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Reasonably interesting and well written, but for me the abundance of politically correct details were unnecessary and detracted from the story. Also, there was a dig at President Trump's book "The Art of the Deal". If you want to criticize President Trump there are plenty of other things to pick on, but his book was pretty decent.
I'm enjoying this book as a story about relationships more than for its depiction of Italy because of its numerous(!) factual and cultural errors. I actually considered putting the book down because of them but then decided to focus on the relationship aspect of the story. 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.
“Our Italian Summer” is an extraordinary story of three women who embark on a magical summer vacation of soul-searching, fence-mending and dream-chasing. What an opportunity they had to travel to the land of their ancestors, something I would have loved to have done with my daughter and mother. How wonderful it would be to experience the customs of Italy, the beautiful scenery, and the delicious food.
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.
Our Italian Summer is such a heartwarming read. I loved this one so much. You have 3 generations of women coming together to reconnect and you will love each and every one of them by the end of this book. Sofia is the matriarch and is struggling with her daughter and granddaughter losing their bond. She sees time as fleeting and wants for everyone to reconnect before all things change. Francesca is a workaholic. She thinks she is doing the right thing and has plenty of time with her daughter. Allegra is sweet and lost. You feel her need for her mothers attention. As these ladies go through with their adventure you see such changes with each of them. Watching new bonds form and changes in life will just pull at your heart. I really couldn't get enough of this beautiful read. Go one click this one.
What a wonderful way to start 2021, with this Incredible Read. Our Italian Summer was an absolutely moving story of three generations of woman coming into a reflection point in their lives. 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.
Has this author ever been to Italy? Has her editor? About a third of the way into this book with some interesting plots, but disappointed with the lack of knowledge of Italy. There is no duomo in Rome. She gets her plots confused in simple mistakes such as Enzo saying there is coffee and pastry for a quick breakfast, then says to have breakfast at the buffet in the restaurant. Which is it? And, there are no ubers in Rome. Also why does Francescas daughter having missed out on having a grandfather “tear her apart”, but having denied her daughter a father is just fine.Not sure if this is worth finishing. A good editor would have spotted these errors.
My daughter and I have been to Italy twice. The first time it was with a group and it was The Grand Tour of Italy. We visited all the places mentioned in this book so I could envision everything so easily. We planned our third trip last year but had to cancel due to Co-Vid and hoping 2022 we can return...Italy is incredible...Thanks for bringing it alive once again through your writing!!
Wow that was a beautiful story, I loved the idea of three generation of women going to reclaim their lives in Italy. Nonnie ie Sofia, daughter Francesca and her Daughter Allegra. They all had their strength and struggles happening In life. Francesca was a workaholic and was putting her company before family, Allegra was losing her way hanging out with the wrong friends and getting into trouble. Nonnie had an illness and felt she wouldn’t be around and suggested the month long trip to Italy. The found love in others and with themselves.
The amount of time spent on each character's introspective thoughts got to be very boring. Not enough action, too much thinking. The beauty of Italy got lost somewhere along the line. One jarring note, the 18 year-old daughter seemed more like a 15 year-old. Or she seemed like she had been raised in a convent. Never been kissed, never had a sip of wine, was afraid to tell her mother she liked to cook? I kept wishing the book would end. It looked like it would be much better than it turned out to be.
I very much enjoyed this multi-generation travel novel set in Italy. The locations and foods described reminded me of my own trip to Italy with my sister (although the accommodations and food were nicer in this novel.) It gave me a different, and wiser, perspective about mother and daughter relationships. Although my daughter is grown and living on the opposite coast, I hope I will be more expressive of my love towards her.