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Our Italian Summer

By: Jennifer Probst
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell,Holly Linneman,Suzanne Toren
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Publisher's Summary

Three generations of women in the Ferrari family must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy from New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst.

Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother's wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. She just never expected to face a choice that might change the course of her life....

Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love.

Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it's too late.

©2021 Jennifer Probst (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“In Our Italian Summer, Jennifer Probst captures the essence of Italy and celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters. With food worthy of an Italian grandmother’s kitchen and descriptions to make the Travel Channel jealous, you’ll want to join the Ferrari women on their unforgettable journey." (Amy E. Reichert)

Our Italian Summer beautifully navigates the complicated relationships between families in a heartfelt manner in this multigenerational novel set against the splendid backdrop of Italy in all of her glory. Jennifer Probst whisks readers away on an unforgettable journey. The perfect novel to satisfy your wanderlust!” (New York Times best-selling author Chanel Cleeton) 

“Filled with family drama amidst a lush setting, plus a touch of romance, Our Italian Summer will provide a delicious escape for readers.” (Booklist

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Couldn't finish

My first review after over 250 books. Couldn't finish. Sounded like a fun escape since I live in Italy most of the time. However - one dimensional characters, horrific stereotypes, terrible narration, and the worst Italian accents in any book I've listened to. Save yourself a credit. Just don't. It's been done better by so many other writers.

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  • 06-01-22

Started out great then went downhill

I wanted to love this one all the way to the end. I was intrigued up until the last 5 chapters. The ending made me constantly roll my eyes as it took a brining turn.
It got very boring when they introduced the love scenes with strangers whom they met on an Italian tour. What are the odds of going on a family trip and all three find love overseas that won’t last. Especially with who the love interests were. So unrealistic. I don’t think I’d recommend this story.

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A little slow at first, but the story improves and the descriptions make it real!

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Get ready for the perfect trip!

I’m not one that writes many reviews but I had to take a minute to write this one.
The Italian Summer will take you from the highs of a teenage girl trying to find herself to an absentee mother who thinks she doing the best she can. Then the grandmother who sees the problems with her girls and knows it need to be fixed. Toss in first time love for both mother and daughter along with the grandmother who gets the trip she always wanted and you have the best story ever.

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it was a funny, cute story, relatable . there could be a part two

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Love of Italy

I love Italy. I knew the places that were mentioned, so this brought the story totally alive.
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Unless you’re under 17 years old choose another book

This book was written with such good intentions but it was so unpleasant to listen to, not because of the actress reading it as she was lovely, it was just so full of needy characters who preach and preach and preach. I would never have finished the book had it not been assigned to me and with all the wonderful books there are to read and time being so precious, perhaps it’s wise to choose a different book.

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Read it

Such a happy book with relatable issues. Enjoy life it all goes too fast. For the love of food & family

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Excellent story

Italy has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Reading/listening to this story of 3 generations of women going on this trip together, reestablishing their family bonds just did it for me. Thank you so much for writing this story, it deeply touched my heart and once I get to Italy I know I’ll be thanking you for inspiring me not to wait much longer.

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A feel good story set in Italy

The voices of Allegra and Frany were a bit rough other than that the story was a great feel good one with a lovely theme v

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  • 02-20-21

Bailed out

Got to chapter 11 and just couldn’t listen any more.
Storyline was very flaky and boring, this has been done really well by other authors.
The voices though were awful. Thin and scratchy. Then they got to Italy and the Italian accents were just too much. I couldn’t take anymore.

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