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Italy: A Place for Healing

*This is a book review of One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle.

“‘I find that beauty next to decay is its own kind of stunning.'”

– Adam

Quick Facts

Author: Rebecca Serle
Release Date: March 1, 2022
Genre: Fiction
Main Character: Katy Silver
Number of Pages: 245
SJ Rating: 80%

The Synopsis

After the death of her mother Carol, Katy Silver is completely lost. She has no idea who she is and begins to question literally everything. Then their big mother-daughter trip to Positano arrives, and Katy decides to go alone. Except… she’s not alone. Her mother Carol is there.

The Good

I love that this is a love story between mother and daughter. I want to have a relationship strong enough with my kids where they say I am the love of their lives when I’m gone.

There is beyond excellent imagery when it comes to describing the setting. Truthfully, I loved learning about Italy through this book; it definitely moved Italy up on my list of places to go when I start traveling abroad.

The foreshadowing was written incredibly well; I could point something out before the big moment arrived, yet I still wanted to keep going. My interest skyrocketed when we reached the end of chapter twenty-three. Then the plot twist hit, and though I knew it was coming, I still said “Wait a minute…”.

Another detail I liked about the story is the inclusion of the story with a man on the roof and God to show the dire situation between Adam (side character, in my opinion) and Poseidon, the hotel where most of this story takes place.

The Bad

Often times, it gets a little boring.

Also, Carol (not a side character but also not a main character…) accused Katy of cheating. Katy was apparently hurt about it but then decided to cheat a page later… girl.

The Overall

With it being less than 250 pages, it was an easy read. It was an enjoyable read where romance was on the back burner. It’s all about healing and grieving and finding oneself when you get lost in the ebbs and flows of life.

I’m not sure why I decided to read this during a brutally cold winter (thank you, wind), but weirdly, I feel like I would have liked this book a lot more if I read it outside in the summer, right before it becomes unbearably hot.

Next book to be read and reviewed: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

“History, memory, is by definition fiction. Once an event is no longer present, but remembered, it is narrative. And we can choose the narratives we tell—about our own lives, our own stories, our own relationships. We can choose the chapters we give meaning.”

– Katy

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