My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
"Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after
his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer
him up, Paul’s editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest
cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery (plus the
occasional truffled pasta and glass of red wine) will offer a cure for
both heartache and writer’s block. But upon Paul’s arrival, things don’t
quite go as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves
him stranded, until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing
alternative: a bulldozer.
With little choice in the matter, Paul
accepts the offer, and as he journeys (well, slowly trundles) into the
idyllic hillside town of Montalcino, he discovers that the bulldozer may
be the least of the surprises that await him. What follows is a
delightful romp through the lush sights and flavors of the Tuscan
countryside, as Paul encounters a rich cast of characters, including a
young American woman who awakens in him something unexpected.
A feast for the senses and a poignant meditation on the complexity of human relationships, My Italian Bulldozer is a charming and intensely satisfying love story for anyone who has ever dreamed of a fresh start." --book jacket
This was a quirky, delightful read that I would highly recommend. I'm still smiling!