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  • a trip of a lifetime

    A remarkable fantastic read. Most of the books I read are romance. Sometimes I pick something different. Our Italian Summer is not a romance book but a story of 3 generations of women trying to repair their relationship with each other. A grandmother, a mother and a daughter. Sophia, the grandmother is a woman who spent her life caring for her daughter being a stay at home mom. Francesca a mother of a teenage daughter workaholic. Allegra a teenager just trying to win her mother’s affections. A trip of a lifetime. Italy, their heritage. Reading their story makes you feel you are with them in Italy. Visiting the sites you feel you are there with them. From the Spanish Steps to Capri to the Blue Grotto to the Coliseum and everything in between. A definite item on my bucket list but Jennifer Probst makes me feel like I have visited these places with her amazing writing. Our Italian Summer to me is a story of family and realizing what is most important in life. Sometimes we have to go back to our roots to build a solid foundation. With Jennifer Probst’s expressive and descriptive writing you feel as though you are experiencing the places these three women have visited. You don’t even need a passport. A story that will forever be a memory to me whenever I think of visiting Italy.

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  • "Italy was a gorgeous contradiction."

    “Our Italian Summer” is an extraordinary story of three women who embark on a magical summer vacation of soul-searching, fence-mending and dream-chasing. What an opportunity they had to travel to the land of their ancestors, something I would have loved to have done with my daughter and mother. How wonderful it would be to experience the customs of Italy, the beautiful scenery, and the delicious food. Sophia, Francesca and Allegra had no idea that their vacation would change their lives forever. They needed this time to truly get to know the women they had become away from work, away from school, and away from the confines of everyday life. Together, they would visit beautiful churches and dine at unforgettable restaurants, all while learning about where they came from and where life would take them after they returned home. Sophia, the matriarch of the family, could see that her daughter and granddaughter were hurting and she prayed that this vacation would bring them closer together. Francesca, whose job was her life, needed to turn off her phone, put away her laptop and look at this vacation as a chance to relax and open her eyes to new beginnings. Allegra, the studious high school senior, was at a crossroads in her life. She wanted to pursue her own career while her mother was pushing her to be just like her. As I was reading, I found myself becoming part of the story, experiencing their feelings and wishing I could accompany them on their journey of reflection. I felt many emotions while reading: I became teary-eyed, laughed out loud and agreed with their heated family discussions. I felt as if I knew all of them, as they reminded me of my close Italian relatives. Family is everything and as long as we open our hearts and listen closely, we can solve our problems while love does all the work.

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  • Family dynamics and respect

    In Our Italian Summer we see three women take the vacation for different reason. Nonni knows that something is wrong with her and wants to have this time with her daughter and granddaughter with hopes that it will help to heal their relationship. Sophia takes the vacation to keep Allegra away from some friends that seem to be taking her down the wrong path. Allegra, the granddaughter, is forced to go by her mother. Jennifer Probst brought Italy to life for me. I could picture the places they visited, taste the foods they ate, hear the conversations they had, and hear the sounds they heard. The descriptions of the land, the places they stayed, and the food had me picturing the world they were traveling as if I was right beside them on this once in a lifetime trip. I especially loved the dinners with the dancing, laughing, and having fun. The relationship between Sophia and Allegra was tough. Sophia is a workaholic who just wants a better life for her daughter while her daughter just wants her mother’s attention. Their relationship is one that needs work and Nonni is the one to make it happen. While Nonni wants nothing more than for that to happen, she chooses her words careful and only uses them at the right time. She is not pushy or overbearing and is wise in her years to realize that she cannot fix them, they must fix themselves. I enjoyed that there were tense moments. There were times of arguing, fighting, and yelling but there were also tender, friendly moments that showed their relationship held hope of becoming one of trust, respect, and love. Everything about Our Italian Summer is wonderful. Reading to story took me away to place I have never been with characters I would love to travel with. The story has a very real message about family dynamics and respecting each other and their choices.

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  • Fantastic

    Our Italian Summer is a poignant tale of 3 generations of women dealing with life's challenges while enjoying trip of a lifetime. While this is more chick lit than the romance I love from this author it is still a book I enjoyed very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a great story. The writing is superior and these characters will find a place in your heart. Be prepared to kick back and enjoy a lovely slow paced journey.

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  • Charming

    A charming description of the Italian landscapes and places to see. While I had a different experience at 18 years old than Allegra did, it makes me want to revisit Italy with a different sense. Three family members visiting their ancestral homeland while at odds with each other gain insights as to the whys of their actions. Will new loves be lost loves, read Our Italian Summer and get lost in this thought provoking novel. I devoured it.

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