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Posted July 29, 2013
The second that Lena laid eyes on Alex, she knew that he was the
The second that Lena laid eyes on Alex, she knew that he was the man she was going to marry. She envisioned what their children would look like and how their life would be. They spoke about honeymooning in Italy and visiting the Cinque Terre, but that was 16 years ago. Now married with two children, and still awaiting that trip to Italy, Lena has spent the last six months caring for her kids on her own while her husband is in Florence on a business trip. But is Lena bitter that her husband is frolicking through the Mediterranean without her? You best believe she is! She always thought that they would go to Italy together. Instead, Alex is there without her and Lena is less than pleased about this.
Then the day comes that changed everything. Lena receives a package and inside are a dozen long stem roses. Lena’s mother has always said that men only give flowers for two reasons: it’s your birthday or they’re feeling guilty. The card attached simply read: I’M SORRY. Today was the day that Alex was to be coming home. He should be on the airplane right now. Lena tried calling Alex but got his voicemail. That’s when she decided to try Skyping him. Instead of Alex answering the video call, a young, gorgeous Italian woman does. Her name is Alexandria and, to Lena’s surprise, is Alex’s Italian mistress!
Lena refuses to let her marriage go without a fight. She packs up her two kids (and even the dog) and heads to Italy. This is not how her first trip to Italy was supposed to be. She was supposed to be walking hand in hand with Alex, taking in the sights and enjoying the culture. Instead, she’s with her kids, dragging around her dog and sweating profusely all while trying to hide her swollen, red eyes behind sunglasses. How will Alex react when he finds out they are in Italy? Will Lena be able to save her marriage? Or has Alex decided to throw away 16 years of marriage for a woman he barely knows? Come spend Three Months In Florence and find out!
I really enjoyed this book. Mary Carter did a great job grabbing my attention from the beginning. With every page, I became more and more engrossed in the story. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next and felt like I was right there with them in Italy. The characters were so well written. I found myself rooting for Lena and wanting to strangle Alex! The author did a great job captivating my attention, yet swirling in subtle humor. I thought her writing was brilliant. I truly loved this book and would absolutely recommend it to others. I give this book cinque stelle (five stars)!
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Posted August 1, 2014
Posted December 14, 2013
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Mary Carter's la
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Mary Carter's latest novel, Three Months in Florence, offers the reader a breathtaking glimpse into the potential for marital disaster. Lena Wallace has been married to her husband Alex for sixteen years. They have seemingly been kind and gentle years of love, children, and commitment. Then, Alex takes a teaching job in Florence, Italy and Lena uncovers a horrible secret of betrayal. Italy is where she dreamed of honeymooning and now, Alex is apparently experiencing the romance of the city without Lena. She is devastated and she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Three Months in Florence speaks of the potential disaster of a single, impulsive decision in a marital relationship. It explores the feelings of the partners with depth of understanding and raw emotional experience. Mary Carter makes Lena's ruminations so real that they jump off the page and threaten to enter the heart of the reader. The thoughts and emotions are poignant and they speak of the promise and the limitations expressed in the marriage vows. The characterizations of Lena, Alex, and their teenage daughter Rachel are right out of today's world. They think, act, and feel their parts such that readers will try to put themselves into the story and figure out how they might have acted under the same circumstances. Just when you think a decision is made, another possibility surfaces and you ponder to the end what really happened in this story. This is a marvelous interweaving of the problems of today and how they affect and change the people who experience them.
Posted October 3, 2013
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