Our Italian Summer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Three generations of women in the Ferrari family must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst.
Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother's wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. She just never expected to face a choice that might change the course of her life....
Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love.
Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it's too late.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 44 minutes|
|Narrator||Cassandra Campbell, Holly Linneman, Suzanne Toren|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 12 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #47,754 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,700 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,767 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,967 in Domestic Life in Women's Fiction
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They've decided to take a trip to Italy for the summer, all for different reasons.
Francesca has a very successful business and is a workaholic. She puts her job first, instead of her daughter, Allegra. She's missed so much of Allegras teen years, that Allegra has become resentful.
She doesn't have much of a relationship with her mother but she adores her relationship with her grandmother, Sophia, as she has pretty much raised Allegra while Francesca established her business.
Allegra gets in trouble with the law, and the trip to Italy that Sophia has been pestering Francesca about for a few months, finally becomes a reality.
What I really liked was that the story is told from the 3 different viewpoints of each generation and their struggles, triumphs and what they each were going through and learning and growing.
This was my first book by Jennifer Probst and it will definitely not be my last. She has a beautiful way of weaving each story together yet keeping them separated.
Beautiful read, I definitely recommend it!
I received an ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely.
Top reviews from other countries
If you're looking for a book to transport you to Italy while you're stuck Stateside because of covid, don't bother. There are just too many mistakes in this book. The author has either never traveled there or has simply forgotten that Italian-American is *not* the same as Italian. As an example, on several occasions she mentions the Italian music being played and then talks about Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Though there may be a song or two played, Italy is RICH in its own lyrical music without having to rely on the likes of Italian American musicians. Cappuccino after dinner? Hard no. The city of Assisi named after a saint? Nope -- vice versa. So many inaccuracies that it's distracting! Otherwise, the story is fun.
Sophia, Francesca and Allegra had no idea that their vacation would change their lives forever. They needed this time to truly get to know the women they had become away from work, away from school, and away from the confines of everyday life. Together, they would visit beautiful churches and dine at unforgettable restaurants, all while learning about where they came from and where life would take them after they returned home.
Sophia, the matriarch of the family, could see that her daughter and granddaughter were hurting and she prayed that this vacation would bring them closer together. Francesca, whose job was her life, needed to turn off her phone, put away her laptop and look at this vacation as a chance to relax and open her eyes to new beginnings. Allegra, the studious high school senior, was at a crossroads in her life. She wanted to pursue her own career while her mother was pushing her to be just like her.
As I was reading, I found myself becoming part of the story, experiencing their feelings and wishing I could accompany them on their journey of reflection. I felt many emotions while reading: I became teary-eyed, laughed out loud and agreed with their heated family discussions. I felt as if I knew all of them, as they reminded me of my close Italian relatives. Family is everything and as long as we open our hearts and listen closely, we can solve our problems while love does all the work.