Compton travels to Italy with a college tour group. Trying to come
to grips and get over her recent and traumatic divorce, she enjoys
herself and the history Italy represents. It is while touring an
ancient monastery that Natalie first spies a gorgeous, if somewhat
younger man. Intrigued by him, she knows that there is no way a man
like him would ever consider being with a frump like her. She could
not be any more wrong.
trying to get over his wife’s death, Giovanni Ragazzo spies an
elusive but extremely fiery woman in a monastery. While Gio is
still upset from his wife’s demise and the woman is still smarting
from her own recent loss, fate decides that they need each other.
If only for a few days.
Italian Summer was
poignant and swept me away with its depiction of the Italian
countryside and tourist attractions. Full of high emotions and
often times sad recollections, the story moved somewhat slower than
what I expected but still gave me a good read. I found myself at
times wanting to shake Natalie because of her insecurities, but when
I stopped to think that her emotions and misgivings were realistic,
I agreed with Janet Mills portrayal of Natalie’s character. Gio, ah
what a lovely man he is. I love the heroes who feel the loss of a
loved one but find new love when they least expect it. Gio, while
being American, had the heart and charisma of an Italian and I
thought him most dream worthy.
For a truly
poignant and romantic read, readers won’t go wrong selecting
One Italian Summer. I know I am glad I took
the time to read it.