Linda got a new book and a may have buried myself in it for a few days. Or rather until I finished it. Cover to cover and I did not want to put it down. Truth be told I have not done a book review since my first year of blogging and I don’t know why. I adore reading, actually i love reading, So why I haven’t shared my love of books is a bit of a curiousity. Never mind, lets flash forward to today and The Temptation of Gracie. Full disclosure I was sent a copy of the book to read with no expectation that I had to do anything other than read it. This review is of my own accord simply because I enjoyed it and have already passed it on to a friend to read.
When you Know a Book is Great
Reading a book always brings me great pleasure, Know what makes me even happier? When I recommend that book to a friend. The true worth of a book is always in the referrals. Was it good enough to recommend? That matters because recommending a book to someone is a window into you.
A book you love speaks to a person, it shows them your taste. It even provides them a small glimpse into what makes you, YOU. The Temptation of Gracie as a book I passed on. Providing a glimpse into my taste and who I am.
The Temptation of Gracie
An unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, set in the enchanting backdrop of Italy—from internationally bestselling author Santa Montefiore, whose books have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.
The cover provides a brief description:
Love may be lost, but it’s not gone forever.
When Gracie Burton stumbles upon a weeklong cooking course at Castello Montefosco, a castle in the sun-kissed Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist the opportunity to revisit the past she left behind in Italy. Since her husband’s death eight years earlier, Gracie has grown apart from her daughter, Carina, a high-powered businesswoman in London and her granddaughter, Anastasia, who would rather spend her time on her phone than with her family, but both women decide to join her. Little do they know that a lifetime of secrets await them in Italy.
Over the course of the week, Gracie reveals the truth about what has drawn her back to the castle and its owner, the mysterious Count Bassanelli. Carina and Anastasia are shocked to discover that Gracie spent fifteen years in Italy as an apprentice to her uncle, a renowned art restorer and collector. While there, she fell madly in love. Now, forty-one years later, she has returned in hopes of righting past wrongs. With the help of Mamma Bernadetta’s magical recipes and the kindness of her fellow guests, Gracie reconnects with her family and together, all three women learn that love once lost, is not gone forever.
The Temptation of Gracie is a poignant, timeless tale of grand romance, a story of women through the generations, and a reminder that it’s never too late to love.
My Review of The Temptation of Gracie
Now full disclaimer once I got into this book, I loved it. The only drawback to me was an over use of colourful adjectives. That is a personal preference and did not distract from the story. It did take me a few chapters to get use to the prose. Once I did I embraced the writing style then I truly got into the story.
The book is described as a “poignant, timeless tale of grand romance, a story of women through the generations, and a reminder that it’s never too late to love.”. For me, the story was about women discovering who they are and what they are made of. It is a story about connecting with each other. A reminder that regardless of age, we all share a commonality. Mothers and daughters connecting and es even re-connecting.
A deep love story runs throughout the story. But the true power of this book was the relationship between the three generations of women. Grab a glass of wine and a light snack. Curl up with a cozy blanket and let Santa Montefiore take you to a different time and place. For me this book was a lesson in not judging anyone by what we see. Remember that we were all young once. We lived our life’s and discovered our passions. And deep within we are all still the same person we were when we were young.