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    Enjoyable

    I enjoyed her descriptions of the country. Very vivid in details. I loved the language and recipes. It was beautifully written. I loved the stories about her husband Saro. I wanted to hear more. I loved how her relationship with Nonno evolved and how important it was to her that their daughter,Zoela remembered her father, experience the country he loved and got to know her grandmother. Family and beautiful memories matter.
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    Too repetitive for me.

    Another book highly recommended by the Reese Witherspoon Bookclub. This one I wasn’t a huge fan of. I got bored halfway through but pushed on. It’s a book about love & loss but I found it very repetitive and very drawn out.
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    A Calabrese girl's review...

    I'd otherwise rate this book a 3.5 star, but given that I'm Calabrese (the most southern region of mainland Italy, closest to Sicily) and loved all the references to Sicily and the southern Italian lifestyle, I bumped this review up to 4 stars. The story was good, but after the first 1/3, I found it more of a self-help book of dealing with loss rather than a novel. The chapters jump back and forth throughout time and it would have been helpful if she dated them, or at least stated years. She references "lire" (Italian currency pre-euro) in one chapter, and then euro in the next chapter. Lastly, Tembi goes from Texas girl to full-fledged Sicilian and while reading, I was wondering how she learned the language. She lived in LA with her Italian husband, who spoke English... (?) Did she go to school part-time, etc.? Overall, good story, but not a page-turner.
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    Not for Me

    I started out enjoying them meeting in Italy and then right away she jumped to his death and being in the hospital. I felt like it was too soon and I didn’t care about them yet. I wanted to feel connected to them before crying over his death.
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    Beautiful moving memoir of love and loss.

    This was a beautiful moving memoir of love and loss and two very different families trying to come together. Powerful women spanning 3 generations and their love for one another. Warning bring tissues!
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