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Bella Tuscany & Under the Tuscan Sun (2 Book Set)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  425 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
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Published April 4th 2000 by Broadway
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Jul 10, 2015 Catsalive rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I have made 2 attempts to read this over the last 9 years - the 2nd one today - & neither was successful. I'm not sure what's putting me off. Is it the tiny text or too much excruciating detail? Something is irritating me. I am unable to get past the first 50 pp. or so I'm giving it away. I've lost interest in other people's new-home-new-country memoirs, anyway.
Betty Cheng
Sep 08, 2008 Betty Cheng rated it liked it
Frances Mayes is a good writer. She has a great sense of detail and the ability to transport you. Since she has undertaken the daunting task of purchasing and restoring an Italian farmhouse with 5 acres while residing for only a portion of the year in Italy, she certainly has a story to tell! Her primary focus is on the restoration, the food, the people and Tuscany (in more or less that order). I've resided in another country as well and reading about her experience aroused my admiration for her ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Alisa rated it did not like it
After reading Under the Tuscan Sun and disliking it so much, I am not sure why I read this book. A friend bought it for me and I felt obligated to read it I guess. The author is one of the worst I have ever read. She writes to hear herself, not for someone else to. Her overly descriptive rambling loses the average reader and bores to no end the avid reader. If all of her books are like this one and Under the Tuscan Sun I would not recommend any of them.
Mar 28, 2008 Shannon rated it really liked it
This book started off pretty good but then slowed a lot for me. I was somewhat surprise by how much I enjoyed hearing the details of her home. It was a fun read but at times a bit slow to the point of me skipping ahead. I really enjoyed the stories of the contractors and all the head aches they caused and her thoughts of the home while back in San Fran.
Sandra Lewis
May 31, 2011 Sandra Lewis rated it it was amazing
I saw the movie with Diane Lane but the book and sequel was much better than the movie. You learned so much about the life in Italy not shown in the movie. I still love the movie a lot tho. But I have found the books that were made into movies are better and go into more detail. It made me want to go to Italy and explore all the wonderful sites there.
sandy lewis
austin texas
Feb 02, 2016 Bobbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember liking the movie but I did not enjoy the book. There was no story or plot or anything. It is a long boring account of her renovating a house that she bought in Italy. I have no interest in such things so found it to be very tedious. She also has some great recipes but that's about it.
Apr 14, 2008 Ellen rated it it was amazing
love these books, the recipes, the whole idea of living in Italy!
Sep 10, 2012 Cathi rated it really liked it
Another Mayes worth the read. A great follow up to the Tuscan Sun
Mar 09, 2008 Kellene rated it really liked it
Made me want to move
Oct 04, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
Very descriptive with some fun recipes to try. Frances Mayes is a good writer and her books really give you the feel of being in Tuscany.
Jan 13, 2013 Tina added it
Saved the book to try some of her recipes. WHEN we travel to the area we may use her itinerary. Love the way she writes.
OK, but not as good as her first, Under the Tuscan Sun
Jul 29, 2016 Cat rated it it was amazing
I read this book ages ago, after seeing the movie of the same name! I just wanted more and this book delivered! I have wanted to visit Tuscany ever since.
Helen C
Aug 17, 2015 Helen C rated it it was amazing
A sensuous book for a sensuous countryside. Enjoyable
Oct 27, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
can't really relate to owning a villa in tuscany, but it is good to dream right?
Dec 28, 2012 Donna rated it it was ok
Not as good as Under the Tuscan Sun. Bit of a struggle to get through
Aug 09, 2009 Mariah rated it it was amazing
Follow up book for Under the Tuscan Sun. Frances Mayes's love affair with Italy.
Misty Vendl
Jun 25, 2010 Misty Vendl rated it really liked it
Love her elaborate language. Feels like sitting with her on the terrace.
Sep 05, 2009 Lynn rated it really liked it
Both of these were good reads. Tuscany is another favourite place of mine (been there twice) and if I was wealthy I too would love to buy and renovate a property there:)
Boyi Guo
Jan 09, 2016 Boyi Guo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't finish reading. Too tedious for teenager or young adult. Only portray their Italy life in a really slow pace
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Frances Mayes's new book is Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir , published by Crown. With her husband, Edward Mayes she recently published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. Every Day in Tuscany is the third volume in her bestselling Tuscany memoir series.

In addition to her Tuscany memoirs, Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany , Frances Mayes is the author of the travel memoir A Year in the Wor
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