Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Our Italian Summer

Today I have a fascinating new book to tell you about.

Prolific New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst is widely adored by romance readers for her charming, sexy, and completely captivating novels. The writer of numerous chart-topping romance series, Jennifer’s stories are not only steamy but inspiring, featuring strong women who strive for respect and independence, making them must-reads for fans of the genre.

Now, Jennifer takes those same qualities that make her romance novels so compelling to her women’s fiction debut, OUR ITALIAN SUMMER (Berkley Trade Paperback; on sale today, January 12, 2021), the story of three generations of women who find themselves and each other while getting lost in the beauty of Italy. Jennifer reminds readers to sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip—and to savor every taste of joy (and pasta, and wine, and cannoli) that life brings.

Jennifer’s first women’s fiction tale is loosely inspired by a vacation to Italy that she took with her own female relatives several years ago. She weaves some hilarious moments from her own adventures into her storytelling in order to create a laugh-out-loud memorable novel that anyone who has ever traveled with their relatives will love.

Workaholic and single mother Francesca Ferrari is one step away from a nervous breakdown when her studious, straight-laced, 17-year-old daughter Allegra is caught with illicit drugs. Allegra is sick of being ignored by her uptight mother whose one true love is her work. And Francesca’s mother, Sophia, knows that they’re all in trouble. Sophia is concerned that her family is falling apart in front of her eyes, and she also can’t seem to shake the feeling that her health is failing, fast. Sophia declares that a summer in Italy might just be the heart-mending cure they all need to keep their family from ripping apart at the seams.

What comes next is an adventure of a lifetime as the three women embark on a journey they’ll never forget. Filled with funny family bonding moments (that may or may not include a tumble down the Spanish Steps), a gorgeous Italian backdrop, and more than a few moments of sparkling romantic chemistry, OUR ITALIAN SUMMER is a dazzling escape to Italy with surprises around every turn.

Meet the Author

Jennifer Probst, Credit Matt Simpkins Photography
Jennifer Probst is the New York Times bestselling author of the Billionaire Builders series, the Searching For . . . series, the Marriage to a Billionaire series, the Steele Brothers series, the Stay series, and the Sunshine Sisters series.

Like some of her characters, Jennifer, along with her husband and two sons, calls New York's Hudson Valley home. When she isn't traveling to meet readers, she enjoys reading, watching "shameful reality television," and visiting a local Hudson Valley animal shelter.

For more on Jennifer and her writing, you can follow her at JenniferProbst.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like a fun read? Have you taken a vacation with three generations?


  1. That's fun she took some of her own adventures and experiences in Italy and placed them in the story.

  2. You had me at the setting, Mason. It does sound like a rich story, too, and with some interesting characters. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A whole summer to heal sounds like what that family needed.

  4. Hi Mason - it sounds like we all need to read Jennifer's book ... an ideal pick-me-up ... and something to take us away to a better place. Congratulations and thanks for posting ... all the best - Hilary

  5. Anything set in Italy is worth reading. I hope it won't be long before we take more than virtual trips to Italy.


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