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Women in Sunlight

by Frances Mayes

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The story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year, from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun.   Don't miss Frances Mayes in PBS's Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special! She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can't help but question: will they find what they came for? Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit's own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women--Julia, Camille, and Susan--all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit's friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten--and with drastic and unforeseeable results.… (more)
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Enjoyable to a point and then just a bit tedious ( )
  ibkennedy | Aug 23, 2021 |
Set in San Rocco, Italy, three American women lease a house and live one year of their lives. All have lost the men in their lives and they discover themselves anew though they’re older (65-70). Sometimes boring, sometimes understandably exciting because I am beyond those ages, and sometimes too descriptive and hard to follow, especially the first section. ( )
  bereanna | Feb 28, 2021 |
This book is so beautifully written, it may take you a while to read it. I found myself pausing to reread passages just to savor the beauty of the writing. Like many Frances Mayes works, this is set in Italy. It features a trio of older women who meet at an open house for "retirement" living, become friends, and decide to have an adventure together. It also features other expats who befriend them. It is simply a wonderful book. ( )
  DrApple | May 31, 2019 |
Loved the background of a small Tuscan town. Mayes sure can wax poetic describing Villa Assunta and San Rocco. You really want to be there. her characters are older women which is nice and refreshing and I love how they each are discovering themselves. The narrator is an American writer Kit and through her eyes we see these ladies. The only part I didn't really enjoy was the "Margaret" parts. Margaret is Kit's deceased friend who she plans to write a book about. I just don't care for this angle.
A good read and makes me want to go live in a Villa in Tuscany. ( )
  Smits | Feb 23, 2019 |
Okay book. Loved her first book. All the rest have been disappointing. ( )
  Alphawoman | Oct 13, 2018 |
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The story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year, from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun.   Don't miss Frances Mayes in PBS's Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special! She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can't help but question: will they find what they came for? Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit's own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women--Julia, Camille, and Susan--all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit's friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten--and with drastic and unforeseeable results.

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