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One Italian Summer – Keris Stainton

It has been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy. But what is it going to be like without their Dad? Rome still hold its familiar charms, the sun is still warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was.

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she things. What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

I need more books like this in my life immediately please! It is heart-breaking and heart-warming and just the book I needed to read. This book is about loss and grief and struggling to move on from that. It is also a books about sisters and family and kissing and being in a beautiful place like Italy whilst figuring out important life issues.

I loved Milly and her sisters so much. I love seeing a sibling relationship in a book especially that of one between sisters. I have a younger sister myself and the relationship the girls had with each other felt so familiar and real to me. I adored the family aspects of this book as well. It shows the ups and downs or family relationships and the reality that is losing a family member. I adored all the characters in this book, they are all so well-rounded and excellent.

I’m really glad that this book is told a whole year after Milly’s dad dies and not immediately after his death. There are a lot of books that show grief as soon as it happens. But this shows how the sister’s and their mother are feeling a year later. They are still feeling the pain and heartache caused by losing their father and showing how the feelings change a year after the sudden lose. I loved the little stories that other characters told the sisters about their dad and the stories they shared together. Their own special moments with their father and things he did for them all. It made me hurt a lot but it was so well needed and so well written.

I adored the complicated relationship Milly has with Luke. They have had history together and suddenly are thrown back together in the same place and don’t know how to deal with that or each other. They are awkward with one another at first and are embarrassed about their feelings but yearn for each other any way!

Finally, the aspect of Italy in this book. I have never been to main land Italy but I would love to. I’d love to explore the streets of Rome. This book brings Italy and specifically Rome to life and it felt like I was there. This book made me feel like I was on my own little summer holiday (when in a time of covid I just can’t do that!)

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to you, if you love an amazingly written book about grief, family, summer and love. Keris has done it once again and written a book I will never forget! I cannot recommend this one enough!

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