Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Book Review | One Summer In Tuscany

Blooming Fiction book blog, Book Review | One Summer In Tuscany

Patricia Wilson's carefully composed ads for the writers' retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splendour of their surroundings and chef Aldo's melanzane never fail to wow the guests, huge maintenance bills and bad news from the bank threaten to close Patricia down. It's make or break time for the Castello.
Each of her seven aspiring authors arrives with the inevitable baggage alongside their unpublished manuscripts. But this August something is different, and soon lifelong spinster Mary is riding on the back of Aldo's vespa, and smouldering odd-job man Fabio has set more than one heart racing.
As temperatures rise, the writers gossip, flirt and gently polish their prose by the pool. But with ghosts, scorpions, and some unexpected visitors to contend with, one thing's for sure: neither the Castello, nor Patricia, has ever seen a summer like this.

One Summer In Tuscany
by Domenica De Rosa

  • Publisher: Quercus (29 Jun. 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1786484374
  • Rating: 4/5

Amazon UK - Paperback / Kindle
Waterstones - Paperback


The heat begins to sizzle as soon as One Summer In Tuscany begins. The stunning setting of the writing retreat immediately springs into mind including the dashing Fabio. Not my cup of tea but I'm sure he will get a lot of hearts racing.

Patricia is a level headed leading character with a teenager who typically hangs out with the only so called 'trouble makers' in the area. Hanging out with friends instead of helping as promised is one thing, but having writers coming in with their own baggage just adds to the conundrums the Castello is facing. Money troubles are hard for anyone to deal with but with the bankers breathing down her neck, Patricia knows she has to come up with a solution and quick. 

One Summer In Tuscany has no shortage of drama with so many different characters coming together at the retreat. In addition to the real life people there are also some 'other' visitors who may or may not be real, but they certainly add a heated twist when tempers start to flare. 

The end of the book is full of loose ends coming together, not all of them what you want for the characters .... but I'll say no more on that.

One Summer In Tuscany gets four stars for me as it was a good read but it wasn't a book that I could finish in one sitting. No superglue effect gives it a four instead of a five, however this book would be suitable for anyone who adores Italy or wants a little inside knowledge of writing retreats.

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