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She needed a life... Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance: the three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. She needed a life... Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance: the three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. Gemma hopes that a change of scenery will bring back the closeness she used to share with her daughter. And perhaps the challenges of living in a foreign country will give her mother something to worry about beyond Gemma's social life. ...And la dolce vita was waiting for her in Italy! But what they encounter there is far more distracting than Gemma expected: a crumbling old villa and a town divided. Half the residents believe that Ben Raphael, another American, is the rightful inheritor of the villa. As cultures clash, gossip soars, and intrigue unfolds, Gemma is caught up in the most disturbing and delicious trouble she's ever had. Now her summer in Tuscany will change her outlook-and her life-forever.


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She needed a life... Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance: the three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. She needed a life... Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance: the three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. Gemma hopes that a change of scenery will bring back the closeness she used to share with her daughter. And perhaps the challenges of living in a foreign country will give her mother something to worry about beyond Gemma's social life. ...And la dolce vita was waiting for her in Italy! But what they encounter there is far more distracting than Gemma expected: a crumbling old villa and a town divided. Half the residents believe that Ben Raphael, another American, is the rightful inheritor of the villa. As cultures clash, gossip soars, and intrigue unfolds, Gemma is caught up in the most disturbing and delicious trouble she's ever had. Now her summer in Tuscany will change her outlook-and her life-forever.

30 review for Summer in Tuscany

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Snagged this book from Bumma- it was what I like to think of as a "palate cleanser" one of those books that are not particularly "deep" that have just meat to satisfy, sort of like sorbet after a fine meal. The descriptions of Tuscany, and Italian cuisine will stay with me far longer than the relationship between Gemma and Ben. I found myself swimming in the memory of that golden light of the Tuscan hills... And I was very pleased that Adler didn't make ex-lover Cash into some horrible selfish guy Snagged this book from Bumma- it was what I like to think of as a "palate cleanser" one of those books that are not particularly "deep" that have just meat to satisfy, sort of like sorbet after a fine meal. The descriptions of Tuscany, and Italian cuisine will stay with me far longer than the relationship between Gemma and Ben. I found myself swimming in the memory of that golden light of the Tuscan hills... And I was very pleased that Adler didn't make ex-lover Cash into some horrible selfish guy who deserved to be hated- instead, she created a story that allows room for honoring past loves and bringing them into new lives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Slick Dungeon

    What is this thing I found rolling around on the floor? Its my new patent-pending, scientifically tested, completely reliable, totally untested and unscientific suckiness meter. This device will without fail let us know if something in a book sucks. Along with this meter, there is a set of instructions. They tell me that there is a rating scale. For every beep I hear while describing something in the book, that is a suckiness point. If there is no beep, I will remove a point. At the end we will What is this thing I found rolling around on the floor? It’s my new patent-pending, scientifically tested, completely reliable, totally untested and unscientific suckiness meter. This device will without fail let us know if something in a book sucks. Along with this meter, there is a set of instructions. They tell me that there is a rating scale. For every beep I hear while describing something in the book, that is a suckiness point. If there is no beep, I will remove a point. At the end we will discover if Summer in Tuscany sucks or not. First, a very quick plot summary. An overworked doctor has to go to Italy because her mother inherited a villa where she grew up. As soon as she gets there, a land dispute breaks out with a handsome American man that we all know is going to end up with the main character. I have no idea why so many romance novels lately involve land disputes but whatever. Stuff happens, people hook up, there’s a wedding and we all knew the summer in Tuscany was going to end with a permanent residence there with said hunky man. Is this Doc Hollywood or Cars with the gender roles reversed? Basically yes. Also, quick note, I listened to this on audio so if I misspell any names please forgive my unintentional error. Suckiness meter activate! The main character, Gemma, is a doctor but in the first chapter wonders if she should get breast implants. Does she not know how bad putting silicon in your body for no reason is for you? What kind of a doctor is she? +3 suckiness points for being a bad doctor. Gemma is described as a hard, working, dedicated emergency room doctor in New York City, who does her best to help people, all while raising a teenage daughter on her own. No beeps. -1 suckiness point. We learn pretty quickly she has a biiiig secret about a man named Chase Drummond who is a cowboy crossed with a surfer. I bet her secret is not all that bad! And seriously, Chase Drummond? I think he should have just been named Chiseled Manhunk. +4 suckiness points for overhyped masculinity and secrets that are not secrets. Gemma’s mother Nona, is hiding that she has a heart defect from her own daughter who I may have mentioned is a doctor. I mean, I get you don’t want to tell your kid bad news but, free health care right?? +1 suckiness point for not using your own resources. Nona has to go back to Italy because she is told by a shady lawyer type that she has inherited this massive property and is now a wealthy heiress. Gemma is going to disrupt her life, and take herself and her kid Olivia (who goes by Livie) for an entire summer to sort it out. I’ve heard much worse reasons to go to Italy so no beeps. -2 suckiness points. The book really gets going once the fam arrives in Italy and there are beautiful descriptions of the scenery and the food described is mouth-watering. -3 suckiness points They see all kinds of sights in this book including going up the stairs of the duomo in Florence but they never wait in line. +4 suckiness points for not making this completely fictional story seem more like reality. Gemma seems to be lusting over virtually every dude she sees but she has promised herself she would remain celibate due to reasons involving that Chase guy from her past. Yeah right. +5 for unbelievability. Gemma, as I have mentioned, is a doctor but at one point she wonders if the “sexy parts” (her words not mine) on her body are called the loins. Did you not have to take anatomy to become an ER doc?! +7 for making me crazy with annoyance at her poor job skills. Gemma meets her love interest, a man named Ben Raphael who, I freaking kid you not, is super wealthy and has a daughter named Muffy. Muffy!! Is there a more stereotypical rich kid name ever? I think she should have been named Super Spoiled Rich Kid instead. +3 for the continuing trend of stupid names. Nona gets her own cute little romance with a guy from the village who remembers her from way back when. I have no problem with this and kind of liked the part where they let the dog decide if they should get married. -2 suckiness points. Livie goes on her first date, with some random Italian guy who thinks she is older than 14, and misses her curfew but kisses him. +9 suckiness points for a combination of bad parenting and predatory grossness. Gemma is constantly questioning her looks, despite the fact that there is a man who is seriously in love with her and keeps telling her how attractive he thinks she is. Confidence, woman! Why do women in these books always have self esteem issues? +5 suckiness points for boring old romance tropes. Ben Raphael is wealthy, handsome, divorced, in love with Gemma and runs a vaguely defined “business”. I think he’s probably doing something really shady to make his money. It never says that in the book, it’s just the obvious conclusion. +3 suckiness points for more romance tropes. For a good part of the book Ben is living at the villa and when he wakes up one morning and the shower does not turn on, he immediately thinks Gemma is to blame. Here’s the thing though, she was kissing him just the night before and although they are in a bit of a legal dispute, she gave him no real reason to think she would do anything like that. Hmmmm…. the shower didn’t turn on, I know! It’s the woman who was kissing me last night. Perfectly logical conslusion. +3 suckiness points for Ben being an idiot. Ben also has weird things he says to Gemma. He literally calls her a walking disaster. He compliments her by saying she is “looking girly”, this despite the fact that he earlier thought how great it was she wasn’t hung up on make up and didn’t care about looking perfect all the time. (Spoiler Ben, she really is hung up on make up constantly and you could tell if you just read her inner dialogue like the rest of us did). Then he proposes to her in an Italian jail cell. Smooth move bro. +7 suckiness points for fake romantic moments. At one point Ben and Gemma are… doing that… and while Ben is looking at her and says how much he wants her, Gemma looks behind her and then asks David, “Me?”. Uhhhh… you got a medical degree you say? But did you really? +3 suckiness points for making Gemma seem dumb, incompetent and way too self conscious with one word. There’s this little side story where they chase around that shady lawyer guy but never catch him. It’s just an excuse for Ben and Gemma to get separated, go to somewhere else in Italy, and then hook up again. I had no problem with this. There are much worse reasons to run all over Italy and it gave the author more room to have nice descriptions of the scenery. -4 suckiness points. Gemma is constantly thinking about how much she needs and loves her job. How it defines her. But in the course of a summer, she is able to just toss it overboard because she met a super rich guy and now her mother owns this villa. It didn’t seem like she was gonna keep doctoring either. Maybe that’s okay considering her track record of not great statements in this book. But still, if she felt it was so important, why give it up so fast? +9 suckiness points for sending the message that you should find your passion and then abandon it for a handsome, wealthy man. Also, I am not saying New York City is better than Italy in any way, they are both good in their own way. But why do these books constantly insist that the best way to live your life is outside of a big, bustling city? What’s wrong with New York? Gemma leaves it without a thought and doesn’t seem to ask her daughter if that’s even okay with her. +2 suckiness points for small country bias. Ben is constantly told by Gemma that she can’t love him. She explains how she will always love Chase which he understands. But he still is on her to say that she loves him, over and over. He proposes and her first reaction is to say no. So he makes her propose to him. Come on man, learn to take no for an answer. I mean, I know the book wouldn’t happen if she didn’t “truly love Ben” on the inside but when a woman says no, take it for exactly what it sounds like. I get it if you want to try again later after some serious discussion but in the moment it shouldn’t be, oh she can’t have meant to say no to me. +15 suckiness points for having to point out again what should be obvious to any decent man. I’m going to give away Gemma’s big, deep dark secret about Chase. She had been in love with him and things were going well. But one night, after her shift ends, she asks David to come pick her up for coffee. He gets in a car accident and Gemma ends up treating him. It’s clear almost instantly that his injuries were too grave for even the best of doctors to save him. I thought her secret was going to be that she was overtired and made a mistake. Or that she blamed herself for not learning some new technique to save him. Nope. She blames herself because she invited him to coffee. Seriously. That’s her big secret. She invited a guy she loved for coffee once and he ended up in a fatal accident. For this she is torn up with guilt. She also dives in to her job because of it. I get the second part, and seriously, I know that grief does strange things to the mind but why would she think this was such a dark secret that she couldn’t ever love someone else because of it? +7 suckiness points for fake secrets. The little romance with Livie and the Italian boy doesn’t go anywhere and she moves on like a perfectly healthy 14 year old girl should. -8 for not making it weird. The book ends with telling us that they get married and live in the villa but whether they stay there or make it a hotel or whatever “is another story”. Good God, there’s going to be a sequel? Please, please, I am begging you, just.. just… don’t okay? +7 suckiness points for sequelitis (undiagnosed by Gemma obviously). Suckiness meter deactivate! Well, there you have it, the patent-pending, scientifically tested, completely reliable, totally untested and unscientific suckiness meter worked like a charm! So what was the total? Sucks = 97. Points taken away for non-suckiness = 20. Grand total of sucks = 77. If you ever need to tell anyone how this book is, just let them know it sucks 77. If you liked this review, check out my blog at Slick Dungeon's Dusty Tomes and Terrible Films where I review books that I'd rather not read and review films that no one should see.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Hansen

    I loved the story, but the narrator sounds "off." There's something about the upperclass voice that doesn't synch with the story's working class, Italian-American characters. The narrator sounds like Mrs. Howell from Gilligan's Island, "Pass me another martini, dahling!" The trio, 1st generation Italian, Sofia Marie, 2nd generation Italian-American, Dr. Gemma Jericho and 3rd generation Italian-American, Olivia Jericho, all fly to Italy after Sofia Marie receives a letter from a priest in her home I loved the story, but the narrator sounds "off." There's something about the upperclass voice that doesn't synch with the story's working class, Italian-American characters. The narrator sounds like Mrs. Howell from Gilligan's Island, "Pass me another martini, dahling!" The trio, 1st generation Italian, Sofia Marie, 2nd generation Italian-American, Dr. Gemma Jericho and 3rd generation Italian-American, Olivia Jericho, all fly to Italy after Sofia Marie receives a letter from a priest in her home village that she has inherited property. ER Doctor, Gemma, is skeptical and finally goes along to please her mother. Sofia Maria dramatically wants to see her home village before she dies (and she wants to go back in style as the heiress she believes herself to be!) Livvie isn't thrilled about going, but teams up with her grandma to get her mom to go. The summer in Italy is a wonderful story of the three women coming together as a family - giving up the work, the baggage and the stress. Gemma is attracted to the current tenant in the villa that Sofia Marie "may" be entitled to -- no one has seen the will. Ben Rafael has paid for the villa and is planning to turn it into a hotel. The adventure really takes off when the romance between Gemma and Ben heats up and the competition to prove who is the legal owner of the villa ensues. All three women and Ben's daughter, Muffy, seem to bloom as the Italian sunshine beings out the best in each of them. Maggie Marchese, a local aristocrat and matchmaker, lends a hand to add romance and drama to the group. Even Sofia Marie's boyfriend, Rocco, gets involved as the townpeople side with Sofia Marie and Ben finds his villa without water, electricity and access roads. The book takes off when Gemma tells Ben about her love for Cash, her fiance who died tragically. Ben vows to win Gemma and his villa. Funny, fast and soft-hearted, this is a wonderful romance. The audio was weird, but the narrator did an outstanding job with the erotic scenes and her voice sparkled whenever Maggie Marchese was in the scene. Lots of fun to listen to in the car. The descriptions of the sights, sounds and tastes of the Tuscan landscape bring this story to life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    September

    I loved this book. It is probably my favorite book from what I have read so far this year. It was a lovely story, well put togther, nice plot, relaxing read but very enjoyable. I really really liked it. :) The story was unexpectedly touching. I recently read Meet Me in Venice and expected much of the same, but Summer in Tuscany gave me much, much more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    This book is pure fluff and lots of fun to read. I love anything about Tuscany! I love to read about the villages, the food, the Italian language and about travel. Just an easy read and lots of fun!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Winters

    total chick lit with too much gross typical angst then lovey-dovey, happily ever after..and yet I still liked it!?! WTF??? LOL

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Fun book! Well written with vivid descriptions that made me feel I was eating the food and visiting the countryside. Brought back special memories from my visits to Italy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Id never heard of nor read this writer before so I wasnt sure what to expect. What a delightful surprise. I did this on audio & the narrator Celeste Lawson was good. i would highly recommend doing it that way. Some humor. Appealing characters. Nice story. Good use of words to print a picture. I liked the character Libby & her subplot story. Made me want to take a trip to Italy. I didnt like the foreshadowing and alternating point of views in the narrative. The last 1/3 did drag a bit. Good if I’d never heard of nor read this writer before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What a delightful surprise. I did this on audio & the narrator Celeste Lawson was good. i would highly recommend doing it that way. Some humor. Appealing characters. Nice story. Good use of words to print a picture. I liked the character Libby & her subplot story. Made me want to take a trip to Italy. I didn’t like the foreshadowing and alternating point of views in the narrative. The last 1/3 did drag a bit. Good if you want something light & charming.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Georgina

    Elizabeth Adler, one of my favourite authors after reading many of her previous novels. Summer in Tuscany became avaliable at the library and I was excited to read it and see if it would live up to her other novels. Gemma Jericho is tired really tired. She is an is an overworked doctor with a teenage daughter to look out for and a mother who seems more involced in Gemma's life than she herself is. Life seems to be running along the same old path until Gemma's mother receives a mysterious letter Elizabeth Adler, one of my favourite authors after reading many of her previous novels. Summer in Tuscany became avaliable at the library and I was excited to read it and see if it would live up to her other novels. Gemma Jericho is tired really tired. She is an is an overworked doctor with a teenage daughter to look out for and a mother who seems more involced in Gemma's life than she herself is. Life seems to be running along the same old path until Gemma's mother receives a mysterious letter informing her that she has inherited property in Tuscany. Gemma thinks it seems a little suspicous but they throw caution to the wind and set off on a trip to Italy, hoping it will bring new adventure to their lives. What Gemma and her family find waiting for them in Tuscany, however is not what they has expected and soon a feud begins over who should rightfully have inherited the property. The trip to Italy may just change Gemma and her family forever. Elizabeth Adler does not dissapoint with this intriguing novel, filled with romance, the growth of all relationships and the luscious country that is Italy. Adler's descriptions of Italy will leave you dreaming of jumping on a plane and exploring this wonderful country. A light exciting beach read http://chicklitaholic.blogspot.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This is hands down the worst book I have ever read and I have read some bad books. I'm always disappointed when I start a new book after finishing one I liked, so I was skeptical of my dislike for this and tried my best to give it the benefit of the doubt. However, it just continued to get exponentially worse...to the point that it was almost unbelievably bad, like the author just gave up and began making fun of herself. It is insanely predictable to begin with - family goes to Italy, single mom This is hands down the worst book I have ever read and I have read some bad books. I'm always disappointed when I start a new book after finishing one I liked, so I was skeptical of my dislike for this and tried my best to give it the benefit of the doubt. However, it just continued to get exponentially worse...to the point that it was almost unbelievably bad, like the author just gave up and began making fun of herself. It is insanely predictable to begin with - family goes to Italy, single mom falls in love at first sight with single American dad, drama ensues. Grandma and daughter also fall in love, yada yada. The story gets ridiculous when the mom, Jemma, let's her 14 year old daughter go on a first (ever) date with a random Italian local to a club and gives her a midnight curfew, which of course she misses. Cinderella, really?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Niles

    Has the writer been to Florence? According to her the piazza della signoria has turned into a parking lot!!! And without standing in line for hours the characters just walk up the stairs of the duomo. And there is more of this nonsense. The boom is a standard love story. Dominant rich misunderstood man and insecure woman with a broken heart. My first and last book by elizabeth adler

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    First book that i read by Elizabeth Adler, and my favourite.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bev Taylor

    gemma is a single mother with a 14 year old daughter, livvie. she works like a maniac in the a & e ward of a new york hospital whilst trying to keep ends together and has a loving italian mother, nonna then noona learns she has an inheritance in her home village in tuscany. where she has not been since leaving 4 decades ago. so she asks gemma to up sticks and take some well earned leave and travel with her and of course livvie gemma is convinced that it will just be a sparse bit of land with gemma is a single mother with a 14 year old daughter, livvie. she works like a maniac in the a & e ward of a new york hospital whilst trying to keep ends together and has a loving italian mother, nonna then noona learns she has an inheritance in her home village in tuscany. where she has not been since leaving 4 decades ago. so she asks gemma to up sticks and take some well earned leave and travel with her and of course livvie gemma is convinced that it will just be a sparse bit of land with an olive tree but it turns out to be a villa - although in serious need of repair even more disconcerting an american is there for his month's holiday and states that he has purchased the villa from the lawyer who handled the dead count's estate ...... needless to say the gloves r off but as gemma is absorbed by the italian lifestyle she also finds herself drawn to a certain american ...... strong female characterisation predominates along with a vivid description of the local architecture and landscape. h/e the food element was overdone and could have cut a few dozen pages out of the novel also some questions - what arrangements were made for sinbad when they left? why did they ot immediately track down the lawyer's office? in those days sinbad would have gone into quarantine; said wedding cake was 5 tiers but listed 2 X 3 colours of the 2 flags way too co-incidental their initial meeting and also it was obvious the way it would end. not too original grammatical and spelling errors 3.5 stars bev

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I'm not sure why the people who wrote bad reviews about this book seemed to have been expecting a Pulitzer Prize winner here. It's chicklit for heaven's sake. It has all the weight of a feather and about as much verisimilitude as a Donald Trump statement. Gemma Jericho is an ER doc from New York raising her 14-year old daughter by herself. On Sunday's they have dinner with her widowed mother "Nonna." Life is pretty well laid out. And then Nonna gets a letter telling her she's inherited a villa I'm not sure why the people who wrote bad reviews about this book seemed to have been expecting a Pulitzer Prize winner here. It's chicklit for heaven's sake. It has all the weight of a feather and about as much verisimilitude as a Donald Trump statement. Gemma Jericho is an ER doc from New York raising her 14-year old daughter by herself. On Sunday's they have dinner with her widowed mother "Nonna." Life is pretty well laid out. And then Nonna gets a letter telling her she's inherited a villa back in the Tuscan village where she was raised. Soon the three women are off on a summer holiday. Surprise, the gorgeous man Gemma meets in Rome turns up in the village - and despite their obvious attraction to each other there are BIG things that could tear them apart, not the least of which is a past love of Gemmas. We all know where this is going and how it's going to end. So I just sat back and enjoyed it. Are part of it ridiculously silly - absolutely. My main quibble is that again the narrator sounds so much older than Gemma, which definitely does take away from the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norma Jean

    Gemma Jerico, an ER doc in a busy New York hospital, lives as a single mother with no life other than work and home--except every Sunday when she and Livvie, her 14 year-old, go to "Nonna's" for Sunday dinner. It is a family ritual--that is, until Nonna receives a letter of inheriting a villa in the city of her birth in Tuscany. Nonna, in old custom ways still dresses in black for her lost husband of years ago and pinches every penny, decides they are all going to see what she inherited and so Gemma Jerico, an ER doc in a busy New York hospital, lives as a single mother with no life other than work and home--except every Sunday when she and Livvie, her 14 year-old, go to "Nonna's" for Sunday dinner. It is a family ritual--that is, until Nonna receives a letter of inheriting a villa in the city of her birth in Tuscany. Nonna, in old custom ways still dresses in black for her lost husband of years ago and pinches every penny, decides they are all going to see what she inherited and so the journey begins. This is a light-hearted tale of secrets, intrigue, romance, disappointments and change all the way around. The story was an easy read and moved along at a nice speed with lots of local color of the Tuscany countryside and way of life. If you want something fun to read, this might be it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    The Italian setting would definitely get 5 starsRome, Florence, Positano, Tuscany. Ahhhh, whats not to love?!? That being said, the characters, especially Gemma, were the downfall. This woman needed serious therapy and she got on my nerves. And what kind of idiot mother lets her 14 year-old daughter go out on a date (in a car) with a "gorgeous" older boy she's just met??? Also, I found it a little far fetched that a rich, handsome man such as Ben would be so enamored with a klutzy, multi-phobic The Italian setting would definitely get 5 stars—Rome, Florence, Positano, Tuscany. Ahhhh, what’s not to love?!? That being said, the characters, especially Gemma, were the downfall. This woman needed serious therapy and she got on my nerves. And what kind of idiot mother lets her 14 year-old daughter go out on a date (in a car) with a "gorgeous" older boy she's just met??? Also, I found it a little far fetched that a rich, handsome man such as Ben would be so enamored with a klutzy, multi-phobic woman. Add to that the numerous sex scenes which really could have been "edited". Despite the delightful descriptions of Italy (oh, that food!), I probably won’t bother reading another book by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber Plant

    This book was just not for me. I thought it would be a fun book to finish out the summer with. It was written during the time I lived in Italy so I figured it would be fun to remember those years through this book. Um, no. To be honest, this book bored me to death. If I wasn't so stubborn I wouldn't have finished it. It's over 350 pages and could have been whittled down to about 150. There was nothing to keep my interest, even the "mystery" that she developed. It switched between several This book was just not for me. I thought it would be a fun book to finish out the summer with. It was written during the time I lived in Italy so I figured it would be fun to remember those years through this book. Um, no. To be honest, this book bored me to death. If I wasn't so stubborn I wouldn't have finished it. It's over 350 pages and could have been whittled down to about 150. There was nothing to keep my interest, even the "mystery" that she developed. It switched between several viewpoints but I really saw no reason why, I didn't feel like I gained anything from each perspective. All in all, I was not a fan. I haven't read any of her books before and may never again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Munroe

    So I left the world of mysteries to go back to a book I started at the end of December. I had heard the title but didn't know what to expect---Maybe a travel log? No, it was a romance. I really didn't need to read a romance having escaped several on line nutcases, lost a former sweetheart and met a man who was not the type of man I would want. How do single women love these? Still, I can read mysteries without expecting murder & mayhem. So, I guess it is fine that way. This is a good book. A So I left the world of mysteries to go back to a book I started at the end of December. I had heard the title but didn't know what to expect---Maybe a travel log? No, it was a romance. I really didn't need to read a romance having escaped several on line nutcases, lost a former sweetheart and met a man who was not the type of man I would want. How do single women love these? Still, I can read mysteries without expecting murder & mayhem. So, I guess it is fine that way. This is a good book. A little romance and a bit of travel log.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bettie Saccardo

    I love good books about Italy. I found the descriptions of the country and the food enticing. The author did an excellent job of making you feel you were in Italy. The main character however was lacking to me. No matter what has happened to you in life, Ive never known an emergency room physician to be this, for a lack of another term, self absorbed and self defeating. I gave it 4 stars because of the rest. If I based it on the main character, it would be a 2. I love good books about Italy. I found the descriptions of the country and the food enticing. The author did an excellent job of making you feel you were in Italy. The main character however was lacking to me. No matter what has happened to you in life, I’ve never known an emergency room physician to be this, for a lack of another term, self absorbed and self defeating. I gave it 4 stars because of the rest. If I based it on the main character, it would be a 2.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lois Zollars

    Charming I would have given this story five stars, but I absolutely detest the "F" word... commonly used in today's conversations and books, but no less vulgar. A great story of people, regardless of age, finding themselves, true love, and happiness. This story is rich with Italian/Tuscan history, traditions, and beautiful descriptions of the cities and countryside. PG rating for the sex scenes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amara

    I'm really surprised I finished this. No more Elizabeth Adler for me. I decided I just hate this writer. Other people love her so don't let me put anyone else off, the reactions of her characters just don't ring true for me, and the description is lovely, but so lavish, I get tired of it and just crave a little more action.

  22. 5 out of 5

    JANET E. O'NEILL

    A nice light romance. Good for a summer read on the beach. I enjoyed the descriptions of beautiful Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi coast. I fe!t like it was me floating in the waters of Positano. and eating and drinking the delicious food and wine of the region's. Other than that the story line was too light for my tastes. Others however will certainly enjoy this cute romance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    I enjoyed this story of a serious woman who has scheduled romance out of her life but is drawn into a summer away with her mother and daughter to claim an inheritance. It was enjoyable, told in first person by several of the characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    I love anything written in Tuscany but this was just a little too cheesy for me I'm really not into romances and it was kind of predictable I really wanted to give it to an a half stars but because of the setting I gave it three

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Sweet,cute easy read about a Gemma and New York doctor hardened but her job in the ER and a lost love. Her Italian mother receives word that she has inherited property in her native Tuscan town. They pack themselves and Gemmas teenaged daughter up for a summer of discovery and love. Sweet,cute easy read about a Gemma and New York doctor hardened but her job in the ER and a lost love. Her Italian mother receives word that she has inherited “property “ in her native Tuscan town. They pack themselves and Gemma’s teenaged daughter up for a summer of discovery and love.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    A woman inherits a villa in Tuscany & the shenanigans to prove the rightful owner. Loved the descriptions of life in Tuscany, but didn't care for the main storyline.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Su

    Very enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marg Kendron

    Nice read. Entertaining

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Too bad I wasn't on a beach reading this book, because it's a perfect beach read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Fantastic book. Wish it could have lasted longer. Dreamy setting, loved the characters.

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