Under the Italian Sun
By Sue Moorcroft
What a gorgeous read Under the Italian Sun is. I absolutely loved it!
Zia is a lovely character, who I warmed to immediately. I really felt for her when she discovers her life hasn’t quite been as she had thought and that those closest to her had obviously kept a lot from her. To protect, her of course, but still. I understood her need to know and I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with her to Italy in search of answers.
I loved her friendship with Ursula. They have their ups and downs like most best friends do but it was nice to see them spend some quality time together as Ursula joins Zia on her travels.
The setting of this book sounds divine. I have never been to Italy, but I have always wanted to visit. I was very jealous of their lazy lunches and coffees on the terrace in the glorious sunshine. It sounds amazing!
Of course, there is much more to this story than two best friends on holiday in Italy. This is the story of a young woman looking for the truth about her family and the overwhelming emotion involved. We meet some lovely characters along the way (and some not so lovely ones). Piero is an interesting character, and I loved the relationship that develops between him and Zia, although it isn’t without its struggles and misunderstandings. I was rooting for them from the start and for Zia to find her truth, make peace with her past, and move on to happier times.
A really lovely, beautifully written story which I very much recommend.