Under the Italian Sun, Sue Moorcroft
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Romance, Women’s Fiction
Sigh… Usual moan, women’s fiction. 2021. not 1821. Men read and write romance. They probably did back then too!
Anyway, Sue Moorcroft, fantastic author, writes books with multi layered plots, realistic folk and situations and depth. I love all that and this story was a real treat.
I could feel poor Zia’s heartbreak and I was so angry at her ex. Sadly the way he looks at his cheating isn’t uncommon and I was glad Zia stuck to her guns. Cheating isn’t acceptable, and he needed to e sorry, not to make excuses.
So she and bff delve off to Italy on a quest to find out more about Zia’s past. She finds family there but her search isn’t without problems, and of course the people she’s staying with also have problems. Zia by now has made friends with them and helps out, and helping them helps her, gives her somewhere to stay and more time to decide what to do. Of course staying is also a factor in her fledgling relationship with the Delicious Piero, who also has issues with his family, and his fathers scheming girlfriend.
All these threads, problems make for such interesting reading, taking me down trails I didn’t image but thoroughly enjoyed. I was shocked at the initial Vicky/Tori revelations, but they were just the start, there was lots more surprises to come.
I loved Harry and the descriptions of his time with Vicky, a real 70’s feel about that, and I can imagine how Vicky’s somewhat staid and conservative parents felt. They were very much like my own parents – when I told them I was pregnant mum’s reaction was “ Oh no! What will the neighbours think?” and rushed to bed….Pretty average reaction for mid seventies. At one point in early 8-‘s my sister in law and I toyed with the idea of renting a large house between us and combining both families, very much as Harry and Vicky did.
Stars: Five, Another fabulous read from Sue, taking the reading out of this day to day dull and into sunny Italy with a delicious romance too
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers