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Publisher's Summary

Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance. The three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy. Gemma hopes that a change of scenery will bring back the closeness she used to share with her daughter. And perhaps the challenges of living in a foreign country will give her mother something to worry about beyond Gemma's social life.

But what they encounter in Tuscany is far more distracting than Gemma expected: a crumbling old villa and a town divided. Half the residents believe that Ben Raphael, another American, is the rightful inheritor of the villa. As cultures clash, gossip soars and intrigue unfolds. Gemma is caught up in the most disturbing and delicious trouble she's ever had. And her summer in Tuscany will change her outlook and her life forever.

©2002 Elizabeth Adler; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The audio medium is probably the best way to absorb this collection....Valuable and well-performed." (Publishers Weekly)

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Don't be fooled.

Somehow I was expecting "Under the Tuscan Sun," and instead got a shallow, predictable, cliche-ridden romance novel, read aloud in a grating, irritating voice. I tried to stick with this novel, hoping it would lead somewhere other than down this sorry path, but I finally gave up before the end of Part One; I decided I had better ways to spend my time.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I was fooled

I tried to get through it, put it down and downloaded the second half after several months. What a piece of junk. The reader was extremely irritating, and the plot was ridiculous. It sounded like the author read a few travel books, then churned out this weightless drivel. This is no better than a Harlequin Romance.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith
  • Stephens City, VA, USA
  • 07-13-08

Good beach read..horrible reader

The reader has a grating and irritating voice. Disappointing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amer
  • Saginaw, MI, USA
  • 05-31-05

The greatest thief

"The greatest thief is a terrible book," and this one robbed me blind. I was expecting something, anything, and all I got was a ridiculous waste of a read. Don't bother.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • 06-28-04

Summer in Tuscany (Unabridged)

A delightful 'read'. I swear I could smell the air, taste the food; and now I want to pack my bags, say 'ciao', and head for Tuscany. I delighted in the small comical turns that Gemma encountered; and I think I've met her mother at least once.

Celeste Lawson's reading of this book is graceful and charming. And now I want more Elizabeth Adler books!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Love it.

I love this book! Such a sweet love story. Dreams of ever after love for families and community. Dreamy....

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Trite

Hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote Fortune is a woman, or Property of a Lady or several other meaty good reads. Please write one of those again. They are not even available in audio!

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  • Karen
  • NASHUA, NH, United States
  • 11-10-13

Not Adler's best

If you could sum up Summer in Tuscany in three words, what would they be?

Romantic Italian interlude

Would you recommend Summer in Tuscany to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not because I found the main character hard to like. Gemma pines after her lost love and can't let a new love in, but in a whining manner that is very annoying instead of endearing. The fact that he really was her true love, and a decent, good guy, is not at all apparent until the end of the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, since I thought Gemma was a whiner.