Sue Moorcroft comes to the blog with a story of self-discovery and options with
Under the Italian Sun
When she discovers that who she thought she was is based on a lie, Zia needs answers. Packing her bag and convincing her best friend to join her – she heads off to a small village in Umbria after discovering her father’s roots there in Italy. Far from what I expected, the story is a gentle unfolding of Zia’s story and her connections, both friend and family, in the life she has. While in Italy she meets Piero, the neighbor who also is an owner (with his family) in the vineyard next door.
Let’s start with Zia: she was lovely and determined to find answers to help her define herself and find a way to reconcile the stories that she had been told about her own history, With a wonderful best friend who is both willing to drop everything and help Zia work through her stuff, she’s also got plenty to sort through as family relationships and dynamics morph and change all around her: all of them making her recognize and realize just who she is – with or without these connections.
When you add Piero and his own family dramas into the mix, the story really is about connections: those of family, friends and love, and the development of the truly deep ties that underscore and uphold each moment.
Mix all of this together with lush descriptions, engaging characters and the obvious liking they have for one another amidst all the moments that are more dramatic, and you get a story that is hard to put down and makes you want to dash off to somewhere else to find something: yourself, a good time, even that ever-elusive relaxation.
Title: Under the Italian Sun
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Italy
Published by: Avon, Harper Collins UK
Published on: 15 July, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 7 minutes
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A sun-baked terrace. The rustle of vines. And the clink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…
Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.
When revelations close to home turn Zia’s world upside down,she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.
But as she looks for answers, she can’t help but notice Piero, the vineyard owner next door – a distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…
This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.