Gail Mencini

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Gail Mencini made her literary debut with “To Tuscany with Love” (January 2014, Capriole Group) an adult coming-of-age novel set in central Italy. Her newest novel, "It Happened in Tuscany" (February 2020, Capriole Group), is a captivating historical and friendship fiction story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family. Both award-winning novels are Denver Post #1 best-sellers.

Born in rural Nebraska, Mencini graduated with honors in 1976 from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she majored in accounting, economics and business administration. She earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver.

Mencini co-owned an accounting firm and practiced for 15 years
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It Happened in Tuscany Playlist

Many writers listen to music while drafting their books. I do listen to music in the process of writing my novels, but never when my fingers are racing across my laptop and creating my manuscript.

I listen while driving in my car, cooking, or doing household chores. When I’m actually drafting or plotting, I like silence. The only words I hear then are those of my characters.

My playlist

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To Tuscany With Love

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4.15 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
"This is a good vacation (or virtual vacation!) read—it brings you to beautiful Tuscany on a light adventure, shared by unlikely companions on a personal quest. Author Mencini provides plenty of location detail and temps you with delicious-sounding fo" Read more of this review »
It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
"This book is an artfully crafted blend of romance, travel and history. It's a very heartwarming story set in current times about a recently widowed WWII veteran who, after burying his recently deceased wife, decides to set out on the final adventure " Read more of this review »
It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
"amazing. the descriptions were so good I could taste the food."
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“Sophie hated herself for how she changed when she was dating Russ. She struggled with trying to lose weight but did it to please him. She bought scores of sexy clothes that weren't her style. Sophie became the woman he wanted, even though it felt like a betrayal to herself.”
Gail Mencini, It Happened in Tuscany

“It’s never too late to take stock of one’s work, relationships, and life. What dreams of yours are unfulfilled, and why have they been pushed aside? Sometimes circumstances or economics are the unavoidable roadblock to achieving your dreams.

When things are outside of a person’s control, all one can do is to evaluate how best to deal with these obstacles, and then take action. That was my personal approach when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The best thing about my cancer was that I realized how many people cared about me and wanted to help. I am not very good at asking for help and, unfortunately, many people are the same. Family and friends are a grossly underrated asset, which is why I centered my debut novel, To Tuscany with Love, on a group of friends who help each other save, and forgive, themselves.

A surprising occurrence is that sometimes we ourselves, like my characters, have become the obstruction to achieving our goals. Passionately investing in your relationships and dreams is the first step to molding yourself into the person you dream of being and in the process, achieving happiness and fulfillment.”
Gail Mencini

“It's all on me. The errands, looking for Francesca, and getting Will back to the U.S. healthy. Life has been that way for a long time. It's my responsibility to take care of myself and make all the decisions. Mine alone.”
Gail Mencini, It Happened in Tuscany

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