Can one college semester abroad change the course of a person's life?
Bella Rossini longs for a large family and close friends-two things she has never known. Bella thinks she can handle anything until her mother sends her to Italy for a semester abroad and she finds herself living with seven strangers in a foreign country.
Hope, Bella's likeable roommate for the summer, and the "perfect" twins, Karen and Meghan, quickly become Bella's friends. The guys-Stillman, Phillip, Rune, and Lee-are a mystery to Bella and come from backgrounds as different as their personalities. Stillman, haunted by a hard past, and Phillip, an athlete, are both fueled by competition. Studious Lee is a pre-med student by family mandate, and Rune, who tries to romance all the ladies, is a Hollywood-bound wild child.
These eight college students come together with sizzling chemistry and rebellious humor. In one whirlwind summer, while uncovering the charms of Italy, they discover both friendship and love.
After their summer together, life - and loss - happens.
Thirty years later, Bella receives a mysterious invitation for a reunion of that college semester abroad. She has a score to settle and a dream to pursue. In Tuscany once again, Bella realizes that she is not the only one with secrets, unfulfilled dreams, disappointments, and anger. Bella and her classmates plunge on a startling collision course that none of them could have predicted.
Set against the allure of Tuscany, with an irresistible fusion of heartbreak and humor, this debut novel, "To Tuscany with Love," explores the fear of letting the past determine the future, the promise of new beginnings, and the power of friendship.
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About the Author
Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, and graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics. She earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. Gail began her career as a CPA specializing in tax law, which later transitioned to full-time mother to four boys. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. Gail lives in Colorado with her husband, where she loves entertaining her family and friends, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Gail is a breast cancer survivor and a passionate advocate of proactive breast healthcare and is grateful every day for her many blessings.
Visit Gail's website to find It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love companion recipes, reader discussion questions, and book club enhancement ideas. www.GailMencini.com
What People are Saying About This
To Tuscany with Love explores the molding of friendships during college years, when we are at our most open and vulnerable as human beings. … Mencini's lean style scrutinizes relationships and human foibles with honesty and compassion in an impressive first outing as a novelist. Through her characters, Mencini asks the question: Does our past define our destiny, or does it simply provide a broad tapestry of possible endings and new beginnings for us to choose from?
Mencini writes about the landscape of Tuscany with a knowing eye and the heart of an Anglo-Florentine. To Tuscany with Love will leave you hungry for all things Italian and more stories of lovers who discover the unexpected treasures and adventures of a summer abroad. --Jalynn Venis, author of The Pajama Supper Club and Other Bedtime Stories