Our Italian Summer
by Jennifer Probst
Published January 12, 2021 by Berkley Publishing Group
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Romance, Women’s Fiction
Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother’s wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. What she never expected was to be faced with the choice of a lifetime. . . .
Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love.
Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything, and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it’s too late.
I struggled with this book at first. I didn’t identify with any of the characters and really disliked Francesca at the beginning. But now that I’ve read the book, I think that was the point. I wouldn’t have appreciated her metamorphosis if I had liked her from the start.
I am a homebody and don’t really have a desire to travel, but this book made me want to go to Italy. The food, countryside and art were all beautifully described. The relationships felt authentic.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
Thank you to #NetGalley and #JenniferProbst for allowing me to read this book. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.