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One Italian Summer

By Rebecca Serle
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Publisher Description


In this “magical trip worth taking” (Associated Press), the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.

But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life.

And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

“Rebecca Serle is known for her powerful stories that tug at the heartstrings—and her latest is just as unforgettable” (Woman’s World) as it effortlessly shows us how to move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

632 Reviews

Thumbs Up“Was really good story line, however the ending felt a little bit rushed. It did all tie together, overall was a good read.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to read
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Brilliantly written! Rebecca Serle knows how to write a compelling book with twists you never see coming. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a summer read that will leave you longing for a vacation in Positano and a call to your mom to tell her you love you. ❤️”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to read
Thumbs Up“This booked lacked a few things but it was an easy read. This book made me want to pack my bags and head to Italy.”
Easy to readFast-pacedFeel good
Thumbs Up“I loved feeling transported to Positano! The characters were annoying at first - Katy is an emotionally stunted adult with a dysfunctional relationship with the other people in her life. When you are newly grieving is NOT the time to decide to start a new extramarital romantic relationship. But the storyline about seeing her mother as her own woman and then doing her own soul-searching and growing as a person was good.”
Characters change and growCouldn't connect with charactersBeautiful settingEnchantingImmersive settingInspirationalMeaningfulBad writing
Expressionless Face“I wanted to like this more. But I hated Katy and how self-centered she is. She has a steamy night with Adam, feels no guilt. Then Eric shows up and is like nothing happened nothing to see here. Adams actually 50 so I’m off the hook it didn’t count?! She finds out her Mother came here to find herself and spins it to be all about her own abandonment. She’s insufferable. I just want the lemon ricotta pasta recipe honestly. The best part was the description of the Amalfi Coast. Where’s my passport?!”
Reviewed in:Cozy Coven
Easy to readWhimsicalBeautiful settingEnchantingSurrealVividOver-hypedUnlikable charactersUnsatisfying ending

About Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of Expiration DatesOne Italian SummerIn Five YearsThe Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same nameShe is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at RebeccaSerle.com.

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