Thursday 13 May 2021

Book Review: Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft book cover

AD* | A warm, sun-baked terrace.

The rustle of verdant green vines.

The sun slowly dipping behind the Umbrian mountains.

And the chink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped...

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When Zia discovers that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.

However, as she delves into the secrets of her past, she doesn’t bargain on having to think about her future too. But with local vineyard owner, Piero, living next door, Zia knows she has a serious distraction who may prove difficult to ignore...

This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?

Warm and inviting, Under the Italian Sun offers a welcome sun-drenched stroll through the gorgeous Umbrian countryside. 

The book follows main character Zia as she embarks on a journey across Europe to find her long-lost family. Struggling with her identity and looking for answers, Zia and her best friend Ursula find themselves checking into an Italian holiday rental overlooking a beautiful vineyard. With Zia's past and future uncertain, it isn't long before she finds herself torn between her home in Brighton and her newfound love for Italy. 

Piero owns his dream home, right next to the holiday lets where Zia and Ursula are staying. Despite his preoccupations with problems of his own, it isn't long before the sparks start to fly between Piero and Zia. The connection between the two is strong right from the very start, leading to an enjoyable romance filled with butterflies and intense feelings. It feels natural and is a joy to read.

Of course, though, the romance is just one part of the book. Zia's quest for answers is also a key storyline, adding mystery and suspense to the plot. Learning about Zia's family is intriguing and it's impossible not to find yourself willing her to succeed! 

Under the Italian Sun is a sizzling romance, ideal for reading by the pool on a summer getaway - or equally for helping you escape to warmer climes from the comfort of your sofa! 

Rating: 3 stars

Under the Italian Sun is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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