Today is the day that WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN by Kristin Rae is out in the world! I am so excited for this debut author because 1) She is such a sweetheart and 2) This novel is sure to be a favorite summertime (or anytime) read! In celebration of this book's release, I am joining the launch day festivities and sharing my own goals for a summer in Italy. In the story, Pippa makes a list of ten goals to accomplish while spending her summer in Italy:
Before I reveal my ten goals for a summer in Italy, I wanted to share my own experience with this beautiful country. I had the pleasure of visiting when I was 20 years old, where I traveled to Venice, Italy with my family.
My memories of this city are a bit fuzzy, only because it's been so long ago, but I do remember thinking how old and beautiful the city was. It's amazing that the entire place was basically floating on water, connected by water ways and cobble stone paths.
I also remember the delicious margherita pizza (aka cheese and tomato pizza) that I ate almost daily. I have a vivid memory of sitting at a cafe outside, next to the Grand Canal, sipping a peach bellini. The old world feel was all around me and for the first time in my life I truly felt as though I was in another time.
Since I've only been to Venice, I would love the opportunity to go back and see more of the country. Below are my top 10 goals if I had the chance to spend a summer in Italy now:
1. See ancient Rome and its ruins
2. Try a new flavor of gelato in every city I visit
3. Visit the Italian country side
4. Wander through a vineyard in Tuscany & sample their wine
5. Greet people in Italian
6. Eat handmade pasta from a restaurant off the beaten path
7. Lie on the beaches of Amalfi coast & soak up the Italian sunshine
8. Revisit Venice & take a trip down the Grand Canal
9. Collect postcards from each place I visit
10. Keep a journal & document something that made me smile that day
About the book: WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN – May 6, 2014 from Bloomsbury
Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!
Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?
About the author: Kristin Rae was born and raised in Texas though her accent would suggest otherwise. She’s addicted to books, music, movies, crafty things, and chocolate. A former figure skating coach, LEGO merchandiser, and photographer, she’s now happy to create stories while pretending to ignore the carton of gelato in the freezer. Kristin lives in Houston with her husband and their two boxers.
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