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If You Could Go Anywhere PDF, ePub eBook The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2019! Angie has always wanted to travel. But at 29, she has still never left her small mining town in the Australian outback. When her grandmother passes away, Angie finally feels free to see the world – until she discovers a letter addressed to the father she never knew an The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2019! Angie has always wanted to travel. But at 29, she has still never left her small mining town in the Australian outback. When her grandmother passes away, Angie finally feels free to see the world – until she discovers a letter addressed to the father she never knew and is forced to question everything. As Angie sets off on her journey to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will enigmatic stranger Alessandro help guide the way?

30 review for If You Could Go Anywhere

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I've been in a pretty bad reading slump these past few weeks (or maybe even months) and so I was pretty excited when Paige Toon's new novel finally arrived because her books usually always manage to get me out of those slumps. However, this time around, that wasn't really the case. It took me ages to get through the first half of this novel and I think I didn't really get into the story of If You Could Go Anywhere until around page 250. But I really began to enjoy the book afterwards and finishe I've been in a pretty bad reading slump these past few weeks (or maybe even months) and so I was pretty excited when Paige Toon's new novel finally arrived because her books usually always manage to get me out of those slumps. However, this time around, that wasn't really the case. It took me ages to get through the first half of this novel and I think I didn't really get into the story of If You Could Go Anywhere until around page 250. But I really began to enjoy the book afterwards and finished the rest of it in one sitting. So fingers crossed I might finally be done with the reading slump now. Right now, I'm going to rate this book three stars but I think my reading slump definitely negatively influenced my reading experience. That's why this is more of a preliminary rating and I'll definitely try to go back and reread it once I'm really in the mood for it. instagram || my blog || twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr **4.5 stars** If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. (2019). Angie has always wanted to travel but at 27 she's never left her mining hometown of Coober Pedy in Australia. She discovers the world through stories from other travellers. When her grandmother passes away leaving Angie with no family, it's time for her to begin travelling. But then she finds out about her previously unknown father and instantly knows where to begin her journe *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr **4.5 stars** If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. (2019). Angie has always wanted to travel but at 27 she's never left her mining hometown of Coober Pedy in Australia. She discovers the world through stories from other travellers. When her grandmother passes away leaving Angie with no family, it's time for her to begin travelling. But then she finds out about her previously unknown father and instantly knows where to begin her journey - his location in Italy. As Angie sets out to learn the truth of her family, will the mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way? This author is a well established bestseller writer, and yet this novel is the first of hers I've read. I will definitely read some of her previous ones when I get the chance because I really enjoyed this book. It was a lovely, feel-good, heart-warming kind of plotline with a few spots of sadness throughout. Angie ends up being nicknamed Angel and honestly that totally suits her character because she really is an angel and I was happy for her when she finally made it out of her hometown. Allessandro was a dreamboat tortured lost man who readers will no doubt feel for. I enjoyed the romance aspect of the book as well as the family building for Angie, although I think the focus is definitely more on the romance than the relationship between Angie and her newfound family. The author did an amazing job of describing the Italian scenery, it certainly sounded stunning and convinced me I should visit someday. I think this book would make a fantastic weekend/holiday read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com If You Could Go Anywhere is the uplifting, heart-warming and well travelled new novel from ‘the million copy bestselling author’ Paige Toon. Just how far would you be willing to go for love? This question is posed by Paige Toon in her latest novel. Following the life journey of Angie, If You Could Go Anywhere is about finding your place in the world, connecting with your roots and building a future. Paige Toon’s latest novel introduces Angie, a young Australi *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com If You Could Go Anywhere is the uplifting, heart-warming and well travelled new novel from ‘the million copy bestselling author’ Paige Toon. Just how far would you be willing to go for love? This question is posed by Paige Toon in her latest novel. Following the life journey of Angie, If You Could Go Anywhere is about finding your place in the world, connecting with your roots and building a future. Paige Toon’s latest novel introduces Angie, a young Australian woman, who has lived a sheltered existence in the mining town of Coober Pedy. But Angie has big dreams and she would love to explore the world. When Angie’s beloved grandmother passes away, she is a delivered a big wake up call. Angie has a broken heart, but she knows now is the best time to set her travel plans into motion. While packing up to embark on her big adventure, Angie comes across a life changing letter. Inside the letter are details pertaining to the true identify of her father, a man she believes did not exist. In an effort to connect with her biological father, Angie begins her journey in Italy. In Italy, Angie finds a new family, friendship, shock revelations and love. Endorsed by my book club, Paige Toon is an author I have not experienced before. I had high expectations going into this novel, through positive comments I had heard about this author’s work. Thankfully, the praise was warranted, If You Could Go Anywhere was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining novel. The whole novel sits on Angie, the main protagonist of If You Could Go Anywhere. Toon’s characterisation is spot on. I immediately took a liking to Angie. Angie was strong but also vulnerable, approachable, inspiring and embracing. I really connected with her journey to find meaning in her life. I also cheered her on as she made leaps and gains in her life. It was heartening to see Angie spread her wings and commit to achieving the things she wanted the most in life – a family, to explore the world and find love. Another aspect that I truly adored about this novel was the strong sense of place that pervades the whole novel. I always like to get a feel for an author who is unfamiliar to me and while perusing the author bio in this book, I was quite taken with the fact that Paige Toon is a travel enthusiast. I feel this passion for exploring the world has been injected into her novel. Paige Toon comes from a background spent living across three different countries – England, America and Australia. This has put Toon in good standing to produce a novel that revolves around travel experiences. If you have been bitten by the travel bug, expect to be dazzled by this new book from Paige Toon. The Italy based sequences are magical! On the flip side, if you are a reader that knows very little about mining life in Australia’s remote locations, Paige Toon accurately summarises what life is like living in a cavern style arrangement in Coober Pedy. I loved the accompanying opal mining operation references too! Fascinating! I have been told that Paige Toon is quite the queen of contemporary romance and I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into a well crafted romance. Toon does not disappoint in this department and I am sure she will earn new fans, as well as impress her existing fans. There is plenty of emotion to get swept up in while delving into the romance side of things in the novel. By the close of If You Could Go Anywhere, I did feel satisfied by the love story. However, I think my heart went out to the tender father/daughter and the other family relationships that form during the course of this novel. Paige Toon definitely pulls out all the stops for her latest, If You Could Go Anywhere. She deftly combines a globetrotting adventure, with a heartening story of being reunited with your family and testing the waters of a new love along the way. A solid example of a life lit title, If You Could Go Anywhere will spark plenty of self examination and inspire you to set your sights afar, while leaving your heart feeling full. *I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    jenny

    I'm kind of sad. This is the first Paige Toon book that I couldn't rate 5 stars. Maybe it wasn't her best work or maybe it's me - real life sucks sometimes. Maybe I'll re-read it sometime in the future and see how I like it then.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Angie has never left the small mountain town she grew up in. Despite always wanting to travel from a young age. "If you could go anywhere, where would you go?" A family tragedy and discovery changes this. Now in Italy she meets a guy named Alessandro. He's troubled by his own family tragedy. I also think he's worth fighting for just like Angie. Even with all the crazy jumps he does on the anniversaries. I love his van named Frida. Angie was such a relatable and loving main character, a nice chang Angie has never left the small mountain town she grew up in. Despite always wanting to travel from a young age. "If you could go anywhere, where would you go?" A family tragedy and discovery changes this. Now in Italy she meets a guy named Alessandro. He's troubled by his own family tragedy. I also think he's worth fighting for just like Angie. Even with all the crazy jumps he does on the anniversaries. I love his van named Frida. Angie was such a relatable and loving main character, a nice change from unrelatable leads. Alessandro is also a great guy to match her. It's nice how the relationship progresses and doesn't just happen out of nowhere. I love a book which demonstrates a friendship before turning into lovers. I wouldn't have chosen a better person for her to travel with. I always look forward to a Paige Toon Book and this one did not disappoint. 4.5 Stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Smith

    A new novel by Paige Toon is always a welcome treat. If You Could Go Anywhere is a romance/coming of age/travelogue that is based heavily on the author’s feelings of wanderlust, drawing on her own experiences travelling in Australia, Italy and Norway. It’s steeped in atmosphere, the places, the tastes, and the sensations – all coming to life on these pages. It’s a very enjoyable novel and I could really see it playing out as a movie. ‘Oh, Nan…I’m overwhelmed with grief at the thought of her and d A new novel by Paige Toon is always a welcome treat. If You Could Go Anywhere is a romance/coming of age/travelogue that is based heavily on the author’s feelings of wanderlust, drawing on her own experiences travelling in Australia, Italy and Norway. It’s steeped in atmosphere, the places, the tastes, and the sensations – all coming to life on these pages. It’s a very enjoyable novel and I could really see it playing out as a movie. ‘Oh, Nan…I’m overwhelmed with grief at the thought of her and desperately sad that she kept this part of my family from me.’ What started as a coming of age/discover who you really are type of novel quickly veered into a contemporary romance though. This did bother me at times, particularly as this storyline overshadowed the father/daughter relationship which was, to my mind, the actual point of the novel. The romance plot was also quite predictable in its trajectory, lacking the uniqueness of Paige’s previous novel, Five Years from Now. All this aside though, I still really enjoyed this story, and that is largely due to the character of Angie, who was very well crafted and authentically realised throughout. She’s a fixer, a helper, a pleaser; she’s intrinsically good, but not in an annoying way. She’s the type of person who acts without artifice and genuinely deserves good fortune. Having such an endearing character to champion balanced out the other aspects of the story that niggled at me, so that by the time I had reached the end of this novel, I felt as though it had been a very satisfying read indeed. I tend to be a bit nitpicky about romances though, so my fussiness is often not a reflection of the story but more about my reading mood and general mindset at the time. There are some very heartfelt moments along the way for Angie and Alessandro, which go a long way towards bursting the romance bubbles and carving out a proper foundation for a relationship, which appealed to me far more. ‘It’s crazy. Frighteningly crazy. I have no experience with mental illness and the thought of trying to make Alessandro see sense scares the hell out of me. All I know is that I’ve got to try.’ Fans of contemporary romance and lovers of food fiction will relish within the pages of this novel. It really is a treat for the senses and if you long to travel to Italy but haven’t ever gotten there, then this is also an ideal read for you. A great one to pick up for the coming long weekend! ‘You’re like no one I’ve ever known. So open and honest and true and pure and good and loving and forgiving and so beautiful, inside and out. I thought maybe you really were an angel.’ Thanks is extended to Penguin Random House Australia for providing me with a copy of If You Could Go Anywhere for review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    As always this novel from Paige Toon has some of my favourite elements that I love to read about. It has travel, it has romance and it has our main character finding a sense of independence-definitely the kind of things I like to read about. If you're thinking of picking up this novel looking for the usual kind of escapism that you normally find in a Paige Toon novel then you are definitely in the right place. This book has awesome scenes of Italy., the food the fun and the awesome scenery. I lo As always this novel from Paige Toon has some of my favourite elements that I love to read about. It has travel, it has romance and it has our main character finding a sense of independence-definitely the kind of things I like to read about. If you're thinking of picking up this novel looking for the usual kind of escapism that you normally find in a Paige Toon novel then you are definitely in the right place. This book has awesome scenes of Italy., the food the fun and the awesome scenery. I loved being in Denver and being transported from the snow away and into the warm sunshine of Ital. Angie is an interesting character and it took me a while to work her out. I couldn't decide whether she was independent or not. I think she has been the big fish in her little world and now she has been thrown into the big bad world in another country for that matter, she does seem to flounder a little initially. I like the premise behind the fact that she hasn't really travelled and hasn't really left her comfort zone and now she REALLY has. I loved her sense of adventure and also her fearlessness. She chases what she wants even if that means facing her fears. The two male characters in this novel were definitely less easy to warm to. I initially got them confused with each other I think this might have been because I was listening on audiobook and I would have been better acquainted with them had I seen them written down. Alessandro seems like a bad boy and don't get me wrong I love to read about a rebel without a cause but I sometimes felt like he might be just a bit too much of a risk for our Angie. There are plenty of moments in this book that will give you that same adventurous thrill that Angie is feeling, there are also romantic moments and a little bit of heartbreak. I loved escaping to Italy with Angie and I liked the personal journey that she went on as the novel progressed. Another wonderful dose of escapism from Paige Toon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    tara

    ''I’m not an angel.' I whisper. 'I’m just a girl who loves you.'' A gorgeous, enjoyable book. Descriptively picturesque. It was about so many important things; friendship, family, grief, blame, forgiveness and most of all it had an incredible love story at its heart. The: I want to believe in this true type of love. Alessandro and Angie were everything. ''I love you. Utterly. Deeply. Profoundly… Boundlessly. Ceaselessly. Infinitely… Acutely. Desperately. Unequivocally.''

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Paige Toon has done it yet again and delivered a wonderful book, that had me almost crying poolside in places as I read it. Angie has always wanted to travel, but for various reasons has never really left her small mining community, in Coober Pedy, Australia, let alone gone abroad anywhere. When her beloved Nan dies, she is finally free to explore and by chance she discovers details about the father she had never met or known the name of. Which leads to her flying to Rome for the summer to meet h Paige Toon has done it yet again and delivered a wonderful book, that had me almost crying poolside in places as I read it. Angie has always wanted to travel, but for various reasons has never really left her small mining community, in Coober Pedy, Australia, let alone gone abroad anywhere. When her beloved Nan dies, she is finally free to explore and by chance she discovers details about the father she had never met or known the name of. Which leads to her flying to Rome for the summer to meet her remaining family for the first time. And the gorgeous Alessandro is on hand to help translate and generally smooth things over. I loved discovering just what secrets Alesssandro is hiding, and he is a far more complex character than you would realise at first glance. There is not too much of the touristy bits of Rome, but we do get to see some other parts of Italy too, and since Giulio, her father, owns a restaurant, there is plenty of food mentioned. I was hooked from the first few pages, as Paige explains what life is like for Angie, and then the travel aspect I was always going to adore. This is a wonderful story and a must for all Toon fans, or generally women's fiction with heart fans! I adored this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    Netgalley.com gave me the opportunity to read a sample of this book - the first couple of chapters - and from what I have read, it looks like a really good book! I hope I will have the opportunity to read this book! It's about a girl who always dreamt to travel the world but who was stuck in her hometown in Australia to take care of her grandmother who was sick. We discover this girl the day her grandmother dies and suddenly she has a whole new life waiting for her. Very intriguing. Can't wait t Netgalley.com gave me the opportunity to read a sample of this book - the first couple of chapters - and from what I have read, it looks like a really good book! I hope I will have the opportunity to read this book! It's about a girl who always dreamt to travel the world but who was stuck in her hometown in Australia to take care of her grandmother who was sick. We discover this girl the day her grandmother dies and suddenly she has a whole new life waiting for her. Very intriguing. Can't wait to have my hands on the full book! THank you Netgalley!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    My goodness, If You Could Go Anywhere is an absolutely wonderful story; one of my favourites of the year! Writing this review has mostly consisted of me staring at a blank page for hours on end, wondering where I can find the words to sum it up… If you could go anywhere, where would you go?That’s the question Angie has asked everyone since she was young. Living in the very remote town of Coober Pedy (in the Australian outback) she has a bedroom ceiling full of postcards from where others have vis My goodness, If You Could Go Anywhere is an absolutely wonderful story; one of my favourites of the year! Writing this review has mostly consisted of me staring at a blank page for hours on end, wondering where I can find the words to sum it up… If you could go anywhere, where would you go?That’s the question Angie has asked everyone since she was young. Living in the very remote town of Coober Pedy (in the Australian outback) she has a bedroom ceiling full of postcards from where others have visited and lived and has always wanted to follow in her late mothers footsteps by seeing the world… That was her plan until her granddad died in an unfortunate mining accident and soon after her Nan developed dementia and Angie became her fulltime carer. Now at 29 and with her Nan’s passing she has nothing stopping her living those dreams. Whilst toasting to new adventures with her best friend, Angie finds a letter tucked away which sets sail to where her adventure should begin… Italy – Rome! If You Could Go Anywhere is the epitome of a page-turner; you begin this journey with Angie and you don’t want to stop for a single moment! I loved how this story was constructed; whilst discovering about Angie’s new life in Italy and joining her on her adventures, we’re also taken on a journey back, learning about what her life was like before that growing up with her grandparents. In doing this it also shows the huge contrast between Coober Pedy and Italy; two absolutely wonderful locations that draw you in, yet worlds apart in everyway. From the almost alien looking outback town of Coober Pedy; with it’s dust, quietness, dullness, and these mounds of earth where people are living in these underground dugouts, to a bustling, colourful and noisy Rome and all it’s Italian charm. As a character Angie is one you instantly warm to; she’s caring, kind, strong, determined, incredibly selfless and just has a real love of people – what you see is what you get. Whereas Alessandro, who has a connection to Angie’s dad and guides Angie along in Italian life, by finding her a place to stay, being her tour-guide and friend is a much more complex character. He’s dark, striking and charming, but he’s incredibly frustrating at times, blowing hot and cold towards Angie – you instantly sense there’s hidden secrets, a darkness, vulnerability within him which adds a layer of mystery to the story. I really enjoyed their relationship developing; as I say, there were times I felt frustrated for Angie with his behaviour, but there were also some lovely playful and thoughtful moments between them. Whilst travelling alongside Angie as she explores the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy, we’re not only provided with a beautiful story, all within a stunning backdrop, there’s also history to be learnt. I’ve said it many times, but I adore Italy, despite never (yet) been, I’ve fallen in love with it more and more through reading, so, If You Could Go Anywhere tickled all my buds! Toon not only takes us to the touristy spots, but she opens your eyes to little hidden gems, her descriptions are detailed and alongside looking at photos on google I felt I was really there and did honestly learn and discover things. And whilst I say her writing is detailed in descriptions, what I should also add is that by no means turns this book into a tourist guide – she balances it out perfectly with just the right amount of detail to immerse you, but never letting the story take a back-step. The same goes for Coober Pedy – what a gem! I’d never even heard of this place (Geography is not my strong point) where people lived in caves (actual caves!), there were hotels to stay in in caves, I was dazzled, straight over to my friend google and then researching how much it’d cost me to go stay there!! I loved the sense of community I got from this place and again, steeped in history of Australia’s opal mining industry – I particularly enjoyed  how the opal story was also blended into Angie’s story. THANK YOU Paige Toon for opening my eyes to so much. Those with smaller roles in this story also make a big impression, from Angie’s eccentric father Giulio, to her housemate/friend Christina and waiter Stefano – as doesSerafina’s the family restaurant – which also adds much charm and provides for some very memorable and humorous moments! My time in the little restaurant (which could give a soap opera a run for it’s money at times!) and with these secondary characters always brought a smile to my face. Whilst If You Could Anywhere oozes out joy, charm and adventures galore, there’s another layer to the story which takes the reader to incredibly dark places at times. Toon explores alzheimer’s, depression, grief, mental health and suicide; that lack of self worth and guilt that slowly suffocates you. The events near to the end of this story really had my heart leaping out of my chest! A book about family, friendship, travel, love, forgiving others and most importantly, forgiving yourself. From Australia’s Coober Pedy, to Rome, Tivoli, Pompeii, Venice, Bologna and Florence, to Norway and the Goreme National Park in Turkey; this book is one HUGE adventure and one I’m sad to be saying goodbye to. I ADORED every moment of this uplifting, inspiring, heart-wrenching, beautifully romantic story. If You Could Go Anywhere is gorgeous storytelling that’s filled with characters you take to your heart and charming settings; it will fill your senses to the brim and take you on a journey uncovering the deepest of emotions and rawest of feelings, making it Paige Toon at her absolute best!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marjo

    2,5 stars. I loved the travel parts, learning about Coober Pedy, lots of beautiful places in Italy and Göreme National Park in Turkey sounds beautiful. BUT, the story wasn't for me. I don't want to spoil anything, but the reasons the main love interest did what he did and how the story continued from there, were just too much for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* The best book I have read so far in this year!!! Paige Toon just manages it every time, her writing is magical! In this book we follow Angie, who lives in Coober Pedy, a mining town, she has never left Australia and is now 29 years old already. She lost her mum as a baby and then her grandfather and now her grandmother, who she looked after for years. The community in her little town is amazing, but Angie has always dreamed of follo *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* The best book I have read so far in this year!!! Paige Toon just manages it every time, her writing is magical! In this book we follow Angie, who lives in Coober Pedy, a mining town, she has never left Australia and is now 29 years old already. She lost her mum as a baby and then her grandfather and now her grandmother, who she looked after for years. The community in her little town is amazing, but Angie has always dreamed of following her mother’s footsteps of seeing the world. Angie has a long of list of counties, but when she finds a letter addressed her father, things change and she finds herself in Italy, Rome to be specific. Her father Giulio runs a restaurant in the city. Alessandro works at the restaurant and it gurns out he is connected to the family as well. He kind of takes care of her, shows her around and they instantly have a connection. Angie also gets to know the other people at the restaurant and she slowly gets to know her new family as well. Part of it is in Tivoli and part of is in Venice. Paige Toon takes us on a journey through Rome and the rest of Italy and I loved it, all the Italian aspects actually. I’m have Italian, so it was a really special read for me. We saw it all through Angie’s eyes, which made it unique and different. No touristy stuff, just her point of view, but also Angie getting to know her knew family and making friends. All the characters added a lot of spark to the story and yes, I wanted her and Alessandro to spend as much time as possible together. Their chemistry grew through out the book and I just loved them together. Alessandro is connected to the family, as I said and a lot happened in his past. It has made him the person he is now, but there are still a lot of unresolved issues and that stops him of following his feelings. That meant a lot of secrets were eventually discovered and the feelings and emotions were high. This book is great on so many levels!!!! A fab cast of characters (especially Angie, so relatable), wonderful locations, a exciting storyline, deep emotions, real feelings, romance, friendship, family and passion. It’s really intense and I was hooked immediately, I couldn’t put the book down and in the end I just cried. Paige Toon has areal talent to capture a reader and create a fascinating, unforgettable and irreplaceable story. I have read and seen documentaries about people living in dugouts (caves) and I really liked that Coober Pedy was part of the setting in this book. It’s fascinating and very interesting. The community of people, who live there in the books is great, they care for Angie and they send her lovely postcards to Italy. She is really connected to them, but also starting anew life, that’s not easy. This book is touching, passionate, beautiful, inspiring, bright, authentic, addicting, sweet, romantic and so much more. Paige Toon’s writing is on point, I need more of these characters, pronto!!!! AMAZING!!!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    C

    Book reviews at: https://clavie.co/2019/07/10/book-rev... In the mood to travel? Well, get into it because you are coming across many cultures in this one. Perfect summer read! I decided to really take in this novel. Every single chapter, short or long. Contained important elements to the story that made you stop to think and really take it in. To take in this adventure Angie (Angel) embarked on. This novel has been thoroughly researched and it was overwhelming at times with the amount of characte Book reviews at: https://clavie.co/2019/07/10/book-rev... In the mood to travel? Well, get into it because you are coming across many cultures in this one. Perfect summer read! I decided to really take in this novel. Every single chapter, short or long. Contained important elements to the story that made you stop to think and really take it in. To take in this adventure Angie (Angel) embarked on. This novel has been thoroughly researched and it was overwhelming at times with the amount of characters mentioned on a regular basis in this novel however I really enjoyed it. At the start, I was trying to get used to reading “Dugout” as I continuously thought “cave” in my head. I really enjoyed the soap opera banter between the restaurant staff and how Angie came in to save the day. Theresa and her dagger stares. Oh the hissy drama was entertaining. Stefano and Alessandro. Her relationship with her new father and his side of the family. Exploring Rome with Alessandro the lone wolf was very exciting as we got to see a soft side to him. Overall I think this novel is different from the majority of Toon’s other novels as they usually have the girl meets guy, girl travels to guy, dilemma. Yes I hear how this sounds and you’re thinking this is the same. But it’s different this time. Or is it? I feel like it is. Apart from the fact this novel is based about Italy there is something about this novel that is more different in comparison to the rest of Toon’s novels (the majority I have read) because I didn’t get the vibe of: give me something different. Instead, I found myself reading this book all the time whilst trying to slow myself down so I enjoy this journey to Italy for longer. Favourite quote: “I can go anywhere now. I’ve never felt more lost.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan Jones

    Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she'll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey m Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she'll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy. As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way? I take no pleasure whatsoever in writing this review, but 'If You Could Go Anywhere' really was not for me and this is far off being my favourite read from Toon. This starts well, I enjoyed getting to know Angie and learning about her life in Australia, this kept up for a while as I was eager to see what adventures she would get up to but then my enthusiasm wanes. Angie does not really get up to much for someone who has always wanted to travel and I struggled to see the plot continuity. The whole way through reading this, I struggled to connect with both the plot and the characters. The plot felt too simplistic to me, everything just seemed to happen with little emotion or difficulty and I did not find it reflective of real life. The characters, however, are the main concern for me, I usually adore Toon's characters and love falling in love with them and cherishing them. However, this time round, as I have said, I did not connect with them. Angie was okay if a little desperate but Alessandro? I could not stand him. I did not feel sympathy for him or even like him that much and I just lost interest in the book as I lost interest in him and Angie. Such a shame. The one positive that this book has, is as always, we go to some lovely places that offer escapism from the real world. Toon once again captures the landscapes beautifully, I just did not enjoy the plot or characters. Such a shame, and I hate having to say that I did not enjoy it, but here is hoping her next offering is back on form.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I loved every minute of this, I was trying to savour it and draw it out to make it last, but as per usual I’ve stayed up til after midnight on a work night finishing it. This has everything I love; travel, romance, fun friends & family support characters, heartbreak and angst but just the right amount to give you the feels.. can’t wait to crack out the lamingtons and read this again when Paige comes to Aus in April/ May

  17. 5 out of 5

    Agi

    "If You Could Go Anywhere" introduces us to Angie, who always wanted to follow her mother's footsteps and travel all over the world. She was known in the town as the one always asking people "if you could go anywhere, where would you go?" However, the circumstances didn't allow it. Angie lives in Coober Pedy in Australia, a mining town, where her grandfather used to work before he died in an accident. Angie was left only with her grandmother, as her mother also died, shortly after giving birth t "If You Could Go Anywhere" introduces us to Angie, who always wanted to follow her mother's footsteps and travel all over the world. She was known in the town as the one always asking people "if you could go anywhere, where would you go?" However, the circumstances didn't allow it. Angie lives in Coober Pedy in Australia, a mining town, where her grandfather used to work before he died in an accident. Angie was left only with her grandmother, as her mother also died, shortly after giving birth to her. Her plans to travel have been delayed after her grandmother fell ill and Angie had to look after her. After her death she discovers something that is going to change her life and her whole world and prompts her to set forth on her first travel to Italy. I confess, I've never heard about Coober Pedy and its people living in the dugouts. To be honest, I couldn't imagine it, people living in caves, I mean, how? But of course people's best friend Google was very helpful, and I've spent a fascinating few hours surfing through different pages and looking at photos of the dugouts - they are not only homes but there are hotels, churches, swimming pools... everything! Have learnt something new again, and it's a brilliant feeling. Also, the whole fictional community in Coober Pedy was simply great. They stick together, they support and they know everything about each other but not in this nosy, patronising way, no, it's simply because they care. It was crystal clear how much Angie means to all of them and how much they mean to Angie. Angie is such a straightforward characters, and I think it is due to the fact that she has spent all her life in Australia. But it doesn't mean that she's naive or silly, oh no, she's a lovely and clever girl who took the opportunity and learnt a lot from people from all over the world who came to work in the mines. I loved her fresh look at the world, at her enjoying everything in such a fresh, genuine way. Alessandro was another matter. I must admit that at the beginning I liked him much more than at the end. Sure, I know where he was coming from, I understood his feelings, and his secrets were heart - breaking but simply, this dark side of his just didn't sit with me. This blowing hot and cold - yes, I know he didn't want any commitments, he didn't want to hurt anybody but did he think it through that being like this he does hurt people? Nevertheless, he was a complex and complicated character, just like I like it best. I really enjoyed the fact that Paige Toon takes us on the tour through Roma and other parts of Italy, and that we can admire them through the wide - opened eyes of Angie but it was not too touristy - hope you know what I mean. Sometimes authors focus so much on describing every single thing in towns, on discovering the hidden places that you have a feeling it's not a story but a tourist guide. Well, with this book it was not the case. When we near the end, the story significantly gains momentum. I don't mean that it was slow - paced, because the pace was really great, there was all the time something happening, but because of the art of the events it felt like a roller - coaster ride at the end. It made your heart palpitate as you know that there is not much time left and you can't be sure of the outcome. It was a beautiful and romantic journey full of feelings and emotions. A magic story about learning to let go and to trust again, about friendship, family bonds and forgiveness. The extra bonus was the gorgeous setting of Italy and the brilliant and spot - on descriptions of the Italian family, big and loud and full of heart for everybody. I must admit that this time the story and the writing style reminded me a little on Karen Swan and her novels that I simply adore, there was also the element of mystery in "If You Could Go Anywhere". Paige Toon also deals with the issue of mental health and of feeling guilty, and she does it in a great, gentle way, and I really appreciate the fact that she decided to write about this topic, it's important and too often ignored, so hats off to the author for this - and I so liked the fact that this time it was a male character with the mental health problem, the author showing that the men can also be vulnerable, that they have feelings and that they can suffer for so long, and that it's even harder for them to do something, to open up, to confess. I don't know why but I have a feeling that this book is somehow a little bit serious in tone that the previous novels by Paige Toon. I mean, they were always dealing with serious issues as well but this time it just deals with such deep and pulling at the heart strings issues - another brilliant work from Paige Toon that I highly recommend! Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shaz Goodwin

    https://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2019/... My favourite Paige Toon story for the past few years has been The Longest Holiday. Then along comes If You Could Go Anywhere and rocked my world (pun intended!). Angie is one of the best female lead characters I’ve come across. Always putting others first without an agenda, truly loved and respected by the community and visitors where she lives in Coober Pedy, she’s a character who draws you in from the beginning (a first person narrative works really well https://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2019/... My favourite Paige Toon story for the past few years has been The Longest Holiday. Then along comes If You Could Go Anywhere and rocked my world (pun intended!). Angie is one of the best female lead characters I’ve come across. Always putting others first without an agenda, truly loved and respected by the community and visitors where she lives in Coober Pedy, she’s a character who draws you in from the beginning (a first person narrative works really well with this story) and is totally relatable. She’s sacrificed so much to give selflessly that you can’t help but hope that in Italy she will experience lots of fun and laughter – which she does and so much more. Alessandro was an enigma to me for much of the story and is the opposite to Angie. Dark and brooding, always on the edge and keeping people at a distance. Yet he’s always there to guide Angie despite the fact that he’s sometimes reluctant to do so. I took this at face value! I had no idea of the connection between something else either … Paige Toon’s writing makes you feel as if you’re alongside Angie as she explores the city. It brought back so many memories for me. Quite a lot of time is spent in Serafina’s, the restaurant owned by Angie’s dad Giulio. Restaurant staff Cristina and Stefano add colour to the story (and Angie works her magic on Cristina too). I loved Angie’s developing relationship with Giulio and her extended family. There are many levels to this story. From the light-hearted to such emotional pain that you wonder how there will ever be light in the darkness again. Paige Toon writes about emotional trauma with realism and sensitivity. I became so involved that my heart broke into tiny pieces. I also think this story will help others with conflicting feelings that come with the responsibilities as a carer in both life and death, maybe helping them to feel not so alone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Iqra M.

    4.5 Wow, Goodreads. I just wrote a long review and the website lags and didn't publish it. This happened several times before. I hate it. This is not my favourite book of Toon's. However, her writing is impeccable, as always. Her characterisation is fantastic and we received yet another exceptional plot development. Toon never disappoints. She is now one of my favourite Women's Fic/Chick Lit/Contemporary authors. Can't wait to read more of her works! There's just something about her writing that 4.5 Wow, Goodreads. I just wrote a long review and the website lags and didn't publish it. This happened several times before. I hate it. This is not my favourite book of Toon's. However, her writing is impeccable, as always. Her characterisation is fantastic and we received yet another exceptional plot development. Toon never disappoints. She is now one of my favourite Women's Fic/Chick Lit/Contemporary authors. Can't wait to read more of her works! There's just something about her writing that makes her books really enjoyable to read and unputdownable. KUDOS! Side note: This book tackles with sensitive topics like PTSD, suicide, grief and more so let this review be a trigger warning.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily Novelle

    5 out of 5 stars I won’t give any spoilers but omg what an amazing abs incredible book. I have had this on my wish list since I heard it was coming out and it didn’t let me down. I couldn’t put it down!!! The leading lady is angie and when her nan dies she finds out she has a father in Italy and decides to go and get to know him. This book tackles grief, Love and how important it is to live free. Paige toon is such an amazing contemporary author and one of the best. Please everyone read this book 5 out of 5 stars I won’t give any spoilers but omg what an amazing abs incredible book. I have had this on my wish list since I heard it was coming out and it didn’t let me down. I couldn’t put it down!!! The leading lady is angie and when her nan dies she finds out she has a father in Italy and decides to go and get to know him. This book tackles grief, Love and how important it is to live free. Paige toon is such an amazing contemporary author and one of the best. Please everyone read this book as it will keep you glued to every word.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zoë Braycotton

    Beautiful and heartwarming What an absolutely beautiful, wonderful, heartwarming story. I didn’t want it to end. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was actually there seeing the sights or tasting the divinely sounding food. Angie(Angel) and Alessandro’s story was full of highs and lows, sometimes heartbreaking, handling topics such as Alzheimers, depression, suicide and grief. Certainly the page turner we come to expect from Paige.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jule

    I expected a lot from this new Paige Toon novel, which took us to Italy this time. The story was interesting from the start, but it felt like it got stuck a little in the middle. The ending was super exciting, heartwarming and sad though. Just like I love my Toon novels.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    I have only recently got back into reading and this book has given me the bug to read more. When I saw it in the bookshop I was excited to read it and it didn't disappoint. The book tells the story of Angie, who when her Gran dies discovers the real identity of her Father and fulfils her wish and goes travelling in search of him. I felt I could relate with Angie and her emotions and visualise where she was. It was easy to read and good summer read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Book Lover

    Love Paige’s books, so descriptive, I feel as if I’m there.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    A good read. Angie’s story was heartwarming. Loved the locations.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paulina (infinitechapters)

    3.5 ⭐ A sweater and easy read but some parts of it could have used more details whereas some parts were dragging a bit

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Bloody loved this. And reading it while city-hopping through Italy couldn’t have been more perfect.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becca Bennett

    This has now become my favourite Paige Toon book. I've just read the last 200 pages in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I adore Allesandro and what a beautiful ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nami

    I very rarely read contemporary fiction like this but I found myself really enjoying it. The description doesn’t exactly show it but this is a romance novel. Yes, there are other elements involved, but mostly it is based on a romantic thread which is what I was mostly invested in anyway. I would say the only thing I didn’t like was the ending: it felt a bit rushed, with the constant jumps in time. I can see how this would work in a movie but in this book it did seem a bit uncomfortable since the I very rarely read contemporary fiction like this but I found myself really enjoying it. The description doesn’t exactly show it but this is a romance novel. Yes, there are other elements involved, but mostly it is based on a romantic thread which is what I was mostly invested in anyway. I would say the only thing I didn’t like was the ending: it felt a bit rushed, with the constant jumps in time. I can see how this would work in a movie but in this book it did seem a bit uncomfortable since the rest was a completely different pace. All in all, I enjoyed it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marit (Mary) de Vries

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