Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Review: Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst

Our Italian Summer
by Jennifer Probst

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Three generations of women are each battling with their own issues and when things come to a breaking point, they end up taking a vacation to Italy that will hopefully change each of their lives.  Francesca is the middle of these women, she is a daughter and a mother and is trying to balance both of those parts with her stressful full time job at a company that she has created and is still growing.  The eldest Sophia is harboring a secret and is hoping that both of her girls can find peace.  Allegra is a daughter and granddaughter and she recently made a few wrong turns that could impact her future.

I love a book about family and especially female relationships and the ins and outs and ups and downs that happen between females in their family relationships.  Each of the women in this book had something they were dealing with and I loved seeing how this trip impacted how they were each reacting to their own struggles.  

The balance of family, love and professional life were perfect in this book.  There was just the right amount of each in the story.  

I read this book in winter which made me wish for a great vacation, but I think this could be read at any time of the year.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 136 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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