Book Review – Under the Italian Sun

Sue Moorcroft – 3.5/5 Stars

Read this if you:
· miss travelling immensely
· dream of falling in love under the Italian stars (or sun)
· like your romances with a well-crafted storyline

Armed with questions that no one in her life can answer, Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers packs up her car and heads to Italy to try to find an explanation for the documents she found while cleaning up her deceased grandparents’ home. There, she hopes to find the Italian family she has never known. While there she is sidetracked by a handsome local vineyard owner, Piero, and while uncovering the truth of her past, she also starts to question what she wants from her future.

My thoughts on the book:
This book had me planning a trip to Montelibertà, which I soon realized is not actually a real place… Sue’s descriptions of the scenery and lifestyle there were so vibrant, I couldn’t believe it wasn’t somewhere she visited and was inspired by. From the first chapter of this book, I was sucked in, totally invested in discovering the truth behind the two Victoria Chalmers. I absolutely loved the progression of the plot in this book, there weren’t really any points that felt slow or repetitive. I loved all of the scenery descriptions and other details throughout this book, but I did find it to be a little long. While the Tenuta Domenicali drama added a lot to the story, I felt as though I would have been sufficiently entertained without it. I also really liked the characters in this book. They were really well developed and relatable, I felt as though all of their actions and decisions were logical and I felt the same sadness and frustrations that Zia did throughout the book. Overall, a great read – my biggest complaint is that I can’t spend my summer in an Italian vineyard this year…

Huge thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for sending me this book to review!

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