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From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new women's fiction novel featuring three generations of Ferrari women who need to heal the broken pieces of their lives...and one trip of a lifetime through Italy. Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggle From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new women's fiction novel featuring three generations of Ferrari women who need to heal the broken pieces of their lives...and one trip of a lifetime through Italy. Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother's wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. What she never expected was to be faced with the choice of a lifetime. . . . Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love. Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything, and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it's too late.


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From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new women's fiction novel featuring three generations of Ferrari women who need to heal the broken pieces of their lives...and one trip of a lifetime through Italy. Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggle From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new women's fiction novel featuring three generations of Ferrari women who need to heal the broken pieces of their lives...and one trip of a lifetime through Italy. Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother's wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. What she never expected was to be faced with the choice of a lifetime. . . . Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love. Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything, and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it's too late.

30 review for Our Italian Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    I have always liked Jennifer Probst's romance novels but this one feels more like a women's fiction. Yes, there is romance but the most important part is the relationship between the 3 women. Three generations of women decided to take a trip to Italy for the summer for different reasons. Francesca has a successful business. She is a workaholic and puts her job first. She has missed so many events her daughter has participated in and her daughter is starting to resent her for it. She also doesn't I have always liked Jennifer Probst's romance novels but this one feels more like a women's fiction. Yes, there is romance but the most important part is the relationship between the 3 women. Three generations of women decided to take a trip to Italy for the summer for different reasons. Francesca has a successful business. She is a workaholic and puts her job first. She has missed so many events her daughter has participated in and her daughter is starting to resent her for it. She also doesn't have a great relationship with her mother, Sophia since her mother only wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and her father who passed away was just like Francesca. Taking a trip to Europe is the last thing she wants to do but maybe she might not have a choice. Allegra is eighteen. She has one more year of high school and then she wants to do anything but what her mother wants her to do. She is tired of her mother making excuses for never being present. She's tired of feeling like she's second-best. On the other hand, she loves her grandmother. Sophia has always been there for her and they shared their love for cooking. After Allegra gets in trouble with the law, she doesn't have a choice in taking the trio. Sophia can see how Francesca and Allegra are becoming strangers. She knows Allegra is unhappy with her mother and how much hurt she carries with her. She knows Francesca needs to put Allegra first and she thinks the trip to Italy can bring them all together. She's also keeping a secret from both and she wants to see the place where her parents were born. She has always dreamed of this trip and she finally has a chance to do it. The story is told from Francesca, Allegra, and Sophia's points of view. Is a great way to get to know them better and in my case to like all three of them. Our Italian Summer was the best escape I needed. I love traveling to Italy through their eyes. I've been to Italy a few times and I was lucky to recognize almost all the places they visit. Although, my favorite place remains the south of Italy. I'd go back to Positano in a second. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Berkley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Three generations of Ferrari women taking a fabulous trip around Italy to trace their family roots and rekindle the connection between each other. Va bene! My soul wanted this book! It truly needed! And thankfully the publishers gave me the arc urgently requested! Let’s take a look to the storyline and meet with 3 generations of amazing Ferraris! Francesca is independent, single mother, workaholic, disciplined, buried her head into her work, forgetting real human connection, getting estranged wi Three generations of Ferrari women taking a fabulous trip around Italy to trace their family roots and rekindle the connection between each other. Va bene! My soul wanted this book! It truly needed! And thankfully the publishers gave me the arc urgently requested! Let’s take a look to the storyline and meet with 3 generations of amazing Ferraris! Francesca is independent, single mother, workaholic, disciplined, buried her head into her work, forgetting real human connection, getting estranged with her own daughter Allegra who needs her attention, getting bored from her inner circle of school friends, looking for a thrill by befriending wrong kind of crowd which resulted with her arrest for drug possession. Of course Francesca gets pissed a lot, loses it, suffering from panic attacks, barely keeping together. Thankfully Sophia, grandmother who is also suffering from deadly illness insists (keeping this secret from them)to show her ancestors to both of them, wanting to bring peace between Francesca and Allegra. As Sophia does everything she can to bring smile on her granddaughter’s face, Allegra is adamant to make her own mother’s life miserable. But they finally start to rediscover themselves at the magical, historical beauties of magnificent Italian cities, meeting new people, resonating with their stories, finding a way to make peace each other and learn to look at the things from different perspectives. It’s heartwarming, soul searching and healing, uplifting, extremely beautiful feel-good novel about life, missed opportunities, second chances, dysfunctional relationships, resentments and forgiving. I’m giving my four blazing Ferrari girls stars! This was kind of noon should be prescribed by your doctors to brighten your mood and heal your mental state. And if you’re so obsessed with beautiful Italian sightseeings, this is a great fit for your appetite. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this remarkable arc with me in exchange my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    What a realistic yet dreamy story. Trip of a lifetime. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There’s no perfect family. Every family is loaded with trials and tribulations and the family in this story is particularly unique. We have a single mother of an almost 18-year-old. Along with her aging mother, the dynamics are what you would expect in an all-female layout. One’s a workaholic. One is insecure and wants the love and attention that she so desperately needs. And the other is dedicated to her granddaughter and What a realistic yet dreamy story. Trip of a lifetime. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There’s no perfect family. Every family is loaded with trials and tribulations and the family in this story is particularly unique. We have a single mother of an almost 18-year-old. Along with her aging mother, the dynamics are what you would expect in an all-female layout. One’s a workaholic. One is insecure and wants the love and attention that she so desperately needs. And the other is dedicated to her granddaughter and tries to take care of everyone. Needless to say, tense situations arise until it is almost a requirement to take a much-needed vacation. And what better place than to travel to beautiful Italy. It’s a destination full of amazing works of art, fabulous farmland, and beautiful cities. The women finally start relaxing and learning about each other. Meeting other people and discovering love in unexpected places is a wonderful part of the story. Probst tells a beautiful tale which brings healing, tender hearts, and best of all, acknowledgment for the depth of love and the strength of women. This bookish trip to Italy leaves you with the warmth and understanding of family connections, love and first crushes, learning to let go, and acceptance of others. A beautiful story that makes you want to book your own trip and just believe in a happily ever after. Probst is a go-to queen of sweeping women’s fiction abundant with romance and family ties. What a realistic yet dreamy story. * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/our-italian-...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Books for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. And honestly? From the second I saw this cover, I knew I was going to love this book. Sometimes I choose a book by it's cover and I am disappointed but not in this case. I 100% loved this book just as much as I thought I would. Essentially it is about 3 generations of women in one family...who all have mother/daughter issues. The matriarch has cancer and doesn't want to tell anybody and also wants to l Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Books for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. And honestly? From the second I saw this cover, I knew I was going to love this book. Sometimes I choose a book by it's cover and I am disappointed but not in this case. I 100% loved this book just as much as I thought I would. Essentially it is about 3 generations of women in one family...who all have mother/daughter issues. The matriarch has cancer and doesn't want to tell anybody and also wants to live out her dream of visiting the part of Italy her ancestors came from. HER daughter owns her own company and is much too busy to take that much time off of work to go on a tour of Italy with her mother. And HER daughter is bored with school and bored with her friends and wants to spend the summer traveling with some new friends. Once she gets into trouble and her Mom starts having panic attacks, it is pretty much a given. Italy is going to happen. Their time in Italy is so full of growth, both individually and as a family, that if you don't laugh and cry while reading it, there might be something wrong with you.:) Loved it all the way through. I am ready to sell everything I own and head on over there now :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie's Reading Corner

    This book surprised me. Why do you ask? First of all, I thought this would be the typical romance novel with a girl going to Italy and finding the love of her life. Going into books blind sometimes can be a like a gift you didn't expect. Now, let me start and tell you that this is so much more and I would call this book woman's fiction or just a contemporary novel. We follow the story of three women, three generations of women, Allegra who is the teen right before she gets into college, Francesc This book surprised me. Why do you ask? First of all, I thought this would be the typical romance novel with a girl going to Italy and finding the love of her life. Going into books blind sometimes can be a like a gift you didn't expect. Now, let me start and tell you that this is so much more and I would call this book woman's fiction or just a contemporary novel. We follow the story of three women, three generations of women, Allegra who is the teen right before she gets into college, Francesca who's her workaholic single mother and Sophia who's the dotting grandmother and not long ago lost her husband. Their relationships are not the best. The book examines the relationships between mother and daughter, since they're nit ideal and how they both have to change ways to find a common ground and find each other in the middle. I really enjoyed it and the new friendships and relationships they had created in this trip, but also the changes they went through. This book had an amazing setting / background with the Italian scenery prominent in every chapter. This was something that made me feel nostalgia , since I lived in Italy for a while and this book travelled me there. I love when books succeed to do that. The book has a deep and emotional impact and I loved how each of these characters showed growth and there was character development and how these relationships flowered in this storyline. I don't know if this is going to be continued, but I really enjoyed it and I definately recommend it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    This is the story of three ladies. Grandma Sophia. Daughter Francesca. And her daughter Allegra. 75, 48 & almost 18 years old. Francesca is a very busy and successful owner of an ad company. Way too busy to ever make it to any of her daughter's sports events. That's why the girl spends most of her time with grandma. But now grandma wants all three of them to go to Italy for the summer. It might be Sophia's last summer - she's afraid she's really sick - too afraid to go to a doctor. But the girls don' This is the story of three ladies. Grandma Sophia. Daughter Francesca. And her daughter Allegra. 75, 48 & almost 18 years old. Francesca is a very busy and successful owner of an ad company. Way too busy to ever make it to any of her daughter's sports events. That's why the girl spends most of her time with grandma. But now grandma wants all three of them to go to Italy for the summer. It might be Sophia's last summer - she's afraid she's really sick - too afraid to go to a doctor. But the girls don't want to leave for the whole summer. Francesca is too busy at work and Allegra was planning on going on a road trip with some new friends. But due to some events in Allegra & Frannie's lives, it's decided that it's high time for a vacation! Off to Italy we go ... to find ourselves, to learn about love and life and forgiveness and so much more ... WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH OUR THREE GIRLS? WILL THERE BE A HEA?? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺ ══════════════════ I really enjoyed reading this. I was afraid I wasn't going to like it. It sounded like too much Women's Fiction for my tastes - I'm more of a sexy or funny romance person. But it was so good! Sweet, sad, heartbreaking. But also so full of love and hope and family and food and Italy and we even get some Romance. I just adored those three women. All three are not really happy in their lives. They're all a bit lost. Francesca seems to only live for her job. Allegra seems to live to hate her mom. Or rather resent her for never being there and for dismissing all her dreams and wishes for the future. And grandma just wants everybody to be happy and at peace with each other. And all that resentment and anger and love is happening on this beautiful Italy trip. We hear so much about the places and art and food and also ... a tiny bit too much about religion for my tastes. But still. I loved reading this. I just adored the tour guide Enzo! And Irish Ian and the other co-travelers. Such a great cast of people! I really want to see this on Netflix one day. Like a Love, Eat, Pray meets Jamie Oliver cooking in Italy thing - lol! OUR ITALIAN SUMMER was such a beautiful & emotional story about three women fighting for their hopes and dreams and family and future on a beautiful trip through Italy with all its amazing food and art. I just adored it - I loved that they took me on that trip with them. Just beautiful! SPOILER-ish idea: (view spoiler)[A tiny thing that I was sure would happen in the story - was I the only one? When Francesca was in the hospital and the doc flirted with us and then she said how he threw her a smile that reminded her of something? I can't remember exactly how it was worded. But I was SO sure that we would find out in the end that he was Allegra's dad aka sperm donor!! I would've loved a romance between the doc and Frannie - but of course I'm totally Team Enzo! 😍 (hide spoiler)] 💜 💜

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel - Read with Rach

    I really enjoyed this one. It is definitely more women’s fiction than romance, but that’s okay. I loved the relationship between the three women. Jennifer wrote it beautifully, as always. Thanks to Jennifer and Valentine PR for the ARC!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erica (sand_between_pages)

    ALL THE FEELS! . Thank you so much to Berkley for this arc for review - I really enjoyed Our Italian Summer. . Mother/daughter relationships are complicated but important, and that's the main theme of this lovely little book. A grandmother, Sophia, is concerned about her daughter and her granddaughter and their ever-tense relationship and decides that what they all need is a summer away together - preferably in Italy which has been her life-long dream. . This book explores the ideas of slowing down, a ALL THE FEELS! . Thank you so much to Berkley for this arc for review - I really enjoyed Our Italian Summer. . Mother/daughter relationships are complicated but important, and that's the main theme of this lovely little book. A grandmother, Sophia, is concerned about her daughter and her granddaughter and their ever-tense relationship and decides that what they all need is a summer away together - preferably in Italy which has been her life-long dream. . This book explores the ideas of slowing down, appreciating the beauty in life, communicating effectively, and focusing on the things in life that are truly the most important. In addition to the resonating themes of the story, I loved the romp through Italy. We explore Rome, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, Florence, Sienna, and Lucca. These are places I have been fortunate to travel to and I really enjoyed reliving them through Probst's descriptions. . For a fun little story that will give you so many feels and remind you of what is important in life, I recommend Our Italian Summer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    They say that reading is one of the cheapest ways to travel. With Our Italian Summer you can escape to Italy and experience a fabulous trip to the other side of the world with its vivid imagery and delicious food descriptions that will have the reader craving the real thing. This character driven story about a three generations of Ferrari women is easy to read with the very relateable and charming ladies who travel to trace their family roots and reconnect with each other. Told from Francesca, All They say that reading is one of the cheapest ways to travel. With Our Italian Summer you can escape to Italy and experience a fabulous trip to the other side of the world with its vivid imagery and delicious food descriptions that will have the reader craving the real thing. This character driven story about a three generations of Ferrari women is easy to read with the very relateable and charming ladies who travel to trace their family roots and reconnect with each other. Told from Francesca, Allegra and Sofia’s perspective, this moving story about family, forgiveness and second chance Is heartwarmingly uplifting. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/391Zr3t * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Valentine PR. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook ♕ Instagram ♕ More reviews

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I enjoyed this contemporary chick-lit book about a family of 3 generations of women (grandmother, mother, and daughter), whose relationships are fraught with misunderstandings and hurt. The grandmother, Sophia, has always wanted to visit the birthplace of her parents in Italy, but never could. Once she starts having some troubling health issues, she feels compelled that now is the time, and once her granddaughter starts being rebellious to get her work-aholic mother's attention, Sophia feels tha I enjoyed this contemporary chick-lit book about a family of 3 generations of women (grandmother, mother, and daughter), whose relationships are fraught with misunderstandings and hurt. The grandmother, Sophia, has always wanted to visit the birthplace of her parents in Italy, but never could. Once she starts having some troubling health issues, she feels compelled that now is the time, and once her granddaughter starts being rebellious to get her work-aholic mother's attention, Sophia feels that to go there is imperative as a way for all 3 of them to reconnect before it is too late. It was good for them to work everything out, and there was some romance thrown in too for good measure. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review-- thank you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    Our Italian Summer is a moving, relatable women’s fiction novel which gives us a peak into the lives of three women, from three generations: grandmother, mother and teen daughter. As they traverse the Italian countryside on an unexpected, but much needed trip, they begin to slowly and haltingly address the issues that have fractured their relationships for years. This novel explores the problems many relationships face, with insights gleaned from age and hindsight, as well as generational perspec Our Italian Summer is a moving, relatable women’s fiction novel which gives us a peak into the lives of three women, from three generations: grandmother, mother and teen daughter. As they traverse the Italian countryside on an unexpected, but much needed trip, they begin to slowly and haltingly address the issues that have fractured their relationships for years. This novel explores the problems many relationships face, with insights gleaned from age and hindsight, as well as generational perspectives. It explores modern day topics and concerns, all while touring the the rich, vibrant Italian country, culture and customs. Their relationships are frustrating, touching, heartbreaking and hopeful. And the added romance and transportive, descriptive quality makes this a sensational story. Our Italian Summer is a really different offering from Jennifer Probst, who typically writes more steamy romance, but this new venture is an absolute success and I hope she continues to write more stories like this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Our Italian Summer heart-warming story of family, second chances, and learning to forgive. Our Italian Summer follows the story of three generations of Ferrari women. Francesca is the quintessential workaholic that has let her work consume her and leaves little room for much else. She struggles desperately for a relationship with her daughter but isn’t ready to make the necessary changes. Allegra struggles to be the person her mother wants her to be. She’s frustrated with her mom and her current Our Italian Summer heart-warming story of family, second chances, and learning to forgive. Our Italian Summer follows the story of three generations of Ferrari women. Francesca is the quintessential workaholic that has let her work consume her and leaves little room for much else. She struggles desperately for a relationship with her daughter but isn’t ready to make the necessary changes. Allegra struggles to be the person her mother wants her to be. She’s frustrated with her mom and her current state of life. Her struggles lead her to hanging out with the wrong crowd and making risky decisions. Sophia’s life is in its own state of chaos. She sees her daughter and granddaughter struggling and wants nothing more to make things right. However, Sophia is keeping a secret of her own. But before she reveals her truth, she tries to convince her family that a trip to Italy is exactly what they all need. Follow these three women on their journey as they face what life throws them and takes them on an adventure of a lifetime… Our Italian Summer captivated me from the very first page. I was intrigued by the Ferrari women and found each of their stories relatable. In a way, this book isn’t just a story about their journeys, but also a love letter to Italy. The beauty and history of the city are immersed in the pages and brings the culture to life. You learn more about these women and the choices they are faced with. You learn what is important in life and the changes that must be made, no matter how hard it may seem. I for one couldn’t wait to see which direction their stories would take them. Our Italian Summer is a story of hope and forgiveness. It’s a story of pain and difficult choices. It’s a story of second chances and first love. Most importantly, it’s a story of family and the bonds that we make. This story was rich, beautiful, and will certainly tug at the reader’s heartstrings. It was unexpected in the best way possible and I couldn’t help but devour it. I enjoyed every moment of this story from beginning to end and hope that I too, one day, will be able to take a trip to Italy… *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

  13. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received for an honest review You know when you pick up a JP book you are going to get a heartfelt, wonderful story that you are going to fall in love with. And Our Italian Summer is no exception - though I think I fell in love with the scenery as much as the lovelies in our story this time. It is more women's fiction in feel than other JP books I have read in the past - with a story of self discovery thrown in . It was Eat, Pray, Love-ish in its vibe (but better than EPL) I won't lie, there wer ARC received for an honest review You know when you pick up a JP book you are going to get a heartfelt, wonderful story that you are going to fall in love with. And Our Italian Summer is no exception - though I think I fell in love with the scenery as much as the lovelies in our story this time. It is more women's fiction in feel than other JP books I have read in the past - with a story of self discovery thrown in . It was Eat, Pray, Love-ish in its vibe (but better than EPL) I won't lie, there were a few times that I wanted to throw my reader across the room with Frannie and also Allegra. I could understand their actions/reactions most of the time, but it didn't stop me from hating on them either - especially Frannie. And Nonni reminded me of Sophia from The Golden Girls - she was my favourite of the three ladies. This story has mad me want to travel to Europe more than ever. I did like where their journey ended up taking them, and I look forward more stories like this from Ms Probst in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This is the story of three generations of Ferrari women… Francesca is a single mother and a workaholic. She hardly has any time to spend with her teenage daughter, Allegra. More often than not, Francesca’s mother, Sophia, is left to deal with Allegra. The result is Allegra and Sophia are very close, leaving Francesca out in the cold. Allegra gets involved with a new group, but they are into things that are dangerous, such as drugs. Still, she plans to spend the summer on a trip with this new gan This is the story of three generations of Ferrari women… Francesca is a single mother and a workaholic. She hardly has any time to spend with her teenage daughter, Allegra. More often than not, Francesca’s mother, Sophia, is left to deal with Allegra. The result is Allegra and Sophia are very close, leaving Francesca out in the cold. Allegra gets involved with a new group, but they are into things that are dangerous, such as drugs. Still, she plans to spend the summer on a trip with this new gang but she’s met with resistance from her mother. Sophia loves her daughter and grand-daughter, but she can see their relationship needs help. She comes up with the perfect solution. A trip to Italy to discover their family’s roots. Now she just has to convince Francesca and Allegra to go with her. It’s definitely not an easy sell. This book grabbed my interest right away. I liked all three characters, even with their flaws. They are realistic people going through real life situations. I didn’t always agree with them, but I could understand and feel for each one. The true love of family shines in this story. Each paragraph is told in the point of view of one of the women. It alternates. I love this technique as it gives you a look inside the head of each one. It gave me a chance to understand the motives of each character and get a better understanding of where they are coming from. As for their trip to Italy. I wanted to go with them! I would have needed no convincing. LOL The author did a wonderful job of painting a very vivid picture of Italy. I felt as if I was by their side as they toured the country. The author has a real talent for bringing her readers into the story. I’ll definitely be looking at this author’s future books as well as checking out her backlist. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Franci Neill

    5 A Moving Life Changing Experience Stars!! I absolutely adored this newest book by Ms. Probst. I connected on different levels with each generation with each of these women. Each of these women, while family, are very disjointed right now because they’re each being pulled in different directions, especially Francesca and Allegra, our mother and daughter in this story and then there’s Sophia who’s the matriarch of this family and she can see how her daughter and granddaughter are struggling w 5 A Moving Life Changing Experience Stars!! I absolutely adored this newest book by Ms. Probst. I connected on different levels with each generation with each of these women. Each of these women, while family, are very disjointed right now because they’re each being pulled in different directions, especially Francesca and Allegra, our mother and daughter in this story and then there’s Sophia who’s the matriarch of this family and she can see how her daughter and granddaughter are struggling with their lives right now as they’re being pulled in a lot of different directions, some of them leading to consequences that no one is going to be happy about. I absolutely fell in love with how these three women reconnected while exploring Italy. There are some very heartwarming discussions but also angry words as Francesca comes to the realization that her baby, isn’t a baby anymore and recognizing that Allegra can make her own decisions, however consequential some of them are, is something she struggles with, sometimes questioning some of her actions over the years. But Sophia is a woman that is astute and wise and sometimes lets the chips fall where they may and other times inserts herself into the discussion on a more forceful basis… just like my own beloved Nonna used to do… oh the stories I have LOL… Their trip to Italy and the cities, museums and countryside they visit is written with so much grace and love, it’s apparent Ms. Probst has a true love for this country, as she does disclose at the end of this amazing book. There were times I could picture myself standing there looking at David or on one of the Venetian canals absorbing all the beauty of this country. Needless to say, all their lives change as this trip winds down and they have to return to their home, but it’s with different mindsets and I can see the greatness of what their family is becoming and will sustain going forward. This book is absolutely one of my very favorite by Ms. Probst and is one I’ll definitely read again and again as well getting the audiobook so I can truly bring this story to life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    A Review of “Our Italian Summer” by Jennifer Probst, Berkley Publishing, January 2021, by Linda Zagon Jennifer Probst, the author of “Our Italian Summer” has written a delightful, entertaining, and memorable novel. The genres for this novel are family fiction, and romantic fiction. The timeline for the story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events.. The author describes her characters as flawed, likable,complex and complicated. Most of the story is A Review of “Our Italian Summer” by Jennifer Probst, Berkley Publishing, January 2021, by Linda Zagon Jennifer Probst, the author of “Our Italian Summer” has written a delightful, entertaining, and memorable novel. The genres for this novel are family fiction, and romantic fiction. The timeline for the story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events.. The author describes her characters as flawed, likable,complex and complicated. Most of the story is set in parts of Italy. I love the way Jennifer Probst vividly describes the food, the scenery and the events in Italy. This is a novel with three generations of women in the same family. Sophia has a feeling that her daughter and grand daughter need some intervention, and plans a trip to Italy to enjoy the sights, and bond the family. Francesca, her daughter is a workaholic and single mother that often forgets to attend important meetings for her daughter Allegra. Allegra’s feelings have been hurt by her mother, and she starts to hang out with a different crowd. This special summer trip to Italy is wonderful to read, and I wish I could purchase a ticket and head there now. I enjoyed the family dynamics, and I highly recommend this wonderful book for others.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Birch

    Our Italian Summer is new direction for Jennifer Probst and as of now I will follow her anywhere! The Ferrari women are all at a cross roads and the last thing that Francesca and Allegra want to do is spend time with each other and away from their lives but Sophia insists. What unfolds is a beautiful story of finding yourself, your place, and gaining understanding of the complications and gifts of the mother-daughter relationship. The backdrop of Italy made the journey all the more engaging and Our Italian Summer is new direction for Jennifer Probst and as of now I will follow her anywhere! The Ferrari women are all at a cross roads and the last thing that Francesca and Allegra want to do is spend time with each other and away from their lives but Sophia insists. What unfolds is a beautiful story of finding yourself, your place, and gaining understanding of the complications and gifts of the mother-daughter relationship. The backdrop of Italy made the journey all the more engaging and poignant. I can’t wait for more of this new Jennifer Probst brand. I received a complimentary review copy of this book but all opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Our Italian Summer is a poignant tale of 3 generations of women dealing with life's challenges while enjoying trip of a lifetime. While this is more chick lit than the romance I love from this author it is still a book I enjoyed very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a great story. The writing is superior and these characters will find a place in your heart. Be prepared to kick back and enjoy aa lovely slow paced journey. Our Italian Summer is a poignant tale of 3 generations of women dealing with life's challenges while enjoying trip of a lifetime. While this is more chick lit than the romance I love from this author it is still a book I enjoyed very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a great story. The writing is superior and these characters will find a place in your heart. Be prepared to kick back and enjoy aa lovely slow paced journey.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Audible listen. I really enjoyed the three generations of women and their stories. All so different in personality and life issues. Mother daughter healings are involved. The trip to Italy was wonderful and of course, a little romance for the ladies. Great narrators!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Predictable but helped a little to scratch the travel itch while stuck at home.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I was happy to receive this ARC as part of a Shelf Awareness giveaway. As a travel advisor who specializes in Italy, and with COVID 19 putting a stop to international travel, I was in need of an Italian escape via the pages of this book. It was a totally delightful story of 3 women, workaholic Francesca, her mother Sophia, and Francesca's daughter Allegra. There was such a believable and wonderful dynamic between the trio. Their escapades during their escorted group tour of Italy were often laug I was happy to receive this ARC as part of a Shelf Awareness giveaway. As a travel advisor who specializes in Italy, and with COVID 19 putting a stop to international travel, I was in need of an Italian escape via the pages of this book. It was a totally delightful story of 3 women, workaholic Francesca, her mother Sophia, and Francesca's daughter Allegra. There was such a believable and wonderful dynamic between the trio. Their escapades during their escorted group tour of Italy were often laugh out loud and heart wrenching, but they learned more about themselves on that trip and learned to love their lives and each other even more. #OurItalianSummer #NetGalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brook Obsessed

    A transportive and family driven novel about three generations of women connecting on an Italian getaway. Surprisingly interesting and with great characterization, a beautiful story about the struggles of growing up, raising a child, and growing old. 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙧𝙗: Allegra is tired of her overbearing mother, Francesca is obsessed with work, and Sophia just wants her daughter and granddaughter to get a long. So when Francesca has a health scare, Sophia jumps at the opportunity to take all three of them on A transportive and family driven novel about three generations of women connecting on an Italian getaway. Surprisingly interesting and with great characterization, a beautiful story about the struggles of growing up, raising a child, and growing old. 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙧𝙗: Allegra is tired of her overbearing mother, Francesca is obsessed with work, and Sophia just wants her daughter and granddaughter to get a long. So when Francesca has a health scare, Sophia jumps at the opportunity to take all three of them on a much needed Italian vacation. While I did love the setting and the back story of each character, Francesca absolutely drove me bonkers. She was controlling, a workaholic, and bossy. The only saving grace is her character growth by the end of the novel. I love the added romance, but it was not a focal point of the story. Sophia, the matriarch, is my favorite character and the true hero. Resilient, hopeful, and strong, Sophia fights to make her family whole again. A heartwarming, delicious, and adventerous story that highlights family connection and the resilience of women.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reads & Reviews

    OUR ITALIAN SUMMER was an absolute joy to read. The family dynamics were organic and easy to relate to, the descriptions of towns and cities in Italy transported this reader across the ocean, and the food (THE FOOD!!) was a character in of itself. Truly, there is much to love about OUR ITALIAN SUMMER. It's an easy read, but character-driven which sometimes added a bit of heaviness to the story. Three generations of Italian women will do that (said comfortably by this Italian woman, lol). There w OUR ITALIAN SUMMER was an absolute joy to read. The family dynamics were organic and easy to relate to, the descriptions of towns and cities in Italy transported this reader across the ocean, and the food (THE FOOD!!) was a character in of itself. Truly, there is much to love about OUR ITALIAN SUMMER. It's an easy read, but character-driven which sometimes added a bit of heaviness to the story. Three generations of Italian women will do that (said comfortably by this Italian woman, lol). There was something about each character that I could relate to, from first love to questioning our choices as we look back in our lives. It was poignant and beautiful. Probst's descriptions of Italy pulled me in, making me yearn to return to Rome and, even better, take the time for a trip to Tuscany. I could easily see the rolling hills and the streets of Rome. And then there was the food. And the wine. And the Limoncello. You get the picture. I absolutely recommend OUR ITALIAN SUMMER! 4/5 stars. Thank you to Berkley for the advance copy in exchange for honest feedback.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sage

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I LOVED IT, LOVED ITALY, felt like I was living vicariously, I want to buy it for my mom and Grammie to read etc. On the other hand, 2 of the 3 main characters (Francesca and Allegra) really annoyed the shit out of me, honestly. Firstly, Francesca and her bullshit priorities and general workaholic everything. HATED that. Very irritating. I felt like Ron in Harry Potter: “she needs to sort out her priorities!” Allegra didn’t annoy 3.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I LOVED IT, LOVED ITALY, felt like I was living vicariously, I want to buy it for my mom and Grammie to read etc. On the other hand, 2 of the 3 main characters (Francesca and Allegra) really annoyed the shit out of me, honestly. Firstly, Francesca and her bullshit priorities and general workaholic everything. HATED that. Very irritating. I felt like Ron in Harry Potter: “she needs to sort out her priorities!” Allegra didn’t annoy me as much, but still, the way she talked to her mother sometimes was just....my parents wouldn’t stand for any of that nonsense! And also, SHE WAS SO BUTT HURT ABOUT GOING TO ITALY IN THE FIRST PLACE. Can you believe. Like, girl, you just got ARRESTED and instead of your mom grounding you for the rest of your life, you’re going on a once in a lifetime trip to freaking ITALY. Be more grateful, ffs!!! I did love the general storyline though, the three generations of women, healing their broken relationships through a magical trip to Italy. Especially in these times, when international travel (or travel of any kind) seems very far away, I was genuinely grateful to live vicariously through this book. Also THANK GOD re: Sophia at the end, I was FREAKING OUT thinking she was going to die!!!! Girl, go to Paris with Milton!!! This line really resonated with me: “Even though the bus rides were endless, and we’d packed and repacked a million times, and the heat sank into our skin like a slow burn, bringing bone-weary exhaustion that staggered me, Italy charmed, seduced, and demanded to be loved back. And I did.” I also especially liked this book because it brought back memories of my own Italian tour with my mother, grandmother, and sister, when my sister and I were 13. My Grammie had started saving when my siblings and I were born, and once my mom realized she was actually serious about taking my sister and I, she invited herself because “my teenagers aren’t going to Italy before I do!” And much like this book, it was absolute MAGIC. We went to Rome and Venice, like in the book, and had a crazy dinner party in Florence (too much dancing = slightly injured Grammie!) and were allowed to have a sip of wine and limoncello. It was a great walk down memory lane, as much as I wish my memories were crisper and it wasn’t (literally) half a lifetime away.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Three generations take a family vacation to Italy. The family matriarch Sophia is longing to see the country where her parents lived and she’s also praying the trip will bring her family closer together. Sophia is my favorite of the characters, she’s in her mid seventies and is worried she’s very sick. She never got to see Italy with her husband because he died before he retired. She’s decided that now is the time, before she might miss her chance for good. She’s also hoping that she can help her Three generations take a family vacation to Italy. The family matriarch Sophia is longing to see the country where her parents lived and she’s also praying the trip will bring her family closer together. Sophia is my favorite of the characters, she’s in her mid seventies and is worried she’s very sick. She never got to see Italy with her husband because he died before he retired. She’s decided that now is the time, before she might miss her chance for good. She’s also hoping that she can help her daughter Francesca and granddaughter Allegra bond. She wants to heal her own relationship with Francesca as well. Francesca is in her late forties. She owns her own company and she works very hard. She’s trying to give her daughter Allegra the type of freedom she didn’t have as a teenager, she wants Allegra to learn how to be self sufficient. She resents the way her mother Sophia’s whole purpose in life revolved around her husband and child. Allegra is 18 and about to go into her final year of highschool. She resents her mom for not being around more and is closer to her grandmother Sophia, who has always been there for her. After Allegra gets in some trouble after smoking pot, drinking and hanging out with the wild crowd, her mom decides to give in and take the trip to Italy together. I loved all the destinations they saw on their tour. I loved all the talk of delicious Italian foods. I took a little virtual vacation with them, looking up pictures of food and scenery on my phone while I read. And my virtual trip didn’t involve any of the drama theirs did lol Sometimes Allegra and Francesca frustrated me. Allegra is very angsty at the beginning of this book. She becomes a sweeter, kinder person after spending more time with her grandmother and a nice guy on the tour with them. Francesca is very focused on work. She’s also upset with both her mother and daughter at times. As with Allegra, I liked her more as the book went on. It was sad that both Francesca and Allegra were both trying so hard not to be like their own mothers. And Sophia is pretty wonderful in my opinion. I enjoyed their journey and I loved that almost the entire book took place in Italy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Nelson

    During a year where I was home bound more than I was planning trips, going to dinner, or seeing friends- this is exactly what I need. When I was a preteen I used to wallpaper my walls with magazine clippings of cobblestone streets lined with cafes and dapper looking gentlemen smoking cigars along the waterfronts of Europe. I would watch "Under the Tuscan Sun" on repeat as Diane Lane reassembled her life in a chateau while making fresh pasta in the italian countryside. Fast forward to now, 30 year During a year where I was home bound more than I was planning trips, going to dinner, or seeing friends- this is exactly what I need. When I was a preteen I used to wallpaper my walls with magazine clippings of cobblestone streets lined with cafes and dapper looking gentlemen smoking cigars along the waterfronts of Europe. I would watch "Under the Tuscan Sun" on repeat as Diane Lane reassembled her life in a chateau while making fresh pasta in the italian countryside. Fast forward to now, 30 years old and still reading every book I can get my hands on that transports me to the tables of Sicilian grandmothers, enjoying fresh bruschetta and praying to the saints. Whisk me away to the historic churches and plazas filled with hundreds of year old fountains. Let me order gelato from a street vendor who inherited his cart from his great grandfather and watch table side fish deboning while I sip a glass of chardonnay. This is all I want people. And "Our Italian Summer" gave me that. And more. I am so happy I took a chance on this book. It gave me escapism, characters with heart and depth, and romance without the sap. This book is of a mother, daughter, and grandmother who all need to get away and push refresh on their everyday lives. The mother is a workaholic, the daughter finding her way with only one year left in high school, and the grandmother has her own secrets but they all have one thing in common. They need to bond. They need to start over together and only a trip to Italy, where their family is from, can accomplish that. I was sad when this book ended. I have really came to care about the characters and their lives. I will be thinking about all the women for years to come and hoping that I have, in some small way, become more like them. *Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for this advanced copy for my honest review.* #Ouritaliansummer #netgalley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Our Italian Summer was such a beautiful story and I fell in love with Sophia, Francesca and Allegra. I think any mother can relate to Sophia and Francesca’s doubts about whether they’ve made the right decisions along the way. If you’ve ever been a mother or daughter, the dynamics will probably feel familiar to you as well. I loved going on this journey with them as they learned how to reconnect with each other and with themselves. Now, let’s talk about the setting! I was lucky enough to spend a s Our Italian Summer was such a beautiful story and I fell in love with Sophia, Francesca and Allegra. I think any mother can relate to Sophia and Francesca’s doubts about whether they’ve made the right decisions along the way. If you’ve ever been a mother or daughter, the dynamics will probably feel familiar to you as well. I loved going on this journey with them as they learned how to reconnect with each other and with themselves. Now, let’s talk about the setting! I was lucky enough to spend a semester in Italy in college and Jennifer Probst does such an amazing job of capturing the essence of this beautiful country, from the scenery to the food to the people. It brought back so many memories for me and I loved it. We were supposed to go to Italy as a family this past summer but that didn’t happen so I lived vicariously through these three women and I enjoyed every minute of it. The additional romance elements were sweet and beautiful. Rather than take away from the women’s work on fixing their relationships, the romances helped each character through their personal growth and I loved that. I'm glad the focus the story wasn't on everyone getting a happy romantic ending. Instead, it ends with a lot of hopefulness. (However, I really would have loved an epilogue because I'm dying to know what happens next for these characters. I'm hoping we get to hear from them again someday. Thank you to Valentine PR for a copy in exchange for my honest review. This was another case of me loving the ebook so much that I went and purchased a physical copy as well. Our Italian Summer is an emotional, heartwarming story about family, motherhood and love in every form. It will transport you to beautiful Italy. What’s not to love about that?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    If you are looking for a beautifully written journey then Our Italian Summer is the book for you. This story is about three generations of Ferrari woman getting their relationships and life back on track, it’s about taking a journey to Italy to find themselves and each other and it’s a story all woman can relate too. As they embark on this wonderfully described journey through Italy they all learn the importance of family and this journey also brings some life changing experiences for them all.. If you are looking for a beautifully written journey then Our Italian Summer is the book for you. This story is about three generations of Ferrari woman getting their relationships and life back on track, it’s about taking a journey to Italy to find themselves and each other and it’s a story all woman can relate too. As they embark on this wonderfully described journey through Italy they all learn the importance of family and this journey also brings some life changing experiences for them all...... Sophia is struggling with some health problems and she decides it’s time to get her daughter and granddaughter together for a trip of a lifetime. Francesca is spending far to much time at work and is neglecting family time with her mum (Sophia) and her daughter Allegra who at eighteen is at an age where she needs her mum around...... Tuscany and Rome are described beautifully and as you join these woman on their journey you will find yourself imagining the places they are visiting because Ms Probst paints wonderful pictures with her words. This is not a romance, it’s a story about rebuilding a family, it’s about looking at yourself and coming to terms with what you see, it’s about three generations of woman reconnecting and bringing the family together again and this story will appeal to all woman. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone so please one click this gem, you won’t be disappointed. I was captivated by a story that felt real, it felt like I had been here with my own mum and it brought back memories I will cherish forever. Beautifully written story from a very talented author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    My thoughts: -This was as sweet and sensational as the gelato described in the book. I absolutely devoured this novel in one sitting and I've already started googling guided tours of Italy because I am desperate to travel there and feel the magic that Francesca, Sophia & Allegra experienced during their special summer. -One of my favorite aspects of the book was how much I learned about Italian history, which was an unexpected, yet very appreciated layer to the storyline. It's one thing to know t My thoughts: -This was as sweet and sensational as the gelato described in the book. I absolutely devoured this novel in one sitting and I've already started googling guided tours of Italy because I am desperate to travel there and feel the magic that Francesca, Sophia & Allegra experienced during their special summer. -One of my favorite aspects of the book was how much I learned about Italian history, which was an unexpected, yet very appreciated layer to the storyline. It's one thing to know the names of different cities and landmarks, but to read them through the eyes of these characters really brought things to life. -I did not want this story to end and I am desperate to know what happens next for each character. Speaking of characters, these were some of the most relatable, loveable and REAL ones that I've read in a while. I know it seems silly, but each of these women felt like friends. I was truly invested in their journey to self discovery, forgiveness, growth and happiness. -As a parent, I took a lot of really good advice away from these pages. I know I will be facing some of these challenges later in life with my two boys and I was grateful for the guidance. Sophia and Francesca are both great role models and I really loved that they had a completely different upbringing, views on life and parenting style, but loved purely and endlessly. If you want to read a beautiful and uplifting story about love, family and forgiveness, I highly suggest reading OUR ITALIAN SUMMER. This one burst with heart and honesty and I give this one 5 massive stars!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Turbyfill

    What a beautiful story set in such a awe inspiring location. Frannie, workaholic single mom who is losing her tenuous relationship with her teenager daughter. Allegra, Frannie's teenage daughter at that pivotal age when she is looking for who she is and where she belongs in the world and feeling list and unheard. And Spohia, the matriarch of this family who is hiding a health concern. These three take a summer adventure to Italy to heal wounds in their relationships and see the wonders out there What a beautiful story set in such a awe inspiring location. Frannie, workaholic single mom who is losing her tenuous relationship with her teenager daughter. Allegra, Frannie's teenage daughter at that pivotal age when she is looking for who she is and where she belongs in the world and feeling list and unheard. And Spohia, the matriarch of this family who is hiding a health concern. These three take a summer adventure to Italy to heal wounds in their relationships and see the wonders out there waiting. I absolutely loved the struggle for Frannie and just wasn't expecting to like her. She can't let go, she has to be in control and her priorities are just not in the right order. I loved the trio POV in this story as you get to watch each relationship through another set of eyes and see where things were going so well and then crash and burn with just a few words. I loved seeing her realize things about her relationship with her own mother as she struggled and felt like a failure with her daughter. Don't give up on Frannie- she's going to figure it out in her own time and realize what's important. She's going to see what she really needs and who she could be. I ended this book having a little boo hoo and I am having one now writing this as I think of these 3 ladies and their journey. Go adventure, eat the carbs, kiss those boys and really let yourself be swept away in those beautiful moments.

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