Samantha is recently divorced and quite bitter about it. Her husband convinced her to live the life he wanted for her and then left her for a younger woman. She reacts by moving to a small town in Abruzzo hoping for an Under the Tuscan Sun renaissance in her life. It doesn’t exactly go as she planned… it’s hard to run from yourself even in a beautiful mountain town. She gets some surprising news and finds the diary of a woman who lived in her house in 1914 and these things help her understand who she is and what she wants in life.
I have to admit the first half of this book or so, I wasn’t sure that it was for me. Samantha portrayed a lot of qualities that I just did not jive with. All of the decisions she was now second-guessing in her new life, were ones I would’ve never made in the first place… So I’ll admit I judged her. I was way more invested in Elena’s story when it began to be weaved into the narrative. My husband‘s family is from this region in Italy and I could just picture his Nonnie as she told her story. Growing up in a small village with no real chance at a future outside of the present she had now. I did like how the two stories came together in the end and how Samantha drew strength from Elena’s story.
Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours for the gifted access to this one. All opinions above are my own. This book is 99 cents on Amazon this week during the tour.
If you were to say screw it all and disappear to start a new life… where would you go?