Tuscan Holiday

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In this warm, evocative novel set against a breathtaking Italian backdrop, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin explores the complexities of mother-daughter bonds, and the gift of second chances. . .

Marina Caldwell is thrilled to receive a two-week trip to Tuscany as a college graduation gift. That is, until she realizes her mother wants to go with her. The gulf between idealistic single parent Elizabeth and cautious, controlled Marina seems ...

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Overview

In this warm, evocative novel set against a breathtaking Italian backdrop, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin explores the complexities of mother-daughter bonds, and the gift of second chances. . .

Marina Caldwell is thrilled to receive a two-week trip to Tuscany as a college graduation gift. That is, until she realizes her mother wants to go with her. The gulf between idealistic single parent Elizabeth and cautious, controlled Marina seems too wide to bridge, even with the aid of chilled Prosecco and mouthwatering panforte.

But amid the magical sights and scents of Florence, Marina's careful plans for her vacation--and her future--are thrown into chaos, and Elizabeth's long-held assumptions crumble. Soon a world of unexpected possibilities unfolds for both--buoyed by newfound courage, unshakeable love, and the stirring beauty of a Tuscan sky. . .

Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin

"Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story." —USA Today on Summer Friends

"It does the trick as a beach book and provides a touristy taste of Maine's seasonal attractions." --Publishers Weekly on The Family Beach House

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758214034
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 426,652
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

HOLLY CHAMBERLIN lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband Stephen, an architect and photographer, and their amazingly cute cats Jack and Betty. When not writing, Holly enjoys reading, hosting friends and family at their restored Victorian home, going out to hear friends play jazz and blues, working on scrapbooks, and making beaded jewelry.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Re-living My Own Tuscan Holiday

    I went on a trip to Tuscany two years ago and it felt fitting to re-live my experience. The writer described the sights and sounds of Florence beautifully and in most cases, accurately. Reading this novel made me want to go back even more! The city is a beautiful backdrop for this book as it is the birthplace of the Rennaissance, and the characters themselves go through a 're-birth,' if you will. The book itself was beautifully written and I could not put it down. I did want to slap the daughter, Marina, throughout the first half of the novel, though. But eventually the character's transformation made me admire her more than she annoyed me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    entertaining look at relationships

    Single mom Elizabeth Caldwell is proud of her daughter Marina who just graduated from college. However, she is concerned that her offspring is marrying Boston Brahmin Jotham Grandin for all the wrong reasons. Turning into a pop psychiatrist Elizabeth believes Marina is submissive to her fiancé on everything and marrying him not out of love or even friendship, but more a reaction to avoid the victim mistake her mom made over two decades ago. As a graduation present, she buys two tickets to Italy. Marina thinks it is for her and her fiancé, but Elizabeth awkwardly corrects her that this TUSCAN HOLIDAY is for mom and daughter. Elizabeth knows she is not a role model having been unable to fully commit to her lover Rob after thirteen years together, but hopes to reconnect with her daughter and prays Marina finds some passion. In Italy, Elizabeth is ready to give up as Marina behaves like the condemned walking the last mile to their execution. Suddenly the air seems fresher and livelier when Marina meets Luca who brings a zest for life that has both women reconsidering their relationships back home. --- This is an entertaining look at relationships especially between a mom and a daughter. The lead pair rotates perspective so that the audience sees the same event at times almost entirely different as the two female Caldwells bring personal lenses to the mix. Fans will enjoy this fine family drama. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    I am going to start by saying that this book was nothing that I

    I am going to start by saying that this book was nothing that I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a light chick lit book but it was not. It was deeper than that. One thing that I did not like was the little blurbs at the beginning of each chapter. I kind of understand why they needed to be there but I did not care for them I thought they were mean. Ok enough about that. Now the good part, I liked the idea of the mother-daughter trip to Italy. At first I was not sure that I cared for Marina but as the book went along I started to like her and I began to understand her more. From the first time Jotham came into the story I knew there was something up with him and I did not like him. Elizabeth is someone I felt sorry for - her she is a woman who had a daughter on her own, has an over-bearing mother, and a daughter who forgets about her,, the one good thing is her boyfriend. When they get to Italy Elizabeth is having fun touring all the historical sites while Marina was just passing time until it was time to go home. Little does Marina know that things are about to change for her. I can't say what happens to Marina - it is nothing bad - as I don't want to ruin the story. When this change comes for Marina she does not expect it to totally change her life forever. Marina's trip to Italy ends up being a real eye opener for her and in the end brings her closer to her mom. I am hoping there is a sequel to this book as it left me hanging at the end wanting more of the story. All in all I am glad I read this book. 

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    Tuscan Holiday by Holly Chamberlin Marina Caldwell just graduate

    Tuscan Holiday by Holly Chamberlin
    Marina Caldwell just graduated from college and before she marries her graduation gift from her parents is a 2 week trip to Tuscany. She's excited til she finds out her mother is going with her.
    Her fiancee has a surprise-the honeymoon he's planned for them will be in Hawaii. She had hoped to go play tourist at the Grand Canyon and Sedona in Arizona.
    On the trip of a lifetime many times men approach her mother and she's not swayed by them. She accepts drinks and the daughter can't fathom that men find her mother attractive.
    She's constantly looking for a gift for her intended although they do a bit of sight seeing.
    Love the daily journal and all their deepest thoughts to one another coming to light. The journey is one that puts you right on the street/museum with them as the details as so great.
    Other surprises occur and Marina comes to realize she's not made any decisions as a couple for their wedding. That doesn't quite sit well with her and she plans to rectify that.
    I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Easy summer read

    Enjoyable but predictable story of mother daughter realtionship.
    Tuscan Holiday is a good "rainy day, nothing to do read."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Tuscan Holiday

    I did not like this book at all! It was repetitive and did not hold my interest. I could not wait to finish it so that I could start another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Tuscany!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, both for the locale and the coming of age storyline running concurrent wiith the mother's letting go of old hurts and both embracing life!

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Dreaming of Italy

    This lovely novel of a mother and daughter both coming of age is a great read! Chamberlin has done a wonderful job on researching Italy as well as a mother/daughter relationship. One can see she has put her heart and soul into this novel.

    Elizabeth Caldwell planned a secret mother/daughter holiday to Italy for her daughter’s college graduation. She is looking forward to spending the two weeks with Marina before her daughter starts working in her career. However, during those two weeks, Elizabeth learns more about herself than she had ever dreamed possible.

    Marina was not looking forward to the trip to Italy with her mother. She wanted to spend the last few weeks of freedom with her overbearing fiancée discussing wedding plans and their future. However, Marina is in for the shock of her life while on this vacation.

    The mother and daughter realize that life isn’t always easy, and that spending time together does not always work to their benefit. Chamberlin does a fantastic job with the trials and tribulations that Elizabeth and Marina face while on this trip. Both women grow stronger on their own as well as their relationship.

    I did not want to put the book down, as I wanted to see just exactly what Marina would do in regards to her relationship with her Jotham as well as how Elizabeth would spend her time alone in Florence. I’m excited to share this novel with my fellow friends, as I’m pretty certain they will enjoy this novel as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2009

    Tuscan Holiday demonstrates the interaction of a mother and her daughter who feels she has all the answers to her life.

    While on a two week holiday to Florence which was a graduation present from a single mother to her daughter they both discover how protected they are concerning their ability to perceive other loved ones in their lives.

    The daughter, Marina, feels she knows exactly who she is and how her life will work out with her fiance, Jothan only to discover that she has no real say in how their life together will be. She gives in to all his wishes and at first is mildly frustrated with it.
    Upon meeting and falling love with an Italian young man, Luca, she starts to discover who and what she really needs in her life.

    Elizabeth, who is a single mother, realizes what being alone really means and that is no longer a way she wants to spend her life. Its as if she had never let the father of her child out of her life so that she could have a healthy relationship with a man who has loved her for over 10 years.

    This is both a growing and understanding time for each of them and for their relationship.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    A touching mother daughter story with a twist

    I picked this book up mostly out of curiousity since one of my favorite movies is Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane. What I found in this book is the story of a mother-daughter relationship which I think most of us have with our own mothers and daughters. It gave me some insight into what my own mother thinks and feels toward me. The love story that ensues between the daughter and her Italian lover, I think, is something that has fascinated all of us at some point in our life. I highly recommend this book. Its a very good read.

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