• One Italian Summer

  • A Novel
  • By: Rebecca Serle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (2,050 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

“[A] magical trip worth taking.” Associated Press 

“Rebecca Serle is a maestro of love in all its forms.” —Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author 

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’s next great love story is here, and this time it’s between a mother and a daughter. With her signature “heartbreaking, redemptive, and authentic” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.

©2022 Rebecca Serle. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Editor's Pick

This casting is absolute perfection
I don't think many authors could pull off what Rebecca Serle does, time and time again. She delivers us hyper-realistic characters and then inserts, seamlessly, a hint of the supernatural. And I'm not talking wizards or vampires—but a glimpse into the future, a brush with the past, the kind of encounter that feels just on the edge of possible and gives us hope that magic could touch even our ordinary lives. There's always a little something weird going on, but her stories are so grounded in both the greatness and terribleness of loving other people that you just absorb it. In One Italian Summer we meet Katie, reeling from the loss of her mother and mired in a grief so profound and intense that listening made me feel claustrophobic. She then decides impulsively, leaving her husband behind, to take the long-planned mother-daughter trip (now without her mom) to Italy, only to encounter her mother in the flesh, but a younger version by 30 years. My summary can't do it justice, but Lauren Graham's performance certainly does. Anyone who was a Gilmore Girls fan will get the genius of this casting immediately. In Graham's frank and honest rendition, the potency of a deep and cherished mother-daughter relationship burns bright against the lush Italian backdrop. —Emily C.., Audible Editor

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Not the best

The story had potential but there were a lot of flaws in the structure. I feel bad saying this but the narrator was horrible. I had to force myself to listen. If I hadn’t spent money on this I would have given up.

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Great story, awful narrator

I loved this book so much - Italy in the summer, local landmarks in LA where I live, a daughter who lost her mother too early. The narrator, however, was awful. I had to stop listening and buy the kindle book because the tone was so flat, had an odd pace to it and was overall very distracting. I know Lauren Graham is beloved by many but audiobook narrator is not one of her talents.

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Terrible Narration

I love Lauren Graham in the Gillmore Girls, but I could not listen to her read this book. Everything was so flat and the exact same pace. It was really distracting for me. I listened to an hour and then had to return it. I was not invested in the story either - I just wasn't invested in the main character.

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Just God awful

OKAY Audible fire your editor. Because if this is an editor's pick then that editor has no taste. the plot is stupid...the romance is ridiculous. The performance is lousy...can't they pay someone who knows how to read? I just don't trust anyone on this web page. their reading taste is dreadful Do they even know how to read?

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I wish I could give the narrator zero stars

I was so excited to start One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle .. I loved the cover and how bad could be a story that takes place in Italy .. I had big hopes to get lost in this story. Well sadly I was disappointed.

Katy’s life is turn upside down once her mother Carol passes after a long battle with cancer. Carol was just not Katy’s mother - she was her best friend, her confidant, the first person she called in, she was the person that decorated her house, cook for her and the person that was going to spend a week in the magical town of Positano. Katy is also married a man that adores her .. Eric, but she was not sure she wanted to be married to him any more so with airline tickets in hand, hotel arrangements made; Katy packs her suitcase and goes to Italy .. sans husband.

Once arrived at her destination on the Amalfi Coast, something feels strange, spiritual and in the hotel lobby there stands her 30-year-old mother. Here is Katy’s change to get to know her mother youthful self. Also staying at Katy’s hotel is a young man by the name Alex .. I young man that peaks Katy’s interest.

Between meeting her younger mother, Alex, the beautiful Amalfi Coast with its stunning views of ocean and cliffs, charming residents, and let’s not forget all the mouthwatering food, Katy feels herself coming back to life feeling more like herself.

I know I make it sound like such a great story - a story about a mother and daughter, of grief and loss, heartbreak and forgiveness. The main protagonist Katy must be one of the most obnoxious self-absorbed characters in any book I have read .. her obsession with her mother was odd, that she was the love of her life; it almost come across as if they were lovers. Truthfully, I am not sure why I even finished it. She cheats on her husband and this whole obsession with 30-year-old Carol is nothing more than an outer body moment in time.

This novel gets the 2 ½ stars for Rebecca Serle wonderful descriptions of the stunning views of the Amalfi Coast, the town and food being eaten. It makes me want to pack my bags and leave for Italy.

I have always thought a narrator can make or break a novel .. well this novel was narrated by Lauren Graham and she gets ZERO stars for her narration .. she was horrible - it was the longest 6 hours and 21-minute audiobook.

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Meh

This is a very vanilla book, very bland. Books that time travel are easy to write but very unintentional to the reader. 2 stars are generous on this one. Narrator did a good job reading.

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So good!

Wow! I really enjoyed this book! Having Lauren Graham as the narrator was the best! Feel like I just went to Italy. I highly recommend!

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Quick Read

I thought the book was good. I laughed out loud several times and I loved that Lauren Graham was the narrator. I was expecting more I guess and I could’ve done without the love affair. The story concept was interesting too. I like In Five Years better though.

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A beautiful summer read

Absolutely loved this book. A sweet touching story about a love between a daughter and her mother.

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Wonderful!

Loved every word and the picture it painted of this place and the beautiful relationships❤️

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