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To Tuscany With Love

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Can one college semester abroad change the course of your life?

Bella Rossini, a vivacious college junior, lands in jail overnight with acquaintances whom she mistakes for friends. Shipped off to Tuscany by her mother, Bella is suddenly thrust into living with seven strangers during one life-altering summer.

Meet Hope, the sturdy and practical girl, steadfast in her loyalty
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 2014 by Capriole Group (first published December 3rd 2013)
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Aditi
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Aditi by: Tripfiction
While reading this book, I couldn't stop myself from thinking about Bob Marley’s spectacular words about “friends”:
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”

Gail Mencini, an American author, penned down her debut novel called, To Tuscany with Love , which is all about regrets, past demons, loss and love and mostly about priceless friendships.

Synopsis:
Bella Rossini, a vivacious college junior, lands in jail overnight with acquaintances
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Jenny
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Best character driven novel I've read! Mencini's imperfect characters battle through moral dilemmas, death, and personal demons to reach places of acceptance, understanding, and friendship. Mencini dares the reader to understand the grey areas of actions and the impact of choices. While a few lulls in movement stall the story, the novel earns a solid four stars. To Tuscany With Love will be an excellent book for book club discussion!
Tripfiction
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Novel set in Tuscany (and USA) (Bella Toscana)

If you like Tuscany, and you like budding relationship encounters (with an edgy adolescent flair), a bit of romance, and a novel that evokes this gorgeous part of the world, then this might be right up your ‘via’.

A diverse group of students comes together as they spend a Semester in Florence, roughly in the 1970s, and we observe how friendships develop and sexual partners hook up within the group. Initially, it is the story of young people finding
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Leslie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Received this from a Goodreads Giveaway. It took a while for me to read - could not get over the whole "should I choose boy #1 or boy #2" storyline when they were in Italy. The book got better after that summer was over.
Kathleen
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, To Tuscany With Love, author Gail Mencini weaves an intriguing new adult coming of age tale about eight American college students (for men, four women), who meet while studying abroad for a summer semester in Italy. After their summer abroad, the story then follows the eight friends through the next thirty years detailing their life experiences, culminating in a reunion that will reveal how their summer abroad thirty years ago had a life-changing and shaping effect on how ...more
Ivyd
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A summer college course in Florence, Italy brings together eight disparate college students forging a bond and shaping futures.


Rune ~ Charming but always with an angle. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll is the life he craves. Hard, fast, and loose but what does it net you in the end?

Karen and Meghan ~ Lovely twins who dream of opening a boutique together when they get back home. Karen becomes engaged to her long term boyfriend, Ed, while in Italy. An engagement doesn’t stop Karen from making her
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Virginia Torres
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those books about all the facets of life and what is truly important: not to lose yourself, love, loyalty, and friendship.

It opens with an anonymous invitation to come back to Tuscany, no spouses or children or friends invited, just you, and only cowards won't go back. Strong words that already evoke emotion. Bella's reaction is one of anger; she is SO going back in order to give him a piece of her mind! Whaaat happened?!

As we explore their semester together and
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heather - NightlyReading
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy stories about traveling to other countries. I doubt that I will ever get anywhere myself, so when I received the email about this book...I jumped on it! I love to read about the other cultures and what the characters did and saw so that I can literally live through them.
So many characters...
I really enjoyed the different personalities of the characters. The author allowed you to get into the heads of several of them and it kept the reader entertained right from the get go. I
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Lauren Henderson
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley.

I really like this book. I liked the way it was told. I liked the character development. I think it is a great debut that wasn't too predictable!

To Tuscany with Love starts out with an invitation to a reunion for a group of friends who shared a summer studying in Florence 30 years prior... then the story immediately goes way back and tells the story of the summer primarily through the eyes of Bella but also through the eyes of the
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Kathryn Laceby
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

The appeal for me in To Tuscany With Love was the travelling aspect of the book and I liked Mencini’s attempts to bring some of Italy’s culture, history and scenery into such a busy set of story-lines. While I enjoyed the general outline of the book there were a number of little irritations that stopped me from giving it a higher star rating.

The first impression I got of the writing was a feeling of awkwardness- I felt uncomfortable with the language and turns
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Rachel
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
To Tuscany With Love was such a fun, quick, easy read! Mencini does an excellent job of weaving the stories of eight interestingly unique characters against the backdrop of the Florence, Italy. The reader is immersed into first an energetic, romantic summer were all of these young college students meet and mingle. They form bonds and friendships that seem to be so strong. The backdrop changes to follow the characters into glimpses of their lives alone after their summer together abroad has ...more
Roxanne Kade
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always dreamed of visiting Tuscany, and Mencini's stunning debut made that dream come true. I got to experience the adventure, romance, and beautiful history and culture of this amazing region through the eyes of eight fabulous characters who each now own a piece of my heart.



Not only was I drawn to this story because of the location, but I'm in love with love and romance, and this book had plenty to offer. I really enjoyed the multiple POVs. It was exciting to get into the mind of each
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
To Tuscany With Love follows a group of strangers for a semester abroad, in Italy. Friendships are forged, a love triangle involving the character Bella is center with her new friend's stories revealed throughout the novel. We dip into the future to see where life has taken them, and how Italy has had lasting effects. Death, children, disappointment, marriage, lit flames that never die, all of these things are spinning the story as the characters return midlife for a reunion. Italy is always a ...more
Stephanie Morrow
Nov 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Chris
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a row I have read which deals with the complex issues surrounding old friendships, rekindled at reunions many years later.
Again, there are several characters, this time eight in fact, who meet in Tuscany during their college years when they spend a semester in Florence together. As with all stories of this kind, there is a soap opera feel to the unfolding story, with each character seemingly on an emotional roller coaster.
I struggled with Part 1 of this book as I
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Brandy
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Summer is coming and we all need a good love story to take to the lake. I recently finished reading an advance reader copy of To Tuscany with Love by Gail Mencini that was loaned to be by a friend and recommend packing this with your bathing suit. The book features picturesque Tuscan landscapes, food, and an epic romance or two. As the college friends in this story are reunited, they look back on their lives, the choices that they made in Tuscany, and how life may have been different. Everyone ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To Tuscany with Love is a story that is very satisfying in that it covers eight different people that come together one summer in Italy for a summer class, then they come back 30 years later to a reunion orchestrated by one of the eight. In between these two events we learn more about each individual, their loves, lives, losses,passions and missed opportunities. The reader comes to like some of the characters and dislike others for a variety of reasons. Very well written and it is easy to see ...more
Rebecca
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC from the author's publicist.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read because although easy to read it was filled with real life scenarios. I would categorize this book as "chick lit" with unpredictable outcomes. I enjoyed the twists and turns throughout and the reality of the events. The author did not spare emotions, rather I felt as if she was thoroughly attempting to get the reader to feel what the characters were feeling. It wasn't fantasy to me at all. Rather it was as
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Janice
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a giveaway....and I can't wait for her next one. Just to be clear, anything with Tuscany has my interest immediately - and when I enjoy a book this much, it makes it so much better. I read it in a day - I couldn't put it down.

The story is about college friends in the present day and 30 years ago.....the characters were relatable in the fact that they are my age, and my college friends and I still get together frequently. Also, the characters aren't perfect - they all have
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A group of college students are thrust together in a foreign country and become completely connected and after 30 years a reunion is in the works and they are given the opportunity to regroup and catch up. Bella is the main character of the 8 students and it was easy to become completely attached to her character.

The unique thing about this book that made me completely fall in love with it was the structure. The author starts with the students as
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Patricia Solla
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, donated
The author writes a tale of what happens in your youth affects how you live the rest of your life. We find out why one youth has been sent to the Tuscany area of Italy with several other similar aged youths. All have different home lives. The book opens with an explanation and a reunion invitation. The storyline then goes on to describe one summer in the Tuscany Italy and then proceeds to bounce back and forth with each youth was like at that time and then shows what they are like now. While the ...more
Kerry
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
I was given a copy of To Tuscany with Love to review in return for my honest opinion. What a joy this book is to read! Gail Mencini captured the essence of a visitors perspective of Florence beautifully. The book could almost double as a tour guide, however the story of the friendships formed by the eight young people will capture your heart. Visiting Florence to complete a study tour, the eight characters engage in summer trysts and form lifelong friendships. The story alternates between the ...more
Katarina
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this book.

The story takes us from the initial meeting and forging or friendships during a semester abroad in Tuscany. Descriptions of the scenery/sights, as well as the characters are beautiful.
I found each person to be unique and three-dimensional. They meet as college age kids, and go through some of the misunderstandings and heartbreaks of that age, all of them written with heart
We get snapshots of their lives over the next 30 years, and end up during a reunion in Tuscany.
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Sue Mencer
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How many of us would love to reunite with old friends, past loves, to relive shared experiences, and perhaps, to see if the choices we made when we were younger are regrettable or not? All of us, I think. In To Tuscany with Love, Gail Mencini traces the lives of people who had the chance to do just that in a venue that captivates and inspires- Tuscany.
The rich character development makes you care about these people. The descriptive background of Tuscany, with it's quaint villages and perfect
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Kim Reddell
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To Tuscany with Love pulls you in at the very beginning with the 30 year reunion invitation. Bella and friends take you inside there lives of love and heartache. The descriptions of the characters and all there surroundings make you feel like you are there.
This novel for me is about the lessons in life and how much truth and honesty persevere.
If you are looking for a good book to curl up with then this is your book. This is a must read you will not be disappointed!!!
This novel would make the
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Judy
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book to read! Well written. Easy to read. A group of kids go to Italy one summer before college and then meet up again in Italy 30 years later. Read about the wonders and hardships each faces. Feel the love. Feel the sadness. Feel the joy. When you read this book, that's what you do. The book moves you.

Pick up a copy today!
Ellen
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this book from Netgalley. Bella and her friends spend a college summer in Italy, creating relationships that impact their lives moving forward. I loved the beginning and end in Florene, but thought the individual stories to be a bit disjointed. All in all, I would recommend this title to lovers of women's fiction with a European setting.
Melissa
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love to travel, have never been to Italy but this book made me want to go right away! It's an entertaining, light read and really captures the wild ride that friendships can create. When I go to Florence, this book will definitely be in my bag!
Michelle
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and literally could not put it down! Such a fun, emotional and intriguing story that kept me guessing until the very end. I was sad to see it end and hope there is more in store for Bella, Phillip and Stillman. So excited for Gail Mencini's next book!
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Gail Mencini makes her literary debut with “To Tuscany with Love” (January 2014, Capriole Group) an adult coming-of-age novel set in central Italy.

Born in rural Nebraska, Mencini graduated with honorsin 1976 from Wartburg College in Waverly,Iowa, where she majored in accounting, economics and business administration. She holds a Master of Laws of Taxation degree from the University of Denver
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