Book Review: Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst #theOCBookGirl

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What was your first completed book of 2021? I realize it’s only the 12th of January but considering it’s you all…

Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst is out TODAY (1/12/21) and it is WONDERFUL! Add this contemporary family drama to your TBR if you have always wanted to visit Italy if you think Italian men are sexy, if you’re interested in travel and food and art and if you enjoy books about the dynamics between mothers and daughters.

Thank you Penguin Random House and NetGalley for the review ebook.

Title: Our Italian Summer

Author: Jennifer Probst

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Published: January 12, 2021

Source: Netgalley

My Thoughts:

“And for the first time, I felt seen by my daughter. Woman to woman, standing by our choices and owning our journey, both the good and the bad. My insides relaxed and my breath came lighter into my lungs. Knowing she understood me soothed the previous raw pain and I hugged her extra tight.”

I was pleasantly surprised by and really enjoyed my first read of 2021. It’s the first title I’ve read by this author. It really kept my interest once I got to know the three main characters. Each woman had a very distinct voice and I enjoyed each of their storylines. There were sections between Francesca and Allegra that had me tearing up simply because I can relate to how hard it is to be a mother to a daughter. I wanted to not like Francesca since she starts out as an absentee control freak workaholic mom but throughout the story, she really owns her mistakes. She recognizes how unfair she was to her own mom and how it colored how she raised Allegra.

The romance was very well done and I loved both Enzo and Ian and the roles they played. Lastly, the Italian setting and food descriptions? >Chef’s kiss< | Goodreads


From New York Times, bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new women’s fiction novel featuring three generations of Ferrari women who need to heal the broken pieces of their lives…and one trip of a lifetime through Italy.

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. What she never expected was to be faced with the choice of a lifetime. . . .

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.

About the Author:

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a master’s in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, Italian food, and wine–not necessarily in that order.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also a proud three-time RITA finalist.

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