Tuesday, March 1, 2022

REVIEW: One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle


In Five Years was a gut punch of a read and I hoped (?) suspected (?) that One Italian Summer would also serve up some serious emotional damage, especially after reading the synopsis. And yes, there were definitely some highs and lows, but for me it felt more like an exploration and a chance for discovery that Italy offered Katy. She was so lost and flailing that having this completely magical opportunity to learn a little more about her mother and herself gave her a view of things that staying stateside would have never given her. 

While One Italian Summer wasn't exactly what I anticipated, I really liked what it offered. Not only did I get to read about a deep and abiding love between a mother and a daughter, which isn't something I come across very often, but I also got to ponder the big questions Katy worked through while doing it all in the most divine location (one I'm hoping to see soon).

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The New York Times bestselling author of the “heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hard to put down” (Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author) modern classic In Five Years returns with a moving and unforgettable exploration of the powerful bond between mother and daughter set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

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: to Positano, the magical town where 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.

Rebecca Serle’s next great love story is here, and this time it’s between a mother and a daughter. With her signature “heartbreaking, redemptive, and authentic” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

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