In this smart, tender, insightful new novel, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin introduces two very different women who, over the course of two unforgettable weeks, learn about unbreakable bonds, unshakeable love, and the chances that come once in a lifetime--and change us forever...
When Elizabeth Caldwell planned a trip to Florence with her daughter, Marina, she secretly hoped for a warm, fuzzy bonding experience worthy of a Lifetime movie. But Marina--twenty-one, newly graduated, and close to her mom in many ways--has always been more the PBS type: dependable, practical, and completely in control. Elizabeth knows Marina wants to avoid the kind of "stupid mistake" that left Elizabeth a single mother at twenty-two, and she's bitten her tongue as Marina settles for a wealthy fiance who gives her everything she thinks she wants. After all, Elizabeth--unable to bring herself to fully commit to the man she has dated for years--is hardly an expert in romance.
Still, a lot can happen on vacation, especially in Tuscany, where every scent borne on the warm breeze inspires delight, and every view makes the heart soar. There, on streets once walked by Dante and Michaelangelo, Marina is blindsided by a gorgeous Italian named Luca who shows her how gloriously unpredictable passion can be, and Elizabeth finally lets go of the role that has defined her for so long to embrace her own uncertain future...
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1 . I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Posted February 20, 2011 by Cheryl , LafayetteMaybe it is due to having a daughter nearly this age, but I loved this book. The characters are not run-of-the-mill or 2 dementional, and the events left me guessing how things would ultimately work out. Even though I finished this book a while back, I still think about it and may even revisit it. Definitely worth the read.
2 . easy, predictable read
Posted September 10, 2010 by alison , phoenixIf you are looking for a book that isn't complicated than this is it. This book is not written very well, and there are too many things going on that distracts from the plot. The story is of a mother and daughter whom are supposed to bond over a vacation, however the author added in too many chapters devoted to descriptions of Florence ala Eat, Pray, Love and each chapter starts off with a letter to a snarky advice columnist that made no sense regarding the storyline. The author also took too many leaps with the characters psychology. The only way to explain the mothers uncanny abilities is if she were a mind-reader.
This book was fun and quick to read especially if you've been to Italy. However I'm glad I didn't pay for it.
Kensington Publishing Corporation
August 25, 2008
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