Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: To Tuscany With Love by Gail Mencini



Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from JKS Communications, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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Synopsis:
Can one college semester abroad change the course of your life?

Bella Rossini, a vivacious college junior, lands in jail overnight with acquaintances whom she mistakes
for friends. Shipped off to Tuscany by her mother, Bella is suddenly thrust into living with seven strangers during one life-altering summer.

Meet Hope, the sturdy and practical girl, steadfast in her loyalty to her boyfriend; Meghan and Karen,
identical twins with an eye for fashion and beauty to match; Stillman, haunted by his hard past, and Phillip, an athlete, both fueled by competition; Lee, by family mandate in pre-med; and Rune, the Hollywood-bound wild child. All add sizzling chemistry and rebellious humor to the mix.

In one whirlwind summer, while uncovering the charms of Italy, they discover both friendship and love.

After their summer together, life – and loss – happens.

Returning to Tuscany 30 years later, their dreams, anger, secrets and disappointments create an emotional kaleidoscope. Their reunion sends them on a startling collision course that none of them could have predicted.



Review:

This is a super quick read for an afternoon read. As it deals with characters looking back at their 'perfect Summer that changed their lives' it is aimed for the 30-45 age group, but I have to admit I think it skews much younger, try 18-28. I quickly guessed what was going to happen in the entire book by the 3rd chapter, and was right on every guess.This doesn't make it a bad book, just not what I expected from the blurb and cover. Some of the characters are very likable, others not. This is the author's debut novel, so I'm sure if the book had been flushed out more, and not so edited down, their might have been more to attract the older reader.



About the Author:
Gail Mencini was born in rural Nebraska, and  graduated with honors in 1976 from Wartburg College 
in Waverly, Iowa, where she majored in accounting, economics and business administration. She holds a Master of Laws of Taxation degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She co-owned an accounting firm and practiced for 15 years in public accounting, specializing in tax law related to mergers and acquisitions and real estate. She also spent time in the higher education field, working as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado and Metro State College, as well as the University of Denver College of Law. She was a repeat speaker at national continuing education seminars and a featured presenter in a real estate conference in the Caribbean In 1990 when she married her husband, Mencini became an “instant mother” of three boys plus another son two years later, which opened the doors to becoming a full-time mother and igniting her long-time passion for creative arts, gourmet cooking and traveling. She writes and cooks in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and family who are always ready to critique her abundance of story ideas and recipes. Check out her website for more.


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