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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
What a wonderful story about love, lost love, and taking the thumps of life and daring to bounce back! To Tuscany with Love by debut novelist Gail Mencini is an absolute gem for those wanting to guess at the intricate ins and outs of love. Bella Rossini is sent to Italy for the summer where she will spend a semester studying and, hopefully, staying away from political tangles that got her into trouble in the USA. She, along with three other young women and four young men, learn the ins and outs of Italian culture while exploring the ins and outs of their own desires and goals. Hope is a delightful woman who is pledged to her man at home. Twins Karen and Meghan are seemingly practical women who have the goal of starting a clothing boutique. They dare to get to know Lee, Stillman, Phillip, and Rune, each men with personalities that simply beg to be explored in depth. In the confines of a summer together, they form lasting memories which take them through nearly three decades of personal growth. As they approach fifty, the eight individuals are all invited to a reunion in Florence. They all harbor secrets, needs, and angers about how life has betrayed them and yet, they are eager to explore what they left behind so many years before.
To Tuscany with Love is a captivating story and one so well written that readers will want more of Mencini's unique way of telling a tale. The Italian setting is magnificent and one which stimulates the reader's imagination. The characters are wonderful, the plot intriguing, and the flow of the novel is just right to engross readers from beginning to end.