Italy seems to be a favourite setting for books this year – ah, wouldn’t that just be lovely! Since that’s not going to be a reality for most people in the near future, let Sue Moorcroft whisk you off there instead in her lovely new book.
For Zia, it’s not simply a holiday which takes her to Italy. She has discovered that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was and that she may have family links to the town of Montelibertà in the Umbria region. Along with her friend Ursula, she travels there for an extended stay to try to discover who her Italian family might be. As she starts to uncover long buried family secrets, she also finds herself increasingly attracted to gorgeous vineyard owner Piero and becomes involved in his family’s quest to hold onto their vineyard and homes.
One thing Sue Moorcroft is brilliant at is bringing her settings vividly to life. I could picture the views over the beautiful Umbrian countryside, imagine the rosemary scented evenings, almost believe I could feel the heat of the sun on my shoulders and how I would love to have a crisp, cool glass of the Orvieto Classico wine produced by Piero’s family vineyard. Along with the heat of the Italian sun, there is the heat between Zia and Piero and that attraction is something else which Sue writes about so convincingly.
Another aspect of this story which I really appreciated was the mystery running through the heart of the book. As I said, Zia had discovered that her mother wasn’t who she thought and her quest to find out more about her real parents really added an extra layer of enjoyment to the book for me. There are several people who would be affected by what Zia finds out and I liked that she was mindful of this and cautious about how she went about her enquiries.
As always, this isn’t just a light-hearted romance and the author doesn’t shy away from bringing serious topics into her books. In this case there are mental health issues and loss, as well as manipulative and spiteful ex-partners doing their best to cause problems. However, as always Sue Moorcroft writes about these issues with sensitivity and insight and you can tell she has really done her research to do justice to the topics.
Under The Italian Sun is another wonderful piece of escapist writing from Sue Moorcroft. Get yourself a chilled glass of white wine and imagine yourself overlooking a beautiful vineyard in the heat. At times an emotional read, this is an engaging and lively book, ideal for your summer reading list.
From the back of the book
The #1 bestseller is back with an uplifting, escapist read that will brighten the gloomiest day!
A warm, sun-baked terrace.
The rustle of verdant green vines.
The sun slowly dipping behind the Umbrian mountains.
And the chink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…
Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.
When Zia discovers that her mother wasn’t who she thought she was, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.
However, as she delves into the secrets of her past, she doesn’t bargain on having to think about her future too. But with local vineyard owner, Piero, living next door, Zia knows she has a serious distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…
This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?
About the Author
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached the #1 spot on Kindle UK. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Published by HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers around the world.
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