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Tuscan Holiday Paperback – Sep 1 2008
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About the Author
Holly Chamberlin was born and raised in New York City. After earning a Masters degree in English Literature from New York University and working as an editor in the publishing industry for ten years, she moved to Boston, married and became a freelance editor and writer. She and her husband now live in downtown Portland, Maine, in a restored mid-nineteenth century brick townhouse with Betty, the most athletic, beautiful and intelligent cat in the world. Readers can visit her website at: www.hollychamberlin.com.
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Elizabeth knows she is not a role model having been unable to fully commit to her lover Rob after thirteen years together, but hopes to reconnect with her daughter and prays Marina finds some passion. In Italy, Elizabeth is ready to give up as Marina behaves like the condemned walking the last mile to their execution. Suddenly the air seems fresher and livelier when Marina meets Luca who brings a zest for life that has both women reconsidering their relationships back home.
This is an entertaining look at relationships especially between a mom and a daughter. The lead pair rotates perspective so that the audience sees the same event at times almost entirely different as the two female Caldwells bring personal lenses to the mix. Fans will enjoy this fine family drama.
However, the daughter, Marina, doesn't seem comfortable being close to her mother at all. She'd rather hang out with her friends, or fiancé. Marina is like one of those in the moment young women.
So Marina just graduates from college and lands a job as an accountant at the beginning of fall. So as a graduation present her mother gives her two tickets to Italy. Marina assumes the tickets are for her and her fiancé, Jotham, however, the tickets are for a mother -daughter trip.
Reluctantly, Marina goes with her mother go and the dynamics of their relationship unfold. The reader learns that Marina and Elizabeth were abandoned by Marina's father even before Marina was born. Elizabeth had tried several times to contact him but he refused to see them and even threatened with a restraining order. We find that Marina's relationship with Jotham is less than perfect with Jotham being overbearing and kind of a brat.
Through the trip you find both ladies learning to live in the moment. Marina makes decisions without Jotham. Elizabeth makes time to think through her past and realizes what she's been missing all these years. And the two form a better relationship, the "linking arm" kind of love Elizabeth has been hoping for.
The book makes you want to take a trip at which you have time to find yourself. I don't think it necessarily has to be in Tuscany. But it does cause you to appreciate what you have. I think it may have made Marina seem a little self centered, and Elizabeth more of the martyr. But it did make some good points in the dynamics of a mother daughter relationship. After reading this, I have definitely become more cautious about the eye rolling, and have decided to make a conscience effort to "listen" to what my mother has to say.
and puts them in a great location. Here we have a single Mom and her daughter, Marina. Mom is nervous that Marina has picked her fiance for all the wrong reasons. Well! Who hasn't had a Mom that worries about her daughter's decisions. And how nice to be taken around Florence while issues are faced, romance shows up and a mother and daughter cement their relationship with love and respect. The reader roots for them and cheers the
both of them on, and Holly does not disappoint. RD"
I'm recommending this book to everyone I know.