Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Review - The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth

Book Synopsis
In Italy, the best attractions are always off the beaten path. . .
Mamie Weber doesn’t know why she survived that terrible car accident five years ago. Physically, she has only a slight reminder—but emotionally, the pain is still fresh. Deep down she knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life again. Now she has an opportunity to do just that, spending two weeks in Tuscany reviewing a tour company for her employer’s popular travel guide series. The warmth of the sun, the centuries-old art, a villa on the Umbrian border—it could be just the adventure she needs.

But with adventure comes the unexpected . . . like discovering that her entire tour group is made up of aging ex-hippies reminiscing about their Woodstock days. Or finding herself drawn to the guide, Julian, who is secretly haunted by a tragedy of his own, and seems to disapprove any time she tries something remotely risky—like an impromptu scooter ride with a local man.

As they explore the hilltop towns of Tuscany, Mamie knows that when this blissful excursion is over, she’ll have to return to reality. But when you let yourself wander, life can take some interesting detours . . .

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My Review
The Sweet Life tells the story of Mamie Weber.   She is a young widow (39 years old) who lost her husband and daughter in a tragic car accident.   She has an unexpected opportunity to go to Italy for work as a travel writer.  There she joins a tour of older people who were at Woodstock together, and meets a charming man with a mysterious past named Julian.  

This is a really lovely read.  It is a gentle, sensitively told story of two grieving people who find an unexpected connection in a beautiful place.

The descriptions of Italy are beautiful!  I have never been there, and am more of an armchair traveler, but I loved reading the details of the tour group's travels, the fabulous food, and the adventures they had.  I especially enjoyed the way that Julian took Mamie to see some of the sites on little mini-tours, just the two of them.  The scene where they visited Michelangelo's David was magical!

I really liked Mamie and Julian as characters.  They were written with depth and dimension, and their connection was so beautifully handled.  I kept thinking this novel would make a great movie.  It has a cinematic quality that I liked.

I heartily recommend The Sweet Life for fans of women's fiction, well written romance, and novels with atmospheric settings.  

Author Bio
Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book, and her Blue Moon Lake Novels include the bestseller, Share the Moon.

When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC Blog Tours.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I remember getting to see Michelangelo's David - it was impressive!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.