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Our Italian Summer Paperback – 12 January 2021
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Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of her 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. She just never expected to face a choice that might change the course of her life. . .
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.
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“In Our Italian Summer, Jennifer Probst captures the essence of Italy and celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters. With food worthy of an Italian grandmother’s kitchen and descriptions to make the Travel Channel jealous, you’ll want to join the Ferrari women on their unforgettable journey."—Amy E. Reichert
“Our Italian Summer beautifully navigates the complicated relationships between families in a heartfelt manner in this multigenerational novel set against the splendid backdrop of Italy in all of her glory. Jennifer Probst whisks readers away on an unforgettable journey. The perfect novel to satisfy your wanderlust!”—New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton
“Filled with family drama amidst a lush setting, plus a touch of romance, Our Italian Summer will provide a delicious escape for readers.”―Booklist
"Beautiful, sexy, and so well written! Highly recommend!"—New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase
"Probst tugs at the heartstrings."—Publishers Weekly
"Jennifer Probst is an absolute auto-buy author for me."—New York Times bestselling author Julie Kenner
"Jennifer Probst pens a charming, romantic tale destined to steal your heart."—New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley (12 January 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593098463
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593098462
- Item Weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 13.06 x 2.44 x 20.24 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #534,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're looking for a book to transport you to Italy while you're stuck Stateside because of covid, don't bother. There are just too many mistakes in this book. The author has either never traveled there or has simply forgotten that Italian-American is *not* the same as Italian. As an example, on several occasions she mentions the Italian music being played and then talks about Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Though there may be a song or two played, Italy is RICH in its own lyrical music without having to rely on the likes of Italian American musicians. Cappuccino after dinner? Hard no. The city of Assisi named after a saint? Nope -- vice versa. So many inaccuracies that it's distracting! Otherwise, the story is fun.
Sophia, Francesca and Allegra had no idea that their vacation would change their lives forever. They needed this time to truly get to know the women they had become away from work, away from school, and away from the confines of everyday life. Together, they would visit beautiful churches and dine at unforgettable restaurants, all while learning about where they came from and where life would take them after they returned home.
Sophia, the matriarch of the family, could see that her daughter and granddaughter were hurting and she prayed that this vacation would bring them closer together. Francesca, whose job was her life, needed to turn off her phone, put away her laptop and look at this vacation as a chance to relax and open her eyes to new beginnings. Allegra, the studious high school senior, was at a crossroads in her life. She wanted to pursue her own career while her mother was pushing her to be just like her.
As I was reading, I found myself becoming part of the story, experiencing their feelings and wishing I could accompany them on their journey of reflection. I felt many emotions while reading: I became teary-eyed, laughed out loud and agreed with their heated family discussions. I felt as if I knew all of them, as they reminded me of my close Italian relatives. Family is everything and as long as we open our hearts and listen closely, we can solve our problems while love does all the work.
Francesca Ferrari is a woman who has to many balls in the air trying to juggle them all and failing, she see everything around her falling and she needs a way to fix it. When it comes to her relationship with her daughter it’s strained at best and with her mother she always felt she didn’t understand, when the idea of going on a vacation of a lifetime it seems that just maybe it is what they all need to hopefully find the common ground and the connection once again that they all need.
With each page of their story I felt that I was on that vacation with these women and seeing the sights and all that they do makes you want to find the time in your own life to have that same experience and knowing that sometimes we all need a little restart to find our HEA.