About the author (as seen in the book)
Sue Moorcroft writes award-winning contemporary fiction of life and love. The little Village Christmas was a Sunday Times bestseller and The Christmas Promise went to #1 in the Kindle Chart. She also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’.
An army child, Sue was born in Germany than lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK and still loves to travel. Her other loves include writing ( the best job in the world), reading, watching Formula 1 on TV and hanging out with friends, dancing, yoga, wine and chocolate.
Publication date: 17th May 2018
ISBN: Paperback 9780008260040
Also available in Ebook and Audiobook format
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Romance/ Fiction
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Borrowed from a friend
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
What if you had a chance to start again?
When Sofia’s father dies, it makes her look at things afresh. Having been his carer for many years, Sofia knows it’s time to live her own life- and fulfil the promises she made in his final days.
As her first act, Sofia heads to Italy’s Umbrian Mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian Village, family secrets await her. There she meets Amy. who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering the dad she’s always known isn’t her biological father.
Can Sofia help Amy through this difficult time and heal her own family’s troubled past? Or will the handsome and mysterious Levi prove to be the biggest distraction as her new life begins…?
I have to say first off, what a gorgeous and summery front cover this book has got!!! The scene on the cover is so delightfully pleasing to the eye; from the lemon trees creeping on to the side of the cover bursting with lemons, to the blue sky which gradually gets lighter as it meets the mountains in the back ground! A village nestled near a lake and a lady sits opposite on a picnic rug with a picnic basket and the lady is gazing at the village in front. The title is in a lovely summery yellow and stands out well against the blue sky behind and tie’s in with the yellow lemons. Sue’s name is in white and situated at the bottom of the cover with green grass behind! I adore this cover and makes me feel all summery inside!
Prior to me starting my blog I had read a few of Sue’s eBooks and can honestly say I was unable to put them down and fell in love with her story telling. Last year I read Just For The Holidays and was hooked again from the very first page. So when my friend passed my One Summer in Italy to borrow to say I was excited was an understatement!!!!!
After caring for her elderly sick father Aldo for many years Sofia has had to put her life on hold to take care of him. Aldo knows this and before he passes he makes her promise’s to carry out some wishes he want’s for her.
1.She isn’t allowed to mope about.
2.She is to do all the things single women do!
3.To visit Italy; specifically his home town of Monteliberta.
4.She is to lay flowers on her grandparents grave
5.To drink Orvieto Classico in Monteliberta.
Aldo; is like a closed book when it comes to talking about his family back in his home town. He give’s Sofia snippets; which she will have to piece together to find out more about her Italian family. Sofia is undoubtedly intrigued about the prospect of finding new family members she has never met.
Travelling to Monteliberta; Italy Sofia finds a live in job at Hotel Casa Felice as a waitress. In this time she becomes friends with her young co-worker Amy; who has just left home after finding out the father she thought was her father isn’t and feel’s lied too. Sofia takes Amy under her wing; keeping an eye out for her especially when the owner’s son David leering over her and he causes a commotion in the restaurant when she is working; which nearly resorts to her losing her job and bed. Until Sofia and handsome biker guest steps in to save her job. Who is the handsome biker guest? And why did he jump in like he did for Amy? Will Amy make up with her mother? Can she get her head around it all? Will she want to find her biological father? Where will she start?
The owner Benedetta has strict rules for her workers one being the staff are not allowed to date guests at hotel Casa Felice. She is particular about her hotel and when she finds out who Sofia’s family are she is itching to keep Sofia working at the hotel.
As well as keeping an eye on Amy and the biker man, Sofia set’s off to find out more about her family, why her father never returned to his home land and to for fill the promises she made to her father. Can Sofia complete all the promises? Will she find out more than she bargained for in regards to her father and her Italian family? How will her Italian family react to her being around? Can she guide Amy as best she can? How far will she go to help keep her friend safe? Can she do thing that single women do?!?
One Summer in Italy; is full of mystery, family secrets; which has been woven in to family history, romance, friendships and all in a wonderful setting!
I really really enjoyed this book from beginning to end! Sue has a way of hooking the reader with; characters that intrigue you to the point, you must know more. Her dashing display of description; which made me feel very much that I was right there with the characters as the story unfolded! What a gift this lady has!
I particularly adored Sofia’s and Amy’s friendship, because Sofia becomes a great support to young Amy in dealing with her family troubles at every turn. I think that because they both had family issues of their own they connected so well. And of course there were may drama’s along the way which kept me very entertained!
I think it’s far to say I was glued to One Summer in Italy, I found it to be a refreshing summery read; with a great storyline and a wonderful setting. I defiantly recommend this book whole heartedly!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft
A Well deserved 5 Sparkly Stars
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