Indie Next List, April 2018

“A story that froths with gossip and is sweetened by intrigue… Delicious and positively drinkable.” –Becky Petterson, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR

Publishers Weekly

“In Lynch’s perceptive debut, set in 1956, Michael and Scottie Messina are a glamorous young American couple who have arrived in Siena, Italy… The story plays like a confectionary Hollywood romance with some deeper notes reminiscent of John le Carré and...

Library Journal

“In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets – in politics and in marriage – while depicting with sly humor the collision between the American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture....

Bob Hellenga

“Christina Lynch’s hapless American newly-weds give us plenty to worry about as they dig their way into the dark heart of Italy (1956) and into the even darker heart of the CIA. They give us plenty to laugh about, too, in this volatile mixture of old-world charm...

Julia Claiborne Johnson

“Imagine Beautiful Ruins plus horses; Toujours Provence with spies, a mystery and sex. The Italian Party is a fizzy, page-turning delight that begs for a Campari and soda!” ―Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me

Chris Pavone

“Tremendous fun! Wives with big secrets, husbands with bigger ones, swirling around a 1950s Siena teeming with seduction and spycraft.” ―Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers and The Expats