Saturday, 28 July 2018

Book Review - An Italian Summer by Fanny Blake - #HolidayReading Book 1

Book 1 of 28 read on my holiday to Cyprus in June 2018.

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Title: An Italian Summer
Author: Fanny Blake
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 26th July 2018 
Rating: 4.5 Stars

A compelling novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy.

Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she's a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself.

She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way...?

What better way to spend a plane ride to Cyprus, than with Fanny Blake's newest book, and a virtual trip to Italy, Rome and Naples to be precise.

I enjoyed spending time with everyone on this group tour around two of Italy's top cities and tourist destinations and really thought the characters experiences got a feel for where they were, the food, culture, and everything Italian. 

What also interested me were the group dynamics, and the different reasons for being on the trip.

Sandy is at the heart of this story and she has a mystery to solve while in Naples, and we also get snippets of journals from a similar trip her mum made in the 50's. 

Was interesting to see some parallels, and also how Sandy was coping with a difficult few years.

Between rivalries, secrets, sunshine, some fabulous storytelling, and look at Italy, this was an absorbing book which kept me very entertained from start to finish of my 4+ hour flight! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Orion for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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