Review: When in Rome by Sarah Adams

Review: When in Rome by Sarah Adams

When in Rome by Sarah Adams is a heartwarming story that will leave readers with a smile. This modern retelling of Roman Holiday is fun and upbeat and contains a cast of fantastic characters. If you enjoy rom-coms, this is one to watch for.

Review: When in Rome by Sarah AdamsTitle: When in Rome
Author: Sarah Adams
Publisher: Dell
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 20, 2022
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


This book is super cute and is a very loose retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday. When Rae decides that she needs a break from stardom, she escapes to Rome, Kentucky, where she meets Noah Walker. While these two characters start off as enemies, they slowly become lovers after a series of humorous and laugh out loud moments.

❀ Character Driven

The story is very character driven and has so many fantastic characters, including the side characters. It is told from the perspectives of both Rae and Noah, who are so much fun and very enjoyable to read about. I loved all of the banter between Noah and Rae and their slow-burn romance makes the book a perfect rom-com.

❀ Hallmark Vibes

Although this is a retelling of a classic movie, it has a lot of Hallmark vibes. Its small town setting and close-knit community are really lovely. Noah’s  tight relationship with his family adds even more of a heartwarming feel to the story.

❀ Feel-Good Enemies to Lovers Book

When in Rome by Sarah Adams is a feel-good enemies to lovers book that will lift your spirits. If you enjoy a light rom-com, then this is a book to add to your list. Fans of the author’s other books will not be disappointed with this one.

About Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams

Born and raised in Nashville TN, Sarah Adams loves her family, warm days, and making people smile. Sarah has dreamed of being a writer since she was a girl, but finally wrote her first novel when her daughters were napping and she no longer had any excuses to put it off.

Sarah is a coffee addict, a British history nerd, a mom of two daughters, married to her best friend, and an indecisive introvert. Her hope is to always write stories that make you laugh, maybe even cry; but always leave you happier than when you started reading.

24 thoughts on “Review: When in Rome by Sarah Adams

  1. Sam@WLABB says:

    I did love the two and its inhabitants. Noah had such a wonderful relationship with his family too. His sisters were hilarious and wonderful

  2. heather says:

    This sounds like one I would love to read this winter season cute cover too. I liked reading this review thanks for sharing.

  3. Damaris Maidana says:

    What a cute book! It was recommended to me a couple of times, I hope to read it soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

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