"A midlife adventure involving the repair of a house and a marriage, and a lighter view of Italy that suffers no snob appeal. . . . Disarmingly funny."
--The Arizona Republic

" The Reluctant Tuscan is the sort of travel narrative that is both hilariously funny and informative, comic and poignant, savory and sweet. Think Frances Mayes and Dave Barry, sprinkle with parmesan and olive oil, and you'll soon know the irresistible quality dancing on Doran's page."
--Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, author of Pen on Fire

"Doran slowly and hilariously succumbs to the Italian way of life. . . . His ear for humor shines on every page . . . reveals Italy has never before, records a middle-aged man coming to terms with himself, and teaches us to look at what's important in life."
-- The Grand Rapids Press

"Doran's story is very amusing and his writing style is sardonic, witty, and right on."
-- The Orange County Register

"Tuscany's gain is Hollywood's loss. Just when you thought everything had been said about Italy, along comes Phil Doran with his hilarious take on how he was dragged kicking and screaming into paradise."
--Lila Garrett,
Emmy and Writer's Guild Award-winning writer, producer, and director

"Doran's brutally funny accounts . . . are enough to keep readers hooked until the last page."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Moving to Italy has many delights and many pitfalls--Phil Doran's charmingly laconic memoir gives us both, with the delights winning out as they undoubtedly do. Bravo!"
--Charles Nicholl, author of Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind