“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.
What a sweet story! It made me so reminiscent of summertime. I cannot wait to go to Europe in a few months.
I’ll be honest, I kinda liked Thomas. I’m sure if circumstances were different, Lina and Thomas could’ve had a great love story. But sometimes something great can pale in comparison to something magical.
Hadley’s story was tragic. Her voice was effervescent; it leapt through the page. I think I had a pretty good grasp of the “mystery” all along — I somewhat understood what went wrong. But Howard really helped fill in some of the blanks. His story was so sad too. That’s a love to last a lifetime.
This story made Florence seem so romantic. Lina was such a fun character. I vicariously enjoyed the food through her. I wanted to give her a hug and help her feel okay. Maybe we can be running buddies someday? I’ll be right here.
- When You Were Here – Daisy Whitney
- Just One Day/Just One Year – Gayle Forman
- The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
- I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson