• Becca McCulloch

Review: Ice Cream Parlour

Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren't as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an 'Eat Pray Love' style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn't expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can't shake. 

How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All's fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn't it?

*Marian Keyes meets Paulo Coelho meets Nigella*

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy - with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.


Isabella May writes with such fluency and beauty that each sentence is as delicious as the perfect first bite of creamy gelato. The sense of voice blends with story to create a luxurious emotional landscape. 

In this novel, Ms. May explores the complicated relationship between twins who don’t like each other very much. They compete for affection and customers as rival business owners in England. Their rivalry carries heavy consequences as their past tries desperately to teach them better ways to face the future. 

Parts of the ending made me sad but I’d had so many moments of happiness and laughter that I accepted the bittersweet ending as inevitable. You don’t get to pick you emotions in an Isabella May novel - you get them all, an ultimate sampler platter that leaves you unsure as to which part was your favorite or what you’ll order next time. 

Purchase Link - mybook.to/theicecreamparlour

Author Bio –

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury's ley lines however, she's unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, gelato, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life's 'rules'. 

The Ice Cream Parlour is her fourth novel.

Social Media Links –


Twitter - @IsabellaMayBks

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Instagram - @isabella_may_author


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