Thank you to Avon Books for a gifted digital copy of Under the Italian Sun to read and review. I have travelled virtually to Switzerland and Malta with Sue Moorcroft before, and I was excited to be heading to Italy this time.
A warm, sun-baked terrace.
The rustle of verdant green vines.
The sun slowly dipping behind the Umbrian mountains.
And the chink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…
Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.
When Zia discovers that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.
However, as she delves into the secrets of her past, she doesn’t bargain on having to think about her future too. But with local vineyard owner, Piero, living next door, Zia knows she has a serious distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…
This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?
I’m pleased to say that this is another enjoyable book by Sue Moorcroft. Zia is aware that her dad was Italian, but it is only now that she is starting to look for clues. She finds a number of mysteries amongst the letters her mum and grandparents kept, so sets off to visit Italy with her best friend Ursula, looking for answers.
Out in Montelibertà Zia meets her hosts Lucia and Durante, and their handsome neighbour, Piero. How is Lucia linked to Zia’s past? Zia is also trying to escape her ex-boyfriend, who is a friend of Ursula’s husband.
I enjoyed how the story evolved, as Zia discovered more about her family history and got to know the area she had visited briefly as a baby. There are some unpleasant characters in this story, so it is not a ‘light and fluffy’ read, but covers important topics about trust and controlling behaviours.
I’m happy to recommend this book for a virtual escape to Italy, a story about the importance of family, trust, romance and good food.