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One Italian Summer
One Italian Summer: A Novel | Rebecca Serle
The New York Times bestselling author of the heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hard to put down (Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author) modern classic In Five Years returns with a moving and unforgettable exploration of the powerful bond between mother and daughter set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. When Katys mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasnt just Katys 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: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katys 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 mothers 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 appearsin the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesnt understand what is happening, or howall 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 Serles next great love story is here, and this time its 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.
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OriginalCyn620
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Found #pantone2022 matches for my last completed read!

Clwojick These are perfect matches! Way to go! 1d
MyNamesParadise One Italian Summer is sooo good! 15h
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OriginalCyn620
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I finished this last Friday about an hour before I left for vacation. 😂
Just now having a chance to post, but I really enjoyed this one. I think Serle is now an autu-buy author for me!

#bookspinbingo

TheBookHippie Me too. 2d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
MyNamesParadise I really enjoyed it!! 15h
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RenePenn
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First book I‘ve read by this author. I don‘t generally pick time travel books but I enjoyed this one.

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TheBookHippie
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📙Not one thing about it is a go to for me but I enjoyed it one afternoon sitting in the sun on my patio. 🤷🏻‍♀️

📙🖤🎩👒

📙 It‘s soothing

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Consider yourself tagged ! #THOUGHTFULTHURSDAY

MoonWitch94 Historical Fiction? That‘s my guess 🙂 Thanks for playing 4d
TheBookHippie @MoonWitch94 ha lord no. Classical Literature -Gothic are my favorites Bronte, Poe …poetry, Shakespeare. (edited) 4d
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keys_on_fire
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Reading about a summer vacation while on summer vacation at the beach! This is close to heaven!

EvieBee Nice! 7d
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LatrelWhite
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love this book. Barnes & Noble Bookclub pick.
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: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy‘s father.

TheBookHippie I read this with my adult daughter she sobbed every page. I very much enjoyed it. 2w
LatrelWhite @TheBookHippie 🤗yes a tearjerker. 2w
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Acoleman
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Listened to this one. Read by Lauren Graham. Very entertaining. Having traveled to the Amalfi coast it brought me right back!

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Bklover
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1. I think so!

2. Not a bit! I bought this one because it was on sale and I read it because it was short. Ended up being a good one!
#two4tuesday
@BethM

KristiAhlers Thanks for the tag. 3w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the tag!!! 3w
KristiAhlers The book Flock the cover did reflect the story with but it was not the reason I picked up the book. Which is truthfully odd for me as cover art does drive most decisions to pick up a read. 3w
eeclayton Thanks for the tag ☺️ 3w
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Bookjunkie57
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Bklover
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One of y‘all kindly posted that this was on sale on Amazon (the hardcover-$8.64) so I snapped it up! Thank you dear Litten!

KristiAhlers We read that one for the B&N book club. We are meeting again in person. I‘m the one running it! Hope you enjoy this one. We had mixed views on it. 3w
Bklover So far I‘m enjoying. Not too far though. What is the BN club reading for June? @KristiAhlers (edited) 3w
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OriginalCyn620
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This is definitely on my list for this month!

#bigjunereadathonphotochallenge #bigjunereadathon

Clwojick Great pick! 3w
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Eggs
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Day 8: finished 11 audiobooks, 1 physical book, 1 ebook

My top 3 are The Judge‘s List, One Italian Summer, and The New Girl

#MarvellousMay @Andrew65

Texreader Impressive! 1mo
Eggs Thank you Karen 🙏🏻 @Texreader 1mo
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ErraticElle
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Such a great read. A contemporary with a magical realism twist. Lighthearted with good emotional content. Highly atmospheric & wonderful writing. A beautiful commentary on mother/daughter relationships. Both sad & lovely. Katy's overwhelming grief & the resulting trauma to her own self-worth are painted so well. Though I didn't necessarily like her all the time, I felt like I understood her. Highly recommend the audio, narrated by Lauren Graham.

kspenmoll Wonderful review. I plan to read this during my summer off from teaching! Now I cannot wait! 1mo
ErraticElle @kspenmoll I hope you love it!! 1mo
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Gleefulreader
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Mehso-so

Today‘s finish. Some moments I really enjoyed here although the parts that should have meant the most - the interaction between mother and daughter - were the ones that oddly, felt most forced and fell flat.

mcctrish This was an odd one for me, it was light ( despite the heaviness of grief for losing her mom and separating from her husband) and escapist because of the location. It was a quick read but if you are struggling in a relationship or you‘ve just lost a parent maybe give this a wide berth 1mo
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Shievad
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Fun quick read. The author pays a lot of attention to little details, makes you feel like you‘re there.

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Sharpeipup
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Return to the library haul! Hoping there‘s an equal stack of holds waiting for me…

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Injeanious
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I loved this feel good book. The beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the love and finding yourself. A different twist on time change. Makes you want to go there and find yourself.

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Kristin_Reads
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🎧 5-3-22 || Time-Travel | Light | Summer-y
This is a fun and quick read, narrated by Lauren Graham. This would be a good summer/beach read. It also held my attention while I folded laundry and did the dishes 😉

LeslieO I am still craving lemon ricotta pasta! 2mo
Kristin_Reads @LeslieO Oh yes! So much food deliciousness! 2mo
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wen4blu
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“I‘ve never smoked, but it‘s the last day of my mother‘s shiva, so here we are.”

#firstlinefridays
#currentlyreading
@ShyBookOwl

EvieBee That‘s a good one. 2mo
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Lesliereadsalot
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Mehso-so

This is a time travel thing where a girl gets to go back and meet her mother when they were both 30. It‘s a light read but kept my attention.

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AvidReader25
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After her mother dies, Katie decides to take the trip to Italy that they were suppressed to take together. The relationship between mothers and daughters is so complicated and this book reflects that. Katie‘s codependency was exhausting at times, but I loved seeing her begin to understand her mother as a woman, not just a parent. No one else can make you happy. Figuring out who you are as a person cannot be dependent upon what others do for you.

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Kshakal
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This book was so beautifully written that I fell in love with it right away… a story about how one comes back to life after the loss of a parent (something I am still struggling with). Definitely a 5 ⭐️ read!!

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Roxanareads
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Current audiobook loving it

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BayouGirl85
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Mehso-so

I gravitated to this audiobook because of Laura Graham being the narrator and that became the main highlight of the book for me. I am not sure I would label this a romance. For me it's a dive into grief. Even though the audio was only 6 hours, this one took me a while because it was hard to get invested in. I didn't care for Katy and I am not sure why. Overall I was underwhelmed...sadly.

April Book 11/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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NikkiKey94
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I really enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one day! I found it to be a very beautifully written novel. It teaches a very important lesson about love and loss and brought tears to my eyes several times! I definitely recommend this book and plan on reading other books by the author!

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review!

Eggs I loved In Five Years! 2mo
NikkiKey94 @Eggs I haven‘t read it yet but it‘s definitely on my list now! 2mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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4-14-22: My 35th finished book of 2022! When Katy Silver loses her mother to cancer, she is left lost and bereft feeling as though not only her mom but her best friend has died. They had planned a mother-daughter trip to Poistano and Katy decides to take the trip alone. This book is a love letter to Italy and to the bond between mothers and daughters. I would have loved to travel to Italy with my Mom. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#️⃣3️⃣5️⃣

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The blurb for this one begins “When Katy‘s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn‘t just Katy‘s mom but her best friend and first phone call.” They were planning a mother-daughter trip she now takes alone.
This has such a lovely cover and sounds really interesting…hoping it doesn‘t hit too close to home as my Mom was diagnosed with cancer just before thanksgiving, finished 4 rounds of chemo and is about to have a stem cell transplant ❤️💪🏻

marleed Wis#hing your mother well! 2mo
AmyG May all go as planned for your Mom. I have some friends who had this and they are doing great. Best wishes for her. 2mo
kstadt929 @marleed @AmyG Thank you both 💕 Great to hear your friends are doing great! They say this is the most successful treatment 2mo
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LKK526
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Devastated by her mother‘s death and not sure she wants to stay married, Katy goes to Positano, Italy - the trip intended for both her and her mother - alone. This is a lovely story with an undercurrent of sadness. I couldn‘t put it down. I wanted to buy a ticket for Italy immediately!

TheSpineView Great! 😊 3mo
EvieBee This sounds great! Going to see if it‘s available at my library. Audio? 3mo
LKK526 @EvieBee I had this on hold at library just as I was finishing a book I got notification that this had come in. Waited a while 3mo
LKK526 @EvieBee just saw your question about audio. I think this would make an excellent listen 2mo
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Bekkers
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Book #24 down, I liked the twists!

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CMCurtis77
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When you cannot go to Europe this year… you do the next best thing. Read a story including it!!!!

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rmaclean4
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Mehso-so

Beautiful setting but a bit disappointing. About a mother and daughter and not losing your sense of self when you become a parent. 2 🌟

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MyNamesParadise
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What a sweet and cute read! I went through this one pretty quickly. Katy has just lost her mother and they were so very close. They had planned to go to Italy together but when her mom passed Katy decided to go on the trip herself where she encounters a younger version of her mother! Really heartfelt and with some romance, this makes for a good read. Now I need to read her book In Five Years which I actually own!

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JenReadsAlot
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I didn't really care about the plot/characters but man the description of Italy had me looking up the area!

peaknit Italy is on my list! 3mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️

I liked the Italian setting and premise, but was put off by the characterization and plot. Katy was selfish and illogical, her relationship with her mom was unhealthy, and the magical realism element wasn‘t developed coherently at all. It didn‘t emotionally resonate for me, probably especially after recently listening to (and loving) “Crying in H Mart”, which is also about a daughter grieving her mother‘s death and is beautifully written. 🎧

TheSpineView I didn't like this either, for the same reasons. 3mo
ICantImReading @TheSpineView it was disappointing!! 3mo
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angel1
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I had the cutest lil helper mailing out a book this morning that I sold...my princess granddaughter💗

AmyG What a cutie! 3mo
Gissy A princess 👸🏼👑 💖✨ 3mo
TheSpineView Adorable! 3mo
marleed So sweet! 3mo
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mcctrish
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This was lovely. I‘m still decompressing from A Little Life so light and escapist is my love language. It‘s our spring break, so travelling vicariously is bonus points. I need to go to Italy now. A heads up that some might find this sad, the main character loses an important person but after the A Little Life trauma this is a light read for me

robinb I‘m really wanting to read this one! I‘ve heard good things. 😊 3mo
mcctrish @robinb it‘s a bit fantastical, the setting is amazing 3mo
robinb It sounds a bit sad but maybe ultimately uplifting? 3mo
mcctrish @robinb yes exactly 3mo
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JHSiess
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✿𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰✿

𝐑𝐞𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐜𝐚 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐞 sweeps you to beautiful Italy for 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐫.

Katy has been sheltered & pampered, never learned to live her own life & make her own decisions, & can't navigate grief. Execution of the magical premise is clunky, at best. The complexities of the mother-daughter bond & emotional journey resonate.⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸: https://tinyurl.com/2vb9ey9j

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mcctrish
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Started this, travelling vicariously through my books for spring break ❤️❤️

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I won this book from Bookly . There are 25 challenges and small #bookish prizes in the envelopes that you open upon completion of a challenge.

For my first challenge, I chose to read “One Italian Summer” published this year.

My #bookish prize is this little post it word notes.

How fun is this!

JanuarieTimewalker13 So cute!!! 4mo
tracey38 I've seen this book before. Such a cute idea! 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 16/150.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Really, no. Lauren Graham narration only seemed to make the protagonist more unlikeable?! And, the plot set up just didn‘t work for me.

KristiAhlers I felt the same way. I only read it as it was a book club choice. 4mo
Laughterhp I didn‘t know Lauren Graham narrated books! 4mo
marleed Haha - I gave it a pick purely for the Lauren Graham narration. In my head I saw this as Lorelei and Rory and then changed my mind to Lorelei and her mom. But there was a serious flaw in how this came together towards the end and I‘m surprised it got past editing. 4mo
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KristiAhlers
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Another book club pick that is making me rethink book clubs to be honest. Katy the MC is obnoxious, unlikable and frankly unsympathetic. Oh and selfish to boot. I get people all grieve differently but this…and what should be a clever time travel trope is not executed well at all. This is my second time reading this author and my last. #bookclubread.

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marleed
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Occasionally I get lucky with both the audio and physical copy of a new release. Lauren Graham narrating a mother/daughter - how can I resist that! Sometimes I pictured Lorelei and Rory in these characters, while other times I thought no, it‘s Lorelei and her mother. Honestly, that narration made this a pick for me. I have no problem suspending belief for fun some fiction but there is a glaring flaw as the end draws near in this one.

BrittanyReads Ohhhh! That's exciting Graham narrated this!! I'll have to go put it on hold! 4mo
marleed @BrittanyReads She‘s a great narrator. I can‘t imagine the author envisioned Lauren Graham as the narrator as she spun this tale, so I just think it funny the story took a twist for me as I was never without the Gilmore girls in my head as I moved through it. I think this would have been a so-so read for me without this specific narration. 4mo
BrittanyReads I'm a huge fan of Gilmore Girls and now even more excited to read this! ☺️ Is it very sad? I don't do sad..lol that's why I avoided it as a botm pick haha 4mo
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marleed @BrittanyReads I didn‘t think it was sad because the reader knows up front that the mother has passed away. It was more about the daughter discovering who she was when the love of her life - her mother - was no longer there to map out her daughter‘s life. 4mo
BrittanyReads Thank you! Good to know 😊 4mo
JHSiess Curious if we're both thinking along the same lines regarding the flaw . . . 3mo
marleed @JHSiess Haha. I could suspend disbelief if the younger spirit of Carol visited Katy in real time. But for Katy to visit the spirit of her young mother in her mother‘s time and not come across anything that foretold the 90s made no sense. They could have easily flipped that script in the end without changing the story! 3mo
JHSiess @marieed Exactly! Didn't work for me. I guess we were supposed to believe she didn't realize it because she locked her cell phone in the safe. (Who does that?) But she didn't notice that no ine else was using a smart phone??? What about cars? What about clothes? Computers?? Sheesh. Was Serle alive in 1992? I was! It was a very different time. 3mo
marleed @JHSiess I was really glad the year was not made clear to the reader upfront because it would have negatively impacted the whole read. I really enjoyed the story up until that reveal and then it was an editing miss. 3mo
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My BOTM books for March.
Also got The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

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wallacereads
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Kicking off #FabulousFebruary.

Still reeling from her mother‘s death, Katy heads to Italy. Katy seemingly finds everything she needs including great food, a gorgeous man, scenery and improbably her mother; as she was when she was 30. This is a great heart-wrenching story. The descriptions of Positano were the highlight for me.

Look for it on March 1/22. Thanks to NetGalley and @SimonSchuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 4mo
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3 STARS - This was a good read with an interesting twist but I didn't get all the feels. No tears and found the main relationship a bit odd and uncomfortable.

Review: https://bit.ly/OneItalianSummerReview

TheSpineView I didn't care for this either 5mo
Bakingbookworm @TheSpineView I thought it was odd who Katy felt was her soul mate! I didn‘t even tear up with this book. 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence I didn‘t like The Dinner List and never felt drawn to read any of her others. But the premises often seem really good! 5mo
Bakingbookworm @LiteraryinLawrence I‘ve never read The Dinner List but liked In Five Years fairly well. I don‘t think magical realism is my thing. 5mo
TheSpineView @Bakingbookworm I didn't either. I read some of the reviews and a lot of people loved this book. Personally, I don't get it. 5mo
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Not a fan of this book. If not for the fact it was an ARC I would have bailed on it. I forced myself to finish it. I'm shuddering right now it was horrible. There were two big problems. First, the relationship Katy has with her mother is toxic. She couldn't do ANYTHING without asking her mother if it is the right choice. Katy believes that her mother knows not only best but everything! I just wanted to tell Katy to grow up. How her husband could⬇️

TheSpineView That in their marriage I'll never know. It was so bad, it was gross reading about it. Then there is the time travel that occurs in the book and it is so poorly done. This is a HUGE plot mistake. If you went back in time 30 years wouldn't you notice something was wrong? Katy never wondered why there were no cell phones, clothes were all wrong, old cars, etc. Please... don't treat readers like we are stupid. Don't waste your time on this one! 5mo
Megabooks I hated her debut! Like really hated! 5mo
TheSpineView @Megabooks Thanks for that bit of info. It just confirms this is not an author I care for. 5mo
KristiAhlers Ugh I‘m reading for a book club and I‘m not even 100 pages And I‘m finding Katy to be an unlikable and unsympathetic character. Eric deserves better. She‘s selfish and just…ugh. I‘ve read this author before and wasn‘t impressed. This is solidifying my dislike. Glad I‘m not alone in this. 4mo
TheSpineView @KristiAhlers Yeap! Didn't like Katy one bit. 4mo
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