A beautiful modern-day story of searching for love, female empowerment, family and secrets is relatable and intriguing. This women’s fiction novel puts a fresh spin on the classic marriage story when a contemporary woman tries to blend into a family so different from her own and must come to terms with a well-kept secret that’s revealed. This well-developed, relationship-driven novel set in Boston will sweep you away.
"An Entertaining Novel" - 5 Stars - Readers' Favorite Review
A Woman of Culture is an entertaining novel about love, female empowerment, and cultural assimilation that readers of women-centric literature are bound to enjoy. Author C.C. Carpenter brilliantly portrays the stark contrast between English and Italian cultures and makes a point to reiterate the age-old adage of love being able to overcome the greatest of obstacles. I found the plot to be quite fast-paced, and the characters felt lively and colorful. Nancy and Massimo's relationship is the focal point of the story, and it drives the narrative. I also enjoyed the relationship dynamic between Nancy and her in-laws. The scenes involving Nancy and her sister-in-law Luciana made for some particularly entertaining moments. I enjoyed A Woman of Culture from start to finish, and I think romance lovers will feel the same. - P. Deka
"Engaging. I was hooked." - 5 Stars - Readers' Favorite Review C.C. Carpenter effectively hooked me with the elegantly detailed depiction of the scenery. A Woman of Culture is from Nancy's point of view and presents her as a very polite, sophisticated woman. Nancy was quick to judge the outward appearance of people, and I was able to connect with her as she learned more about basing her opinion on personality instead. Massimo has an extremely close relationship with his mother, and I pegged him as the epitome of a "Mama's boy." Some of the family traditions that he tries to make Nancy cope with were a bit extreme, and I would probably have been less tolerant of them. I found the wedding dress debacle to be highly entertaining, especially when the bridal boutique assistant came up with an underhanded way to help Nancy get the dress she wanted. The plot is well-developed with turmoil and the dialogue is engaging. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking romance that focuses on cultural differences in families. There are references to sex but in a tasteful manner that is not quite erotic in nature. - S. Chapman
"A Great Women's Read!" - Readers' Reviewer - T. LoPreto