"engaging relationship drama"
Thirty-eight year old divorcee Gemma Jericho works
extremely hard as resident in charge of Bellevue Hospital
Trauma Department as there is never a void of customers.
She also feels like the sandwich generation struggling
between her mom Nonna and her third generation American
Nonna receives a letter from Bella Piacere, the village she
grew up in Italy, but has not been back to in four
decades. The priest informs Nonna that she has inherited
property. Using guilt as a sharp sword, Nonna persuades
her two descendants to come with her to Italy so she can
see her home for the last time and to learn what has been
bequeathed to her.
Though they kind of met in Rome, Gemma and Long Islander
Ben Raphael formally meet in Tuscany. He claims to own the
same villa that the priest insists has been bestowed on
Nonna. Though Gemma and Ben are very attracted to one
another, the villa more than the past failures in
relationships stands in the way of anything permanent.
Fans of relationship dramas will want to read SUMMER IN
TUSCANY as the tale contains strong characters representing
three generations struggling to connect with one another.
The story line is well written though the bias is clearly
pointed towards the fresh rural countryside over the smoggy
urban areas. However, the key that makes the plot succeed
is the rotation of voices, though mostly Gemma, so that the
audience understands what each of the protagonists feel and
thus can discern why relationships are difficult to form
and tougher to maintain.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 2, 2002