One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton | 1 Minute Reviews

One Italian Summer is summertime wrapped up into a lovely heartfelt novel, the perfect thing to be reading poolside or on a plane. If you are looking for a swoonfest with some real heart tugging moments, then I can’t recommend One Italian Summer enough.


Milly and her family are travelling to their regular summer destination of Rome for the first time without their father, returning to his favourite place to spread his ashes. Her family feels disconnected without him, with their mother working all hours available maybe this holiday will allow them to focus on each other?

Rome brings with it family parties, the best food and beautiful Luke, who Milly has always loved from afar. Determined not to let love get the best of her, Milly works to make this summer in Rome a true memory of her father.

I really liked this lovely story. I especially love Milly’s sisters Elyse and Leonie, their personalities leaping off the page. Milly is funny and sweet, trying to keep her head afloat and her eyes off Luke.

There is a point where they return to the hotel their father used to work for which absolutely broke my heart. Somehow this book weighs the lightness and the grief well, never feeling too heavy and painful. This is a great summertime novel about celebrating your family, whether they are with you or gone.

Get it here.

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Thank you to Hot Key Books for sharing this copy with me.

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