Women in Sunlight

Women in Sunlight

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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By the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun , and written with Frances Mayes's trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship, Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.

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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Crown/Archetype, 2018
ISBN: 9780451497680
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 21, 2018

It took several chapters till the ladies got settled in San Rocco but was a fabulous story, I am rereading the 1st chapters as they make more sense once I know the characters.

Aug 13, 2018

Three North Carolina women—Susan, Julia and Camille—meet at a retirement community orientation and become friends, taking the bold step to instead rent a house in Tuscany.

Love, loss, friendship, the risk of new experiences as one grows older are all explored in Mayes’ fine style. A little predicable, but a good summer read. Lots of food and wine enjoyed—a highlight for the foodie in me.

Jun 28, 2018

Although this story was a sunny break from the usual mysteries that I enjoy, by the time that I reached the end I had rolled my eyes more than once. It seemed that the author was playing into many women's daydreams: new environment, great food, great shopping, and the money needed for said shopping, great friends, wonderful men that adore them but don't tie them down and every problem solved by the end. Real life I wish but not by a long shot. By the time that I had finished the book I felt like I had read a fairy tale with no depth.

May 30, 2018

Sorry - just far too long to hold my interest.

Apr 30, 2018

I was so disappointed in this book! It was just so extremely boring that after several chapters, I just gave up on trying to wade through it!

Mar 17, 2018

Very rarely do I reach the end of a novel and wish it would go on for hundreds of pages. Frances Mayes, the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, captures the imagination of the reader through exquisite language and with obvious love to describe the landscape, the history, the food, the wines, the architecture and the people of Tuscany. This is the story of three American older single women, Camille, Julia and Susan. They are in the process of assessing retirement communities in the US when, on a whim, they lease a villa in Tuscany for a year and move in together. They become friends with Kit, also an American expat, who happens to be their neighbor. The four women, while getting acquainted and becoming good friends, encourage each other to make the best of what Tuscany can teach them. The year will prove to be life-changing for all of them. By the end of the book, you will be in love with Tuscany and see it through the eyes of Kit, Camille, Julia and Susan. What a joy this book is. Women in Sunlight is a treasure to be re-read more than once and savoured over and over again.

debwalker Mar 15, 2018

Reinvention in Tuscany.....good place for it.


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