One Italian Summer
Books | Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “[A] magical trip worth taking.” —Associated Press “Rebecca Serle is a maestro of love in all its forms.” —Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author 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’s next great love story is here, and this time it’s between a mother and a daughter. With her signature “heartbreaking, redemptive, and authentic” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.
Simon and Schuster
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"Wow! Rebecca Serle did it again! She’s a master at controlling time + unpredictable plot twists! Such an amazing, inspiring, and captivating work! I want to go to Italy more than ever now and see this beautiful scenery for myself! It’s a beautiful book on stages of grief from loosing someone you love, a parent. It’s about acceptance and learning how to love again. How life isn’t easy but it’s about finding yourself and getting back up! It’s got romance but mostly just finding guidance + purpose in life post heartbreak (grief). "
"I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the concept of self discovery and how Katy and her mom both had their own journeys and helped each other through them. I just found Katy to be very immature. Her reliance on her mom and her lack up understanding peoples humanness and have her mom on a pedestal at 30 seemed bizarre. It was a sweet story and had some unexpected twists. "
"Great mother - daughter read! "