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Official Review: Golden Tales by I.V. Everts

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[Following is an official review of "Golden Tales" by I.V. Everts.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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"All roads lead to Rome". Golden Tales: Havoc in Rome takes the reader on a private tour of Rome with some comic detours caused by no other than Texel. She can’t wait to meet you.

The main character of this book has to be the female Golden Retriever, Texel. Texel is the name of an island in the Netherlands, and it’s pronounced ‘Tessel’. Texel is such a people-loving dog that she gets in all sorts of ridiculous situations, such as licking the expensive bag of a stranger or stealing a wig from someone’s head. Because Rome is swarming with tourists, Texel is always busy meeting everyone. What’s even funnier is the different reactions people have when encountering Texel and her chaotic behavior. My favorite stories were when Texel stole a wig or when she saw nuns for the first time.

I.V. Everts was born in the Netherlands and came to live in Rome with her husband. She discovered the city like a tourist, so she is extraordinary at showing it to us. The book starts by describing some delightful attractions. The Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, and the Vatican City are some of the more famous places, but the author also shows us her favorite spots, such as the water clock in Villa Borghese and the view from the Pincio terrace. Places outside of Rome, like Appia Antica and the beach in Tor San Lorenzo, are also mentioned. It made it easy for me to imagine the author’s daily life, walking Texel in those beautiful parks. It seems like paradise until Texel does something unexpected.

What I admired the most was the relationship between the author and Texel. It was adorable to see how much I.V. Everts cares for Texel. She doesn’t get mad at her (as much as she should), she lets her indulge in some guilty pleasures, and she loves her unconditionally. It’s a lovely relationship that makes having such a misbehaving dog worth it.

The author also gives historical details about the places she mentions. Astonishingly, the Colosseum was built by 60,000 Jewish slaves in nine years. What's even more fascinating is that the whole Colosseum used to be covered with a red canvas when it rained. The details regarding history and geography are well-researched. The author even shares maps for finding the spots she mentions.

The book is short and can be easily finished all at once. My digital copy had 171 pages full of photos, illustrations, and maps that made the book visually attractive. The author uses simple words and explains more complex ones, such as "nicking", which is the British way of saying "stealing". I find this book suitable for children because of the censored words and easy descriptions. The writing is passionate, filled with exclamation marks, interjections, and upper-case letters.

In another chapter, it also gives away traditional dishes and recipes. I had no idea about where the name of “carbonara” comes from, but now I know its history. The recipes seem unique and worth trying.

Golden Tales was a pleasant surprise for me. I thought it would be a hilarious tale, but it also became a true collection of Rome’s most beautiful parts. It deserves 4 out of 4 stars. Since I only found three minor errors, I must say the book is exceptionally edited. Firstly, I need to recommend this to animal lovers, to those who like funny and relaxing stories, and to those passionate about travel. After reading this book, I’m left with two main ideas. I need to visit Rome and to get a Golden Retriever. You can’t ever get bored if you have a dog like Texel.

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Post by kandscreeley »

Wow! What a fun book. I love that Texel walks us through Rome. She's a cutie. The author had a great idea here. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Kanda_theGreat »

I'm not an animal lover but I'd definitely wish to visit Rome even if it means having to travel through literature. The recipes are a more enticing part of the book.
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Post by AvidBibliophile »

Aww, dogs are such heartwarming characters, even when they’re stealing wigs and orchestrating chaotic antics! Even the cover makes you smile. Great review, thanks for sharing your detailed and helpful impressions!

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Post by LinaMueller »

Great review, Laura Bach. I love dogs more than anything, but, usually, I wouldn't say I like books/movies about our best friends. The movies are often sad, and I don't want to feel sad when I watch a film. The historical details the author included should be interesting, though.
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This sounds like a fun-loving way to experience Rome. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Rayasaurus »

This sounds like a delightfully fun book! I'm sure I could see a lot of my own dog in Texel; my dog is also a rambunctious troublemaker. Thank you for the review!

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Post by gen_g »

Wow, this one sounds so fun! I would definitely like the chance to travel around Rome with a huge golden too. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Prisallen »

Texel sounds like a rambunctious and fun-loving dog. I think he may need a little training, lol. I loved reading your entertaining and informative review!

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Post by Magnify3 »

Licking the expensive bag of a stranger is not that bad in my books. Stealing wigs is hilarious. Texel is a lot of fun. Thanks for this review!

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Post by SomeoneInTheWorld »

This book seems so enjoyable! Texel sounds so funny, and I.V. Everts sounds so kind and likeable. I seems like a book i would really enjoy reading. Thank you very much for the wonderful review!

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I'm particularly interested in learning about the traditional recepes, thanks for such an amazing review.
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Post by kdstrack »

What a creative way to travel and see a new city! This sounds like a wonderful way to get to know Rome, and I love the suggestion that the book is even suitable for children. They could learn geography and history while laughing at Texel's antics. This looks just amazing!

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