Although the beginning of each chapter seems unconnected to the overall story, the details and descriptions are strong and vivid. The alternating points of view add depth, and the ending leaves readers anticipating a sequel.
A single mom, Elizabeth hopes that a college graduation gift of a trip to Italy will strengthen her bond with her daughter, Marina. Elizabeth hopes the trip will help her daughter put things into perspective, since Marina tends to submit to her fiance, Jotham, instead of voicing her own desires.
Marina would prefer to go on the trip with Jotham, who seems more interested in promoting his image. When Elizabeth and Marina get to Italy, Marina meets an intriguing Italian man and is forced to evaluate her relationship with Jotham, which causes Elizabeth to realize she needs to make changes in her life too. (KENSINGTON, Sep., 368 pp., $14.00)