What they say: When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mum, 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, the mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer 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, healthy and sun-tanned… and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how – all she can focus on is that somehow, impossibly, she has her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman who came before.
But can we ever truly know our parents? Soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.
The review: I’ll tell you something here and now. I don’t always read the blurb of books before I request or buy them. Yes-you’ve got me-I sometimes buy purely on the basis of cover, title or hype. What can I say-I’m fickle!
I chose this book nearly solely on the fact that it was a book about Italy. Having been there twice and read pretty much every Lucy Coleman and TA Williams’ books I can get my hands on about the place I now jump for anything Italian! In that respect I really loved this book, Descriptions transported me to clear waters that were a part of amazing settings (And of course to fabulous food.)
This is the story of Katy who is lost on the death of her mother. She finds that the solace she needs from her husband isn’t what she needs and so goes off on a trip to Italy that herself and her mother had planned sometime ago. I really felt for Katy and remembered and empathised with her grief for her mother as being similar to what I felt when my dad died. Unfortunately despite this myself and Katy possibly didn’t get along. While I could see her tied up in her grief, I just found her difficult to connect with, possibly not helped by the fact that this story was told in first person point of view and the fact that I really liked her husband.
I really I loved the time travel element, which made it different to anything I’d usually read- I always think of that what your parents would like when they were young when they were figuring it all out to and this book ticked that box nicely.
All in all I can’t tell you if I’m recommending this book or not-it wasn’t totally for me but definitely deserves the attention, hype and love it’s received. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.