All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty

All the Way to Heaven Contemporary Romance

All the Way to Heaven

All the Way to Heaven

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Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she’s been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early–a trip to Tuscany–but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.

When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family’s country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it’s been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.

Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.

All the Way to Heaven is a multicultural romance with themes such as family life, Italian culture, and coming of age.

Although All the Way to Heaven is a stand-alone novel, it is the first book in The Fallout Series, a collection of sweet contemporary romances that follow characters featured in the first book.

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About the Author

Becky DoughtyBecky Doughty is the author of the award-winning Elderberry Croft series and the voice behind BraveHeart Audiobooks. “I write fiction, mainly because nonfiction is hard! Yes, I’ve tried. Let’s just say I like to color outside the lines when it comes to sticking to facts…or anything else, for that matter. I write Women’s Fiction with strong elements of romance and Young Adult/New Adult Fiction. Some of my fiction is written from a Christian worldview (and labeled as such), and some of it is not. My stories, however, are all categorically “clean” or “sweet” (light on language, violence, and sex), so if you’re looking for a book you don’t have to shove under the couch cushion when visitors stop by, you’ve come to the right place!”

You can learn more about Becky and her books on her website:

Becky is married to her champion of more than 25 years. They have three children, two of whom are grown and starting families of their own, and they all live within a few miles of each other in Southern California. They share their lives with too many animals, a large vegetable garden, and a strange underground concrete room they’re certain was built for dark and sinister purposes..

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Reviews (over 160 reviews on Amazon)

By Kit-Kat75 on November 2, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

The story starts out with Ani discovering that her boyfriend has a family…and her heart is shattered. In an effort to heal, she takes her college graduation trip to Italy a few months early, but a bicycle accident leaves her without a thing to her name. Up to this point, I wasn’t sure about the book and if it would draw me in enough or just be a downer, but after this point, I found myself pleasantly surprised to see that everything turned right around and completely engrossed me.

I’ve never been to Italy, but I feel like I’ve been there now. Ms. Doughty’s descriptions are vivid and detailed. Ani first encounters Paulo, but for some reason, although their paths have crossed a few times, he seems reluctant to help her. After the accident, Ani is taken to Dr Cosimo Lazzaro’s family home to recover from her accident and finds herself enveloped in olive groves and romance. Cosimo is quite the charmer. Compared to David Gandy, he’s very handsome and suave, yet Ani’s heart isn’t sure about another smooth talker. What’s a girl to do–go for a reluctant man, a willing man, or no one at all?

I couldn’t get enough of the setting descriptions. I also loved the other characters. Each is full of a unique personality and true friendships are formed. I loved the growth and healing that Ani goes through. The surprising romance is toe tingling and believable. I love a story that is brain candy, yet has some substance and this is a perfect combination. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

Content: swoony romance (kissing, but clean); mild violence (accident); no language or religious elements, aside from the characters visiting an ancient religious statue and mentioning a prayer. Clean!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*


Format: Kindle Edition

College student Ani Tomlin has come to Lucca, Italy to help take her mind off a relationship that ended very badly when she discovers that her boyfriend is married with a family. Her vacation takes an unexpected turn on her first full day in Lucca when she is injured in a bicycle accident and her purse is stolen in the immediate aftermath of the accident, leaving Ani without her passport, driver’s license, traveler’s checks, credit cards, and cell phone. Without other resources, Ani is forced to rely on help from people she barely knows in order to return to her guesthouse. Soon it becomes clear that Ani’s injuries are more extensive than she first thought, and she must rely again on strangers to get to a physician. After learning that she must remain off her feet while she recovers, Ani accepts an invitation to stay with the family of the handsome doctor who is treating her ankle injury. They operate an olive mill, and the harvest season is about to start.

Ani soon finds herself falling for not one but two very different men. Having just left a failing relationship, should she pursue a new relationship with one of these two contenders? And if so, how can she choose between them!

The book is a pleasure to read, with beautiful descriptions that immerse the reader into Lucca and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The characters are believable and well-developed.

The book is described as a coming of age tale in the “New adult” category, but women of any age will enjoy it. It does not particularly feel like a book for young adult readers, as some themes and situations are for mature readers. All the way to heaven is a clean read, with no vulger language or explicit sex or violence.Read more ›

Format: Kindle Edition

Anica is a college student in her final year. She thinks she has it all- two job offers, a great friend, and a wonderful boyfriend. Said boyfriend wants to keep their relationship quiet because he is one of her professors, until Anica sees him at dinner with his wife and children. Anica is devastated by her putting trust, once again, in the wrong person and decides to take her graduation trip to Tuscany early. Anica has emotional healing to do and one misstep after another upon her arrival leads her to be even more closed off. Her bicycle accident opens her to the generosity of the Lazzaro family. To truly appreciate Tuscany and her life, Anica must learn what it means to open her hands and open her heart.

A wonderful story with no cliffhanger. The characters are easy to relate to and trying to see the way forward with Anica is a beautiful journey.


Format: Kindle Edition

This book was a joy to read. It is easy to picture what the town and the Tuscany villa look like by immersing yourself in the detailed descriptions Ms Dougherty used throughout her book. There are colorful characters which add a touch of humor to the story. It starts out like the usual he cheated on her and got caught type book, but that is where the similarities to such books end. In Italy Anica finds not only love but a better understanding of herself and that not all people are as they seem at first and if you give them a chance you will find a special person. There are some unexpected twists just to spice things up also. Not your usual cookie cutter romance book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.




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