Another great read for these cold, wintry days is Jennifer Probst’s Our Italian Summer. Pre-Covid, my family and I visited Italy nearly every summer so I’ve really been missing our travels. While we don’t have any plans to visit this year, it was wonderful to take a virtual trip via this book!
Probst weaves a lovely and emotional tale about three generations of women seeking to reclaim happiness in their lives. Sophia Ferrari is struggling with an illness and no longer feels close to her daughter Francesca; Francesca is a workaholic who barely has any time to spend with her own daughter Allegra; and, Allegra is getting into all sorts of trouble as a result. The Ferrari women are all in need of reconnecting with each other, and Italy is the perfect place for this to happen. The interactions feel real and not forced, and Probst does an excellent job of depicting the often fraught relationship between mothers and daughters. And, I loved how all of the women reconnected while exploring Italy. Filled with gorgeous descriptions of the Italian countryside and some heartfelt romances along the way, Our Italian Summer was the perfect escapist read during this rough winter!
Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Books for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.