One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

One Italian Summer
.ePUB, 201 pages
Expected Publication: 01 Mar 2022
By: Simon & Schuster Canada, Atria Books

About The Book:
When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone. But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life. And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

My Review:

I loved both The Dinner List and In Five Years by this author and was so pleased to get this from NetGalley. I am happy to report that this lived up to my expectations and more. Rebecca Serle has a gift for writing women's fiction with a twist of magic realism. 

This book touched my heart in so many ways. The way Katy describes her mother  (the one who kept the family together) reminded me so much of my grandmother. I loved the relationship these two characters have, even though it was a tad unrealistic. I don't know many mothers and daughters who are each others soul mates. BUT, what I REALLY liked about this story was the unexpected direction it took towards the end. I was happy to be pleasantly surprised.

It would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I loved the imaginative trip to the Amalfi Coast. The descriptions of the sunsets, the beaches, the people and the food! I have always wanted to visit Italy and now I feel as though I have.

With many thanks to NetGalley, Rebecca Serle and Simon & Schuster Canada, Atria Books for the giving of the ARC.



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