Escape to sun-drenched Italy with a summery romance that will warm your heart and make you believe in love.
When Libby reaches the grand old age of 30, she decides it's time to grow up, find Mr Right, and settle down. But first she wants one last summer of fun – so she buys a one-way ticket to beautiful Positano in Italy.
There, despite all her good intentions, she can't help but fall a little in love with handsome Italian Luca and, as the summer draws to a close, Libby has some big decisions to make.
Should she head back home and face up to her responsibilities? Could Luca be the right man to start a family with? Or has the perfect man been waiting in the wings back home?
Perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Ruth Kelly and Lucy Diamond, this romantic summer read asks: is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
Previously published as It Was Always You.
What readers are saying about One Summer in Positano:
'A very sweet read, perfect for sunny days on the beach. The characters are lovely and it will leave you with a big smile on your face' Karen Whittard, NetGalley.
'Libby's story is beautiful and full of life' Bharti Chandnani, NetGalley.
'I loved the descriptions of Italy – the places Libby visited were brought alive for me. A lovely story, perfect as a summer read' Helen Edwards, NetGalley.
'Sweetly romantic and swoonworthy, this book will make you believe in love!' Lindsey Kramer, NetGalley.
A bit of a back-and-forth impression
A bit of a back-and-forth impression here from me: initially the heroine, Libby, was immature, unfocused and more than a bit spoilt child. Nearing 30, she really needed to find a direction after an ‘adult’ life spent travelling, temping and ‘finding herself’. Personally, these are the most difficult characters for me to connect with – as they are just in that endless loop of self-indulgence. Even Libby’s best friends since childhood have moved on and grown up- and have little expectation that she will be anything more than what she is.
And then things change: from her ‘last’ summer of indulgence spent in Positano, she meets and decides on a ‘summer fling’ with the bartender at the small guesthouse she is working for in a combined attempt to enjoy her life and polish her Italian in preparation for her contract to work in a law firm come September. But, for me, just as the “always you’ romantic entanglement hinted at in the title was obvious, the relationship with Luca, and it’s eventual shatter were easy to see coming: for everyone BUT Libby. Don’t get me wrong, this was an easy and enjoyable read, but there were no real surprises here: from the betrayals to her protracted growing curve, Libby does manage to be engaging and show that she understands the need to grow up – for herself.
A novel that is best described as a long-overdue self-discovery for Libby: deciding what she can and cannot live with, how she will support herself and still manage to wake each day excited to continue, and just where her abilities, talent and attention span will prove to be an asset rather than keeping her in the constant state of flux. Capron has an easygoing writing style: points of view are clear and well voiced, descriptions are lovely, and there was a solid sense of Libby’s struggles with her own self-definition. And this is a feel-good, everything works out sort of story, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.