People go to Italy for love & gelato ...but sometimes they discover much more. The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina's mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met. "Howard is the best man I've ever known," her mother says, "he'll keep you safe." Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn't want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard's home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina's mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Oh how I adored this book. I fell in love with all the characters and the stories it was just so wonderful.
I also think a story about Lina's mother when she was a teenager in Italy would make a beautiful story, just saying.
It also made me want to go to Italy. the last time I went was when I was 13 and so I think it is time for a revisit.
In this book we meet Lina. Lina is going to spend the summer in Italy which, was her dying mothers wish. Lina is angry and upset and she is confused at why she has to go there and stay with Howard who was her mothers best friend when she went to Italy for school. A Howard she has never really heard off but, that isn't the only secret her mother was hiding.
Wanting to head straight back home, she starts to wonder what else her mother didn't tell her. Howards friend Sonia gives her a journal that belonged to her mum when she was younger and she starts to read it to get some answers. She wants to know what happened and who the mysterious X could be. But, is she prepared to find out the answers.
Lina isn't also expecting to make friends. Especially with the cute Ren who takes her under his wing and helps her figure out things in the diary, takes her out and introduces her to his friends and his current girlfriend.
As Lina and Ren keep hanging out, Lina starts to wonder what is going on. Does she have too much on her plate already? And what will happen when she finds out the truth?
This book just made me so happy and so sad. Some parts are so heartbreaking and I just wanted to give the characters a big hug and some a slap.
I also love Howard as he is a real babe and so wonderful to Lina.
A story of finding your family, friends and possible first love. A story that will make you want to book the next flight to Italy.