June was a very slow month of reading, but after reading eight books in May (get the full list & my reviews of each book here!), I was more than okay with only getting through one book. July always ends up being a heavy reading month for me, too, since I end up spending so much time at the beach/poolside. The one book I read this past month? One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle! After reading her last book, In Five Years, I’ve been hooked on everything she’s written and One Italian Summer was no exception.
What I Read in June
ONE ITALIAN SUMMER BY REBECCA SERLE
When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.
But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life.
And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.
My Review: In One Italian Summer, we follow Katy on a trip to Positano that she was supposed to take with her mother, just a few weeks after she loses her battle with cancer. Katy is searching for who she is without her mother, is trying to learn more about who her mother was before she became her mom, and is trying to figure out what she wants from her future. Not too long into her trip, Katy meets the younger version of her mother and their relationship was so realistic and beautiful. Katy gets to meet her mother as who she was as a person and it allowed her to find closure with her death. I loved every page of this book, loved the journey Katy was on, and how much we learned about the impact our decisions have on who we become.
My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️