An Italian Summer
By Fanny Blake
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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…?Tweet
This book was reviewed by 10 members of the Group but not all were present for the discussion, it was not thought to be a favourite of the Group with likes and dislikes split roughly down the middle!
Those who enjoyed it liked the mystery element, they felt it was an easy quick read, just right for a beach book and that the Italian setting was well portrayed. They thought the author pulled it together well at the end.
On the other side of the scale it was felt there were too many coincidences, it was a bit unrealistic at times with some plot points not “going anywhere”. One member went so far as to say it was boring and predictable.
We gave it a 3* review