June 8, 2010

Every Day In Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life
By: Frances Mayes
301 pages

Ever wonder what Tuscany is like year round? Ever wonder what Italians like to do throughout the year? Ever wonder what life is like in Italy? Through this book you will get answers to those questions.

In Under The Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes and her husband buy a villa in Tuscany. Through this book you learn what their life is like in Tuscany throughout a whole year. The author gives you an up close look at Italian life. From the dinners that last hours and hours to the places where Frances and her husband travel to while in Italy, you get to pretned you live in Tuscany. She even includes recipes for some of the meals made there. (One day I will make one of them)

I loved reading about the marathon dinners most of all. I love the idea of friends and family gathering together and having a good time. In Italy it seems to take on a whole different meaning. Wine flows as freely as the laughter, time is forgotten, and everyone meets up at the kitchen table. One of these days I'm going to host this kind of get together.

I also enjoyed how honest and candid the author was about life before and after Tuscany came into it. She tells you about the horrifying incident with a bomb that was placed by the Bramasole gates. She tells you about their friends, too. It doesn't take long before you feel like you're among family eating good food and drinking good wine.

If you love reading about life in other countries, or even living vicariously through some one's life you may want to give Every Day In Tuscany... a try. In this book you can forget about time and just enjoy the life around you. This was an enjoyable read that now has me really wanting to visit Tuscany- or anywhere in Italy!

Rating: Borrow From The Library/Buy It (if in the bargain section)


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on June 9, 2010 at 1:02 AM said...

A lovely review! Italy is so wonderful. If I see this book in a library, I'll borrow it. Perfect for summer.

Jen on June 9, 2010 at 7:56 AM said...

So glad you liked my review. Yeah, I would love to go to Italy, so books and movies are the next best thing for me. Read it with wine handy! Hope all is well with you!

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