Since her mother died when Mia was a child, her dad has been her best friend and her idol. Now, the cancer he survived years before is back, and this time there’s no fighting it. To make matters worse her dad’s last request is for Mia to leave him and visit her mother’s family on the Italian island of Ischia so she doesn’t have to be there at the end.
Arriving at the sun-soaked island, Mia is embraced by the warm, crazy family she doesn’t know. While she waits for the phone to ring with the dreaded news, Mia desperately looks for a connection to the mother she never knew. Stumbling upon an antique shop run by the charming Antonio and his grouchy but handsome grandson Salvatore, she throws herself into helping with the shop restoration. As Mia and Salvatore’s bickering soon turns to chemistry, will she risk having her heart broken when she knows what’s waiting for her at home?
I loved this and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Mia’s Italian adventure. I loved getting to know her and her Italian relatives, seeing her hard exterior slowly change as she spent time with them. The banter between her and Salvatore was great fun and felt very real.
It wasn’t all romance and fun though, there was some very poignant moments when Mia was thinking about her Dad back home, as well as early memories of her late mother. Having seen my Dad lose his battle with cancer, I really felt for Mia. I could imagine feeling the exactly same way as she did about leaving him and going to visit a family she didn’t even know.
This is my first book by A.L. Michael but definitely won’t be my last as I loved her writing style and characters. I thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy a romantic but poignant read set on an Italian island. A must read for this summer!
Thanks so much to Elli Pilcher at Canelo for my digital copy via NetGalley.
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