Summer in Tuscany

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Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance: the three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. Gemma hopes that a change of scenery will bring back the closeness she used to share with her daughter. And perhaps the challenges of living in a foreign country will ...
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Overview

Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance: the three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. Gemma hopes that a change of scenery will bring back the closeness she used to share with her daughter. And perhaps the challenges of living in a foreign country will give her mother something to worry about beyond Gemma's social life.

But what they encounter there is far more distracting than Gemma expected: a crumbling old villa and a town divided. Half the residents believe that Ben Raphael, another American, is the rightful inheritor of the villa. As cultures clash, gossip soars, and intrigue unfolds, Gemma is caught up in the most disturbing and delicious trouble she's ever had. And her summer in Tuscany will change her outlook-and her life-forever.

Author Biography: Elizabeth Adler is the internationally acclaimed author of fourteen novels, and a frequent traveler to Tuscany. Although the town of Bella Piacere is fictional, many of the restaurants, shops, and hotels in Summer in Tuscany are real. She lives in southern California.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Adler has a deft hand in creating characters to cheer for and settings to dream over in this deeply appealing story of love, family, and the beauty of Italy."—Booklist

 

"The beauty and rich culture of Tuscany form a wonderfully romantic and compelling backdrop for this delightful novel. Ms. Adler's characters are complex and riveting, making this another must-read novel." —Romantic Times

"Adler is superlative at making readers feel they know her characters...Tuscany offers satisfying summer reading."—Brazosport Facts

Publishers Weekly
When Gemma Jericho learns that her feisty Italian mother has inherited land in her Tuscan hometown, she reluctantly makes the pilgrimage to assess the new family compound. What awaits this over-worked single mother in the tiny, sun-baked village of Bella Piacere is the stuff of dreams: a band of friendly locals who unfurl their red-checked tablecloths for her welcome feast, a crumbling but stately villa that surpasses her expectations by a dozen rooms and even the possibility of knee-weakening romance. The audio version of Adler's dramatic tale breathes new life into the sumptuous backdrop and colorful cast of characters. Narrator Lawson is equally convincing whether she's channeling a cynical Manhattan teenager or a middle-aged Italian innkeeper-and this is no small feat given Adler's dialogue-heavy, regionally accented prose. The one weak spot in the performance is Lawson's depiction of Gemma Jericho's mother, Nonna, whose tired, gravelly voice hardly matches her spirited actions. Otherwise, this audio book will provide a delightful escape from the real world, where surprise inheritances rarely have the capacity to inspire such widespread excitement and transformation. Based on the St. Martin's hardcover (Forecasts, July 8, 2002). (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Forlorn ER doc learns to love again under Italy's sunny skies. Gemma Jericho works long hours at Bellevue when not fretting over her daughter Livvie. New York is a tough city to raise a teenager in, but fortunately Gemma's staunch little Italian mama is still around to help them both, dishing up pasta and advice. Gemma isn't looking for love, mind you-not since Cash Drummond, a gorgeous blond actor and great guy, isn't around anymore. No replacements for him? Take a trip to Tuscany with the Jerichos and find out. Nonna has inherited a villa, though the title is in dispute and there's some wrangling over a will. No matter. The Jerichos are charmed by all they see, soothed by the balmy breezes and relaxed life. Then Gemma meets Ben Raphael, handsome Bronx-born property developer and self-made man, also vacationing with his young daughter Muffie. Ben is intelligent, sexy, patient, and kind-with exactly the right amount of manly hair on his muscular forearms. Surely he'll melt Gemma's frozen heart and find out why she swore she would never love again. But, first, there are shopping, sightseeing, and cafe-visiting to be done. Will Nonna fall for the earthy wooing of the sturdy peasant who likes her so much? Perhaps, if she doesn't have a heart attack first and spoil Gemma's budding romance (Nonna has concealed a congenital heart defect so Gemma won't worry). Ben finally learns Gemma's secret: Cash was brought into the ER where she was then working, mortally wounded from a car crash. Had Cash been on his way to see her, and has she been eaten with guilt for years because of that? Ah, but the love of a good man will let her to move on at last. Another tame romance with a tax-deductible foreignlocale from Adler, who knocks them out industriously (Last Time I Saw Paris, 2001, etc.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312537081
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 370,264
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Adler is the internationally acclaimed author of fourteen novels, and a frequent traveler to Tuscany. Although the town of Bella Piacere is fictional, many of the restaurants, shops, and hotels in Summer in Tuscany are real. She lives in southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    An easy read

    I enjoyed reading the book, specially brought me back to Italy. towards the end the story got very predictable.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Love IT - made you want to travel with them

    What a great story about love and letting go, committment and forgivness of oneself. Plus you gotta just love they way they talk about all the Italian villas and food!!! Its somewhere I would love to go and travel along this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    Great book....feel like you're in Italy without leaving your house!

    This was the first book I have read by Elizabeth Adler....I have read three more since and this is my absolute favorite! I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of Italy are so beautifully detailed that you feel like you are there. The romance was great...loved the story. A great summer read....

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    Schmaltzy, schmaltzy, schmaltzy!

    For those who like chick flicks, but prefer to read them instead of see them on a screen, this is a book for you. Great fun and perfect for a rainy miserable day---it'll uplift you--kind of like drinking a cup of special tea, with a shot of single malt scotch thrown in to the brew. Good stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    Wonderful book in which to escape!

    I was ordering another book when I saw that B&N recommended this book. I bought it and dove right in. It visited many of the wonderful places my husband and I toured in Italy. Specific place names were mentioned and I read them aloud to my husband. We started making plans to return to Italy next year. Althought the main characher, Gemma, is a doctor, she is not very intelligent. She is rather the weak link in the book but all in all it was a fun, light read. Great for vacation when you don't want to think too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    MAGNIFICENTE

    How romantic.Ever want to virtually go to Italy and fall in love. Read this excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    What a Love, What a Place!!

    This book was set in such a great place. Elizabeth Adler know how to put the reader into her world. Reading the book takes you to Tuscany to Rome and to all the places that Gemma and Ben go. I could not put the book down in the two days I read this.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb relationship drama

    Thirty-eight year old divorcee Gemma Jericho works extremely hard as resident in charge of Bellevue Hospital Trauma Department as there is never a void of customers. She also feels like the sandwich generation struggling between her mom Nonna and her third generation American teen Livvie. <P>Nonna receives a letter from Bella Piacere, the village she grew up in Italy, but has not been back to in four decades. The priest informs Nonna that she has inherited property. Using guilt as a sharp sword, Nonna persuades her two descendants to come with her to Italy so she can see her home for the last time and to learn what has been bequest to her. <P>Though they kind of met in Rome, Gemma and Long Islander Ben Raphael formally meet in Tuscany. He claims to own the same villa that the priest insists has been bestowed on Nonna. Though Gemma and Ben are very attracted to one another, the villa more than the past failures in relationships stand in the way of anything permanent. <P>Fans of relationship dramas will want to read SUMMER IN TUSCANY as the tale contains strong characters representing three generations struggling to connect with one another. The story line is well written though the bias is clearly pointed towards the fresh rural countryside over the smoggy urban areas. However, the key that makes the plot succeed is the rotation of voices, though mostly Gemma, so that the audience understands what each of the protagonists feel and thus can discern why relationships are difficult to form and tougher to maintain. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Vivid, Colorful, Fun & Touching....

    SUMMER IN TUSCANY........ what a pleasure to pick up a book and simply fall into its pages, and into its character and the wonderful Tuscan village Elizabeth Adler has created.... I was right there with the Jericho family, in the little inn with the brass beds and the wobbly shower....... I could even feel the heat of the sun on the rampant zucchini, and on the tomato plants climbing up the old stone wall... and taste them with basil and mozzarella later...... This author knows how to bring you into her world with a love story that you envy, a teenager whose moods you recognize and an Italian grandmother who runs everybody's lives. Vivid, colorful, fun - and touching.

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