One Italian Summer (Large Print / Paperback)

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"Tired of the cold and ankle deep snow and ice? So how does spending two weeks in sunny warm Positano, Italy sound about now? Well One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle is your ticket to the Amalfi Coast. So pour yourself a nice glass of wine and settle into this transient novel of love and loss and slip into the mystical, almost verging on mysterious, happening. Katy’s mother Carol has passed away leaving Katy a total mess. Katy decides to go to Positano alone to fulfill the trip that she and Carol had long planned. There she is astonished to see her mother. However, Carol is now 30 years younger and full of life,love, and excitement. Katy’s stay at Positano teaches her how to grow up and and pick up the pieces of her life. It is then that she realizes that love and loss, even a deep loss, will not define her because the people we love most are the ones  we carry them with us forever."--Reviewed by Penny

March 2022 Indie Next List

One Italian Summer is pure magic. Rebecca Serle marvelously creates a literary world that feels full and alive, like I can catch a flight with Katy and experience Italy alongside her. This treasure of a book is sure to delight readers.”
— Kaitlin Smith, Copperfield's Books Healdsburg, Healdsburg, CA



In this "magical trip worth taking" (Associated Press), the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

When Katy's mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn't just Katy's mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy's father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.

But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother's spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life.

And then Carol appears--in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn't understand what is happening, or how--all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

"Rebecca Serle is known for her powerful stories that tug at the heartstrings--and her latest is just as unforgettable" (Woman's World) as it effortlessly shows us how to move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

About the Author

Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of One Italian Summer, In Five Years, The Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same name. She is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at

Product Details
ISBN: 9798885787277
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2023
Pages: 359
Language: English