Saturday 2 May 2020

One Italian Summer - Lori Nelson Spielman || Blog Tour

Three women. One family curse. The summer of a lifetime. 

For generations, no second-born daughter in the Fontana family has married. Lucy desperately wants to find love, but for her cousin Emilia, their family curse is a blessing in disguise.

 But then their Great Aunt Poppy declares she’ll reunite with her long-lost love on her eightieth birthday – and break the curse once and for all.

 And so the three women embark on a journey to Tuscany to fulfil Poppy’s last wish. But the secrets they uncover there could change their family forever…

 A gorgeous story about love, family, and finding yourself in the unlikeliest of places, for fans of The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan and The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy.

I love a travel based book & One Italian Summer seemed like another good choice for me for my virtual holidays. I was super excited to be invited on the tour itself and let me tell you - its been a long time since i sat and weeped at a book but, this just did something to me.

Emilia and her whole family have spent their lives believing in the second daughter curse - that they will not marry, find love nor bare children. Whilst Lucy wants to be the one to break the curse - Emilia sees its as a blessing in disguise, it means there is no pressure on her to find a happy ever after, because she wont get one (not that she believes in the curse) Yet, when there Great Aunt Poppy invites them to Italy they all follow in the belief that she will break the curse. What follows is a truly beautiful narrative as we learn of the families past and their journey through Italy to the cathedral where love will once more be reunited. However - thats just a flight of fancy and, despite the glimmers of hope, its not going to happen surely.
"I'm brave enough to join her, I might have an adventure,too"

I was expecting a light fancy free trip through Italy book with some swoon worthy men and some delicious pasta. This book was well - i was weeping, it was beautiful, heart wrenching and just fantastic. I adored Emilia, Lucy & Poppy. I loved the way we travelled back in time as Poppy told her story to the girls. It was done in a way that it blended in to the story so well.

We got to spend time with the three as the arrived in Italy and set out on their venture, we discovered destinations with them, and followed not only Poppy but how Emilia and Lucy managed to grow and change as people to find their own happiness.

I was proud of them all, and as they began to discover secrets long since hidden in the family - i adored how it was handled. I adored how love was addressed in all its forms and Lori has just a beautiful way of writing that it fills you heart with warmth even when reading those dark moments. It was a truly elegant read and one that will stick with me

I was gifted an e-arc for the blog tour but this is my honest review.
If you want to pick up a copy then head over to amazon here

Lori Nelson Spielman is a former speech pathologist, guidance counselor, and teacher of homebound students. She enjoys fitness running, traveling, and reading, though writing is her true passion. Her first novel, The Life List, has been published in over thirty countries and optioned by Fox 2000. Her second novel, Sweet Forgiveness, was also an international bestseller. Her third book, The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, releases November 17, 2020. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their very spoiled puppy.

(taken from goodreads)

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