One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle – 3/5 Stars
Read this if you:
· need a quick escape to the Amalfi Coast
· believe in ghosts
· know the heartbreak of losing a parent
When Katy loses her mom, she has no idea how she’s going to get through life without her best friend. She makes the decision to go on the trip to Positano they has booked together alone in order to feel more connected to her in her favourite place in the world. When Katy arrives, she can feel her mother everywhere, and all of a sudden she appears, just as she was 30 years ago when she lived there. While Katy doesn’t know how this could be happening, she jumps at the opportunity to get to know this woman before she became the mom she loved so dearly.
My Thoughts on the Book:
This book is a wonderful escape to the Italian coast. The setting is absolutely perfect and beautifully described, I felt immediately transported to Positano 😍
From the beginning of the story, my heart broke for Katy. When she makes the decision to travel to Italy on her own, I couldn’t believe how proud I was of a fictional character!
Unfortunately that’s where most of my enjoyment ended. Katy was a bit insufferable as a main character and I found it hard to relate to her. I was definitely able to feel sympathy towards her throughout all she was going through, but she showed so little development throughout the book, I sort of felt like the whole story was for nothing my the end of it.
Rebecca Serle’s excellent storytelling and plot twists definitely helped me to keep enough interest in this book to finish it! I would recommend this if you’re looking for a quick escape from this drab winter!
Thank you to @netgalley and @atriabooks for this e-ARC!