5 Stars

Genre: YA Romance

If you want to take a little vacation from life, get a copy of One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton. This book is like a little mini holiday. I got thoroughly caught up in the story and the magic of Rome.  The writing is so descriptive that you begin to feel as though you have experienced the sights and smells and sounds of Rome for yourself.

Take a quirky female lead and her equally cool sisters, throw in a family wedding, and your cousins swoon-worthy bestie, and top it off with a magical city and you have the perfect recipe for one fabulous summer read.

The pace was like a gentle stroll. No roller coasters, no cliff-hangers. Just a meander along the cobbled streets. While the story has a serious note, it is surprisingly sweet and carefree. It is essentially a tale of grief and healing.  Each girl is coming to terms with her loss in a different way, and the trip to Rome is helping them all heal and begin the slow process of moving forward. Luke is positively delicious, although I do question his potential as a partner considering his penchant for groping gorgeous girls in doorways (also that incident after the funeral – didn’t he have a girlfriend at the time?). The relationship between the 3 sisters was beautiful – I want sisters like them. I devoured this book and hope to see more from this author soon. A temperate and heartfelt tale that had me smiling and longing for a summer vacation.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s 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’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as 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 thinks. What’s going to happen this time? 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?