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An Italian Summer is a novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy. And it's our book club choice for October.
Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she's a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being side-lined in favour of younger colleagues. So, when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself.
She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way?
"A glorious jaunt around Italy with characters I didn't want to leave" - Clare Mackintosh
An Italian Summer is published by Orion and is available online and from all good booksellers. If you receive a free copy, you'll need to add your questions and comments for Fanny to the thread (coming soon!) by the end of October so please ONLY apply if this time frame works for you.
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