Women in Sunlight

Women in Sunlight

by Frances Mayes

Overview: 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.

Faith Bowers (06/11/18): What is not to like in a story about Italy, friendships of mature women, food art and love.The writing is good and she uses new words for me so it is not a simple read but well described. The characters are pretty well developed and you get her love of Italy. The newly single women get a second chance in Italy and we read about their blossoming with out the marriages of decades. There are enough twists to keep you reading and wanting more.
Rating: ***

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