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  • Reanne Powell

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is sweet! 🧡 From the characters to the pies and pancakes to the small town charm... just pure sweetness.

Amelia is a burned out pop star looking for some time away, and her car breaks down in front of Noah’s house. He reluctantly lets her stay in his guest room, but wants nothing to do with her celebrity problems. However, it doesn’t take long for Amelia to fall in love with the cozy town and the handsome pie shop owner.

This story is grumpy/sunshine trope perfection and I loved the honesty between them. There was no “I can’t believe you never told me you were famous” crisis. They worked through their problems like adults. (Obviously not a fan of miscommunication 😂) Plus I love books set in a small town! Give me all the quirky characters!

All in all, don’t miss this if you love a good romcom! Happy to have When in Rome finally join the rest of my Sarah Adams collection.

Content: closed door romance and some mild swearing.



Age: 17+

Romance level: 3/5


Pick up this book at your local bookstore or find it online:

Canada: Paperback - Kindle - Audio

From the back cover:

Amelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her adoring fans, is burned-out from years of maintaining her “princess of pop” image. Inspired by her favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is.

When Noah Walker finds Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he makes it clear he doesn’t have the time or patience for celebrity problems. He’s too busy running the pie shop his grandmother left him and reminding his nosy but lovable neighbors to mind their own damn business. Despite his better judgment, he lets her stay in his guest room—but only until her car is fixed—then she’s on her own.

Then Noah starts to see a different side of Rae Rose—she’s Amelia: kindhearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. He can’t help but get close to her. Soon she’ll have to return to her glamorous life on tour, but until then, Noah will show Amelia all the charming small-town experiences she’s been missing, and she’ll help him open his heart to more.

Amelia can’t resist falling for the cozy town and her grumpy tour guide, but even Audrey had to leave Rome eventually.


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