Skip to main content

Tuscan Holiday by Holly Chamberlin

Okay, I confess: I bought Tuscan Holiday on a whim during a Barnes & Noble visit when I couldn't find anything even slightly tempting to buy. That was in September, and I finally opened the book on Friday evening. And then I couldn't stop reading once I started! I read the book cover-to-cover when I should have been sleeping, as I definitely felt on Saturday when Maya wakened at 4 a.m. I absolutely love this charming, insightful book about a life-altering trip, having the courage to make decisions, and the mother/daughter relationship.

I don't want to say too much about the story because I want you to read this book for yourself!

Elizabeth Caldwell, never-married mother to Marina, purchased two tickets to Florence as a college graduation present for her daughter. Needless to say, Marina was more than a little disappointed to learn the second ticket was meant for Elizabeth and not Marina's fiance. Regardless, the mother and daughter do head to lovely Tuscany together.

Like with many mothers and daughters, Elizabeth and Marina are very different people, and their relationship is full of miscommunication and "I would do things so differently" judgments about each other's past and present decisions. During their Italian sojourn, though, they form a bond and a kind of appreciation and understanding of one another (and themselves, actually) that will last for the rest of their lives, regardless of what paths they each choose to follow.

And I'm hoping Chamberlin writes a sequel to outline where, exactly, Marina's life heads after this book ends. For now, though, since this is the first book I've read by her, I'm content to explore more of Chamberlin's existing works.

On a standard A to F grading scale, my personal opinion of Tuscan Holiday is an A-.


Popular posts from this blog

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?