Review published on June 2, 2018.
The bestselling author, Katie Fforde, says that she “loves all of Sue Moorcroft’s books”. High praise indeed and I can’t echo her sentiment, purely because this is my first Moorcroft. However, I really can’t see it being my last so maybe at some point I will be able to say something along the same lines. I’ve heard so many good things about this author that I jumped at the chance to read One Summer in Italy, especially as Italy is one of my very favourite places. I was, as they say, sold!
Sofia Bianchi is a woman in her thirties who has never had much of a life. She spent over half her life caring for her Italian father who had a weak heart. Her English mother had passed away when she was only 5 and she was unaware of any family left in Italy until just before her father died. This prompts her to go to his home village in Umbria, and to get a job working in a hotel for the summer.
She meets Amy, an 18 year old running away from upsetting news at home, and also Levi, a guest who sticks up for Amy and most definitely catches Sofia’s eye.
I thought One Summer in Italy was a charming read. I loved Sofia, level-headed, calm in the face of all kinds of adversity and a steadying influence on the volatile and immature Amy, who I didn’t take to quite as much. I recognise that she had to be immature and selfish for the storyline to work though. Now Levi, well, I did take to him. He’s such a lovely character and I loved the way he behaved around Sofia.
Also, I can’t not mention the setting. As I said, Italy is somewhere I love and I so enjoyed reading the descriptions of the area and the views. I could just imagine myself there, sipping a glass of Orvieto Classico or even limoncello (which I did actually have a drink of whilst I was reading this book, just for an authentic reading experience, you understand).
I found One Summer in Italy to be a really enjoyable, light read and yet it did address some deeper issues. The perfect combination, perhaps. It’s a story with lots of ups and downs and all I wanted for the characters was a happy ending. You’ll have to read it yourself to see if that’s what they got. I’d definitely recommend it for your summer reading pile.
Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes 4/4
One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft
Avon 9780008260040 pbk May 2018
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