Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Women in Sunlight

Frances Mayes

Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.

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By the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, and written with Frances Mayes’s trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship, Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.

She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can’t help but question: will they find what they came for?

Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women—Julia, Camille, and Susan—all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten—and with drastic and unforeseeable results.

Advance Galley Reviews

I was interested in the premise, but I just couldn't get into this book. I think it moved a bit slow for my taste. I read the first fifty pages and felt like I didn't really know the characters, nor did I care about them enough to continue reading. I also wasn't a huge fan of narrator from the first chapter, I didn't like the conceit of her being a writer and watching the four women. It fell a bit flat for me.

The story began a little slow, but got a little better as the story went on. It is very similar to the book Under the Tuscan Sun. It was a very entertaining story about there older women venturing places in Italy. A good book to take during a vacation.

Women In Sunlight by Frances Mayes takes place in Italy. The descriptions of the villas and the food makes me want to travel back to Italy. Three older women meet at a retirement home in the United States. Instead of moving to the retirement home, they decide to rent a villa in Italy. During their time there they get a fresh beginning to explore their interests like gardening, art, and cooking. Their neighbor in Italy is a younger woman who is a poet and is the narrator of this story. It reminded me a lot of Under the Tuscan Sun. It was enjoyable and I felt like I was on a vacation while reading it. The book will be released on April 3rd. I received this from First to Read in return for my honest review.

This is a story of three single women of a certain age who meet at an open house at an independent living facility for seniors. They begin talking and decide they really aren’t ready for this particular chapter in their life. They also take a liking to each other and decide to go to Italy together instead. There were elements to the story that I enjoyed, but it seemed more like a travel book than a novel. You will travel with the women to different places in Italy, meet many people with whom they share food, wine and friendship, all of which are described in very lengthy detail. If you are a fan of Hallmark movies, you will enjoy this book. I am a fan of Frances Mayes and have enjoyed several of her other books. This was not my favorite.

I really did like the story line. But, the beginning was too rambling. It was hard to catch what and where the story is going. The story of Margaret was distracting. I feel it would have been better to have the story of Camille, Susan and Julia running along side Kit's story and have the stories converge when they all meet rather than the rambling beginning. But know I will suggest this book to friends.


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