  It is definitely geared toward the female readers.  It is 320 pages and is somewhat of an easy read but also sometimes a little confusing.  I really enjoyed the book and would give it 4 out of 5 starts  (Quattro su Cinque in Italian).