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One Italian Summer

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A good story with great descriptions of beautiful Italian islands. When Lily and friends are on the Italian island for a wedding it gives her a chance to think about realising a dream of a new direction in life in more ways than she expects.
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This was a lovely summer read which made me want to go to Italy!  Wonderful story of friendship with a glorious setting and the most amazing descriptions of the food and wine!  Really enjoyable.
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Wow, what a good read!  It had me searching the Internet for holidays to Ischia and setting up a savings pot to transport me to this paradise!  Hope there is a sequel to find out what Lily does next.   Fabulous summer read!
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Thank you to NetGallery and the Publisher for a copy of this book.

This book is a great summer read which really makes you want to head to the island of Ischia, Italy. 
It's a light-hearted story about a group of 5 30-something friends, two of whom are getting married to each other on the idyllic island, who turn it into a week-long holiday to spend some well-needed time together. 

The book mainly focuses on Lily and is written in the third person. Just before Lily heads out on the holiday she ends her long-term relationship and her time on the island turns into her trying to discover what she wants to do with her life.

The book paints a wonderful picture of the Italian island and all the great things about Italy, including the people, food, and wine. It's an easy read with relatable characters. This book will have you googling trips to Italy by the end of it!
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Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group for this ARC. 

This book is a perfect summer read -  full. of friendship, escapism and light heartedness.

Catherine Mangan painted a vivid image of both life in New York, the beautiful scenery of Italy and most importantly, the island of Ischia. 

One Italian Summer is a must read for this summer.
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I really enjoyed this book. After her break up with Peter in New York, heavily in debt, Lily escapes to her friends wedding on a little known island called Ischia. She strikes up a friendship with Matt who takes her on boat trips and to restaurants whilst she is maid of honour to her 2 gay best friends who are getting married. 

Nice lighthearted story, a great summer read.
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Gorgeous Italian summer beach romance 5/5


Escape to Italy this summer and fall in love with the perfect holiday romance!

When Lily's long-term relationship ends, she flees her life in New York to travel to her best friend's wedding on the sun-drenched Italian island of Ischia - but could there be more to the secluded island than she ever imagined?

Ten days with nothing but sparkling seas, breath-taking beaches and delicious food sounds like the perfect cure for a broken heart. And Lily can hardly believe she'd never heard of Ischia before now. But Lily's blissful break is short-lived as she discovers not only has she lost her boyfriend, she's also lost her job.

As Lily searches for inspiration, she connects with local Matt, who shows her the magic the beautiful Italian island has to offer, and quickly inspiration strikes: Ischia needs more tourists and Lily knows just how to help.

As Ischia slowly heals Lily's heart, will she in turn inject new life into the island? And will local Matt offer the possibility of a future she'd never dreamed of?

A glorious and uplifting escapist novel set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian coast. The perfect holiday read for fans of Rosanna Ley, Jo Thomas and Karen Swan
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Gorgeous Italian Love Story 

Escape to Italy this summer and fall in love with the perfect holiday romance!

When Lily's long-term relationship ends, she flees her life in New York to travel to her best friend's wedding on the sun-drenched Italian island of Ischia - but could there be more to the secluded island than she ever imagined?

Ten days with nothing but sparkling seas, breath-taking beaches and delicious food sounds like the perfect cure for a broken heart. And Lily can hardly believe she'd never heard of Ischia before now. But Lily's blissful break is short-lived as she discovers not only has she lost her boyfriend, she's also lost her job.

As Lily searches for inspiration, she connects with local Matt, who shows her the magic the beautiful Italian island has to offer, and quickly inspiration strikes: Ischia needs more tourists and Lily knows just how to help.

As Ischia slowly heals Lily's heart, will she in turn inject new life into the island? And will local Matt offer the possibility of a future she'd never dreamed of?
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Reading ‘One Italian Summer’ really transported me on a relaxing adventure along with Lily and her friends. The island of Ischia is not one I had heard about which worked well with the storyline. I’ve found myself looking up the island to see it’s location and would certainly consider a holiday there myself. The story follows Lily’s fall out from her partner and the following trip to Italy for her friends wedding. The friendships and conversations felt really natural and the whole holiday seemed like an luxurious treat that I could only aspire to. Lily’s interest in Matt developed slowly and didn’t take away from the rest of the story.
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This was a DNF for me. Sadly I only got to 15% before I gave up on it, purely because the characters were so unlikeable. Our heroine dumps her boyfriend by blaming him for not wanting kids and not telling her, and yelling at him for this, yet he had told her and in the perfect way for the stage in the relationship they were at, and without any way she could misinterpret it, yet she thought she could change his mind so stayed with him, then acted like a shrieking banshee when she realised he was serious. Then we have the soon to be newlyweds, of which 1 was nice, but the other was horrific, to the point you felt like it was an abusive relationship yet wasn’t meant to read like one. I really didn’t enjoy it so DNF
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This lighthearted journey between 5 friends and an amazing Italian summer wedding was beautiful to read. The vivid imagery written by the author made it easy to place oneself into the Ischia island. 
Lily's series of unfortunate events lead her to finding herself in Italy and although the hints of romance were great, I found it to be a story of self rediscovery and starting on a new path as a previously established woman. 
This is a really lighthearted summer read perfect for a a variety of people. I personally gave this 3.5 ⭐️ as I found there was something missing for me, and I found in a few parts I found myself skimming.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
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Escape to Italy this summer and fall in love with the perfect holiday romance! This phenomenal story will touch your heart in so many ways… an amazing escape that you are sure to cherish long after you finish reading… I absolutely loved this!
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Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC.  

This is such a beautifully written book which I enjoyed.    I thought it started off quite slowly although it started to pick up more when everyone arrived on the island of Ischia.   The island setting and scenes were so wonderfully descriptive I could picture everything in my mind.   The main character Lily was quite likeable, as were the other characters who are all on the island to attend a wedding.  Add in some drama, a possible romance, an unexpected visit from someone and you’ve got the perfect holiday read and a few hours of escapism.   The best part of the story for me was its setting and what made it a good read.  If you’re going on holiday and like to read I think this would be the perfect book to take.
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A very enjoyable book. It took me a bit of effort to get into the first chapter but I was very glad I did as it developed into an entertaining read set in a lovely location. A good story underpinning the book and excellent descriptions of the food but I have to say that the ladies were very lucky to survive with their livers intact. Well worth reading.
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"One Italian Summer" should succeed in drawing many more tourists to Ischia as the island is described so lovingly.  The story centres  around a group of rather entitled friends, two of whom are getting married in a luxury resort on said island.  Other than the brides the ladies are at different stages in relationships.  The featured member of the party is Lily Ryan, an Irish woman working in New York, and of an age where she might be looking to settle down and start a family.  The group experience visits to different parts of the island and have many memorable meals, and a lot of drink.  The people they meet are generally glamorous, good-looking and friendly so, in general, a good time is had by all.  Of course there are some issues and events to add drama but essentially this is a feel-good read.  It is not realistic for most of us, but aspirational.

Thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for the opportunity to review this book.
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Amazing beautiful story . A story of friendship of 5 woman. Set in New York then a beautiful Italian Island Ischia. The wine and food descriptions were amazing and a lovely ending and a perfect wedding.
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