“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.
Review originally written in December 2018:
This novel starts off in Seattle. The main character’s mother has an illness that takes over. This leads us to Lina having to move to Italy with her estranged father she didn’t know she had.
Lina I found to be ungrateful at the start and a bit immature. Which made it a slow beginning as she is 16.
The author takes us through her development as she becomes more mature the more she is reading her mother’s journal that was sent for the household she was living in at the cemetery. It seems as if she was to be following in similar footsteps as her mother so I like how Jenna made it seem like that for a while because it did change.
I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it to those looking for a light read about Italy whilst learning a few stories of some of the statues. 4/5 stars