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TUSCAN HOLIDAY
HOLLY CHAMBERLIN
ISBN#: 978-0-7582-1403-4
September 2008
Kensington Books
850 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
Trade Paperback
$14.00
368 Pages
Contemporary
Rating: 4 cups

At forty-two, Elizabeth is a single mother who has never walked down the aisle. never married and has a daughter. She is in a long-term relationship with Rob who would like to get married, but he never pressures her.

Marina is Elizabeth’s twenty-one year old daughter, and as different from her mother as it is possible to be. She has had the same boyfriend since she was fifteen, went to the same college, and is now planning to marry him in the near future. Somehow she feels that despite her careful plannung, she has lost control of her life. She hopes this unwanted trip to Italy with her mother will help her take the reins again.

As a graduation present, Elizabeth takes her daughter to Florence hoping to reconnect with her mystery of a daughter. She worries Marina is obsessed with her overbearing fiancé, Jotham. Marina, who at first is annoyed with her mother, soon finds her wild side in Italy and Elizabeth takes the time to really get to know herself.

This is a wonderful story with a magical setting. This mother and daughter really grow during the course of the story. For all her concrete plans about her future, Marina is really just a little girl. Elizabeth is afraid of marriage to her lover Rob and of losing her daughter to the obnoxious Jotham. Her parents helped her raise her fatherless child, but her mother often overstepped her bounds as Elizabeth finds out on the trip. I love the setting, perfect for new beginnings and self revelation and the meals they consumed made me hungry, great descriptions there. I was a little puzzled by the quotes from facetious self-help books and snarky advice columnists; they were funny but not always pertinent. I enjoyed watching Marina grow from a spoiled, self-important, but obedient child to an independent woman, and Elizabeth’s acceptance of her past mistakes and resolution to move forward into her future.

Maura
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