It's been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie's dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer's here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy - but what's it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms - the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was...
With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again - gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with - or so she thinks. What's going to happen this time? What's more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky - Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn't know how she fits in any more.
Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?
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5 Words: Family, friendship, love, sisters, loss.
The cover lead me to think I was going to read about summer shenanigans, that it'd all be fun and rose-tinted and wonderful...
And it was wonderful.
But it was also utterly heartbreaking.
It was quite hard for me to read this book at times. This could have been me and my two sisters if the ambulance hadn't arrived so quickly, and that hit so close to home that I ended up in tears a few times and even had to put the book down and step away.
The relationships between the sisters are absolutely perfect. They love each other, but they also snipe away at each other and nit-pick and tease. I loved the mother-daughter relationships too, with the care and affection and the misunderstandings. This family was real.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, but make sure that you have plenty of tissues at the ready because there will be tears.