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One Italian Summer: the instant New York Times bestseller

Rebecca Serle

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An unexpected love story from the bestselling author of In Five Years

The heartbreaking new novel from the author of the international bestseller In Five Years

When Katy's mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn't just Katy's mum, 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, the mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer 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, healthy and sun-tanned... and thirty years old. Katy doesn't understand what is happening, or how - all she can focus on is that somehow, impossibly, she has her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman who came before.

But can we ever truly know our parents? 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 daughter. With her signature 'heartbreaking and poignant' (Glamour) prose, Serle has crafted a transcendent novel about how we move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.


'Smart, emotional, intriguing and compelling - I loved it!' JILL MANSELL

'Full of twists and turns, this is a heart-breaking yet uplifting story about love and friendship, and is one of this year's must-reads' HEAT MAGAZINE 5*

'What a clever, beautiful, special book. The writing is stunning, the concept is so original - it just has everything going for it. I loved every page!' BETH O'LEARY

'Heartbreaking and poignant' GLAMOUR

'I loved In Five Years. A beautiful, intelligent story about friendships and love' CLARE MACKINTOSH

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Praise for One Italian Summer: the instant New York Times bestseller

  • I loved In Five Years but with One Italian Summer Rebecca has truly excelled herself. An extraordinary, beautiful, magical book. (And now I NEED to visit Positano...) - JILL MANSELL, author of SHOULD I TELL YOU?

  • Breathtakingly original and heartbreakingly emotional, One Italian Summer is a tearjerker of a masterpiece that combines family, romance, and feeling lost, found and hopeful, set against the hauntingly evocative backdrop of one of the most beautiful places on earth. I was floored by it - LAURA JANE WILLIAMS, author of THE LUCKY ESCAPE

  • One Italian Summer is a feast for the senses. Serle is the queen of taking a truly original idea and breathing life and heart into every corner of it. I couldn't love her books more - LAURA PEARSON, author of I WANTED YOU TO KNOW

  • One Italian Summer is the perfect escapist read. Compelling, moving and masterfully told - LAURA KAY, author of THE SPLIT

  • Rebecca Serle is a maestro of love in all its forms - Gabrielle Zevin, author of YOUNG JANE YOUNG

  • Honestly what a book - she's so bloody clever - sparing with words but able to write with real poetry. The whole book was so vivid and gorgeous and I am SO HERE for women's fiction that surprises - which this did in spades. Loved it and would read anything she ever writes - CESCA MAJOR, author of THE LAST NIGHT

  • Startlingly fresh and utterly compelling, One Italian Summer is a spellbinding story of love, loss and hope, so beautifully depicted I felt I lived and breathed every word of Katy's journey along with her. It's extraordinary storytelling - a book with magic on every page - HOLLY MILLER, author of THE SIGHT OF YOU

  • Rebecca Serle has crafted a beautiful love story which shows her character's grief slowly ebbing away and being replaced by something new - iPaper

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Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between NYC and LA. Serle most recently co-developed the television adaptation of her YA series FAMOUS IN LOVE for Freeform and Warner Brothers Television. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her bestselling US debut adult novel DINNER LIST was a Book of the Month club pick, Costco bookclub pick, and Bustle Bookclub selection.

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