Imperfect Pairings

Smart, career driven Jamie had not intended to fall in love. And to a foreigner no less, an Italian who doesn’t reveal his heritage at first. Jack is short for John, he tells her, but she soon discovers that John is short for Giovanni. Insanely handsome and intense but unreadable, Giovanni is a man of few words. An engineer with degrees from prestigious universities, she assumes he’s driven by the American dream like she is. Success, prosperity, Jamie comes from a long line of career women and there is no question where her future lies. Love, she believes strongly, does not give him claim to her soul.

When after two months together she accompanies him to his cousin’s wedding in Italy, Jamie learns that he hasn’t been back to the troubled family estate in ten years—and with one step upon the rich Italian soil covered in ancient vines, it’s as if he never left. Suddenly his language is no longer her language, and Jamie is drawn inexplicably into an Italy that outsiders rarely see—a crumbling villa, an old family scandal, a tragic mother, an estranged father, and a host of spirited Italian cousins. Jack is finally forced to face the destiny he’s been renouncing; and Jamie makes a rash decision, unaware that it will change her life forever.

Gentle, intelligent, hauntingly real, this story will leave you thinking long afterwards about the oceans that separate us from the ones we love.


Winner, Chick Lit—Indie Reader Discovery Award 2013!
Finalist, Chick Lit—Indie Excellence Awards, 2014
Winner—USA Book Awards 2013, Women’s Fiction
Honorable Mention—Writers Digest Book Awards, 2013
Winner, Fiction—ReaderViews Choice Awards, 2013

“Townsend has crafted a compelling and intricate story that masterfully explores culture, love and relationships with haunting beauty and keen perception.” Indie Reader

“It’s a brilliantly-written small gem, with exquisite detail and equally exquisite crafting of language, by an American author with her own Italian husband and her own Italian experience.” – BWW Reviews

“The perfect book for a summer day spent reading on the deck or enjoying blue vistas at the beach.” – Curled Up With a Good Book

“…a love story not just for romance lovers, but for everyone who has been in a relationship, as they all will be able to relate while enjoying an entertaining, fun read which provides also a profound message about our choices in life. “Imperfect Pairings” is definitely at the top of my 2013 list for best books I have read this year!” – ReaderViews

“Townsend writes lovingly of the Italian world in a love story about questioning of values and ideals.” – ForeWord Reviews

“A pleasant read, full of cultural ethos…” – Kirkus