Women in Sunlight Women in Sunlight

Women in Sunlight

A Novel

    • 4.2 • 202 Ratings
    • $14.99
    • $14.99

Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
April 3
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Word Lover 70 ,

Women in Sunlight

This novel by Mayes is superb. The three women are well drawn and so full of life.
The author writes with such intensity and color, I want to delve into the pages and be there for all of the adventures revealed. The women come to realize that they can reinvent themselves in new and exciting ways. Age is not a factor and past experiences do not have to limit possibilities. I fell in love with this book as I have previous books by Mayes.

Funkwench ,

The Golden Girls Meet Rick Steves

I’ve read several of Frances Mayes’ novels, but for some reason, this particular book is not one of my favorites.
Yes, it’s a tour of Italy full of phrases, places, and customs I will probably never experience. At times though, the descriptions of the places contained in the text acted more like a road map or served seemingly to pad the page count.
I’m not guilty of ageism (being 50-something myself) so I did enjoy the three older women characters (thus, my comparison to The Golden Girls.)
This book started off exceedingly slowly. At the halfway point, I was ready to give up on the storyline as it seemed to crawl.
Don’t buy this book if you’re craving excitement, intrigue, or a fast paced read. If you want a quiet book about friendship, travel, and conviviality, this is for you. I’m definitely more rested after reading it, I fell asleep countless times. Sorry, Frances.

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