Friday 5 May 2017

Review: One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

Milly loves her sisters more than anything - they are her best friends. But this holiday is different. The loss of their dad has left a gaping hole in their lives that none of them know how to fill.
Heartbreak is a hard thing to fix ... Still, there is plenty to keep the girls busy in Rome. A family wedding. Food, wine, parties and sun. And of course Luke ....
Luke is hot, there is no way around that. And Milly will always have a crush on him. But this summer is about family, being together, and learning to live without Dad.
It isn't about Luke at all ... is it?

Review: this was such a sweet and lovely read. The main thing that has stayed with me about this book is the setting. The very beginning of this book is set in the UK and then we travel over to Italy to enjoy a fabulous summer holiday, some Italian food and drink and an Italian wedding-I just loved it. The way that Stainton describes these Italian scenes, you can feel the heat of the pavement, the sun on your face and the gentle breeze coming in from the Med! I loved her descriptions of the food and the coffee too of course and I just really wish I was sitting in a Piazza right now with an espresso, a glass of wine and some little Italian snacks!

Of course this book isn't just about Italy, it also features gorgeous family relationships between sisters Milly, Leonie and Elyse, as well as their mum and their family in Italy. I loved reading about the dynamic between these sisters, not having any siblings of my own, I always love when a book features this kind of relationship. Since losing their Dad, things have been a little strained between the women and they all have burdens, and secrets, of their own to bear. The story is told through Milly and I really enjoyed her as a character, I could relate to her fears and insecurities and I liked watching grow over the course of the novel. 

There is also a little romance in this novel, and not just for one of the characters. The romance isn't a key features but carries a few of the lovely secondary story lines. This is definitely a warm and fuzzy feeling, but of course not everything runs smoothly for everyone involved. This was a great read and I loved getting to know these sisters and their family and spending the summer in Italy with them. As I said, this is a great book for escapism and it's no co-incidence that I'm making pasta right now. This is definitely a summery book and something which fans of Keris Stainton or other contemporary YA romance writers are sure to enjoy!

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