Book Title: Vroom By The Sea
Author: Peter Moore
Promotional Blurb: Women wanted him. Men wanted to be him. And one hot summer he roamed the Italian seaside breaking hearts throughout Sardinia, Sicily and along the Amalfi coast. Racy, loud and an incorrigible show-off, he was the epitome of Italian machismo. He showed Peter, his less flamboyant companion, another side of Italy tourists rarely see. His name was Marcello and like Sophia from Vroom With A View he was a Vespa. A Vespa the same shade of orange as Donatella Versace.
Two years after riding from Milan to Rome in search of la dolce vita, Peter Moore’s life has changed dramatically. He has married Sally and she is pregnant with their first child. With fatherhood only five months away Peter reacted the way some men facing nappies and travel systems do, he panicked. But man, Peter sure found an understanding wife. Sally gave him the opportunity to go off, just once more, to be irresponsible.
For Peter this was a wild, final, two-stroke powered fling – with permission – through some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world on a Vespa with white go-fast stripes that brought a smile to peoples’ faces everywhere it went. Source
My Thoughts: This is the second book by Moore celebrating his love affair with Vespas and Italy – not necessarily in that order. Each page is full of exciting adventures, a few snippets of history and endless quirky characters.
This is a light and entertaining read and would be an easy introduction to Italy if you are planning travels to that country in the future. He accurately captures the scenery and the warm and welcoming nature of the Italian people.
Moore inspires me to travel more and to open myself up to people when I do travel. It is easy to err on the side of caution in foreign lands – especially when I travel on my own – and I am sure I miss out on a lot because of that hesitancy.
The motivation for this trip was one last Vespa-fuelled blast before he has to knuckle down, finally grow up and become responsible with the birth of his first child looming. This aspect of the book became a little monotonous after a while. He is certainly not the first man to experience all the self-doubt and fears of impending fatherhood and it felt a little self-indulgent after a while.
Despite that is an entertaining and enjoyable read and a must for any Italophile. I gave it 7/10.
Author bio: “I’m an author who writes about travel. I’m always searching for places that are authentic and a little bit different. No floaty sundresses or hipster beards here. Just the World in all its tarnished glory. Born in Sydney. Living in London. Author of six best-selling travel narratives. Traveled through 108 countries. Always looking for the next dodgy lane to wander down”. Source
Author blog or website: http://www.petermoore.net
Publisher: Transworld/Random House
Available from: Book Depository (from $24.99)
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