• One Italian Summer

  • A Novel
  • By: Rebecca Serle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (3,247 ratings)

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One Italian Summer

By: Rebecca Serle
Narrated by: Lauren Graham
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Publisher's summary


In this “magical trip worth taking” (Associated Press), the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, 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, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right 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—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

“Rebecca Serle is known for her powerful stories that tug at the heartstrings—and her latest is just as unforgettable” (Woman’s World) as it effortlessly shows us how to move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

©2022 Rebecca Serle. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Editor's Pick

This casting is absolute perfection
I don't think many authors could pull off what Rebecca Serle does, time and time again. She delivers us hyper-realistic characters and then inserts, seamlessly, a hint of the supernatural. And I'm not talking wizards or vampires—but a glimpse into the future, a brush with the past, the kind of encounter that feels just on the edge of possible and gives us hope that magic could touch even our ordinary lives. There's always a little something weird going on, but her stories are so grounded in both the greatness and terribleness of loving other people that you just absorb it. In One Italian Summer we meet Katie, reeling from the loss of her mother and mired in a grief so profound and intense that listening made me feel claustrophobic. She then decides impulsively, leaving her husband behind, to take the long-planned mother-daughter trip (now without her mom) to Italy, only to encounter her mother in the flesh, but a younger version by 30 years. My summary can't do it justice, but Lauren Graham's performance certainly does. Anyone who was a Gilmore Girls fan will get the genius of this casting immediately. In Graham's frank and honest rendition, the potency of a deep and cherished mother-daughter relationship burns bright against the lush Italian backdrop. —Emily C.., Audible Editor