One Italian Summer

One Italian Summer

Thank you, Atria Books, for gifting me a copy of One Italian Summer{partner}

Genre: Fiction
Trope: Magical Realism
Pub Date: 3.1.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

“There is beauty to the run-down buildings, the laundry strung overhead, the rhythm and drawl of the daily life here. There is beauty, too, in the old Mediterranean architecture, buildings left over from centuries ago, before Naples became what is today. There is beauty in discrepancy — two things that seem oppositional, coming together.”

Any book that begins with one of my favorite Gilmore Girls quotes is one that I know I’ll love.

Rebecca Serle wrote with such ease and magic. Her transition between past and present were seamless and I found myself unable to put the book down as I didn’t want the magic to disappear.

The beginning of the story felt so painfully real. It will be difficult to get through for those of you who have lost someone who meant the world to you, but the story is worth every minute.

Serle wrote about the people of Positano, the town, the views — it was all mesmerizing. I kept wanting to look up places that she referenced to feel like I was there with the characters. I want to visit this town and Hotel Poseidon more than anything.

I adore a magical realism aspect to a book, and One Italian Summer is no exception. It was perfect. The entire novel was a reminder to seize the opportunities presented to you and love the ones you’re with, as you never know when it will be too late to take that trip or hear that story.

Thank you, Rebecca, for writing a story with a female protagonist that I admire.

Food pictured: Lemon Ricotta Pasta + Tomato Salad with Chocolate Cake.

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