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Summer School is the latest novel by Domenica de Rosa and is set in Tuscany, Italy.
Patricia Wilson owns a beautiful 13th century Castillo from which she runs a variety of courses that barely cover the huge running costs. The book is set during a writing course which runs for two weeks during the summer.
The seven guests who sign up for the course all arrive with high expectations, novels in varying degrees of completion and of course enough baggage to turn the novel from the mundane to the engrossing and interesting
This isn't the type of novel that I would usually read, but the title intrigued me enough to pick it up and the blurb made the book seem quite interesting so I decided to give it a try, although I wasn't expecting much.
From pretty much the word go, I found this book engrossing and interesting. Although there are a number of characters in the book, the author manages to develop each character and their baggage into an interesting and believable subplot which all weave beautifully together to form the novel.
The characters are a very diverse group of people, of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities yet they develop the kind of close friendship that comes from being around the same people so closely for such a short time.
The story also includes a lot of cultural and historical information which is really interesting to read about, because we read it as the group are shown around the various sites such as the coliseum.
The book was well written with lots of description, you really did feel as though you were there.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, I had fairly low expectations of it, but I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for the other books she's written as I enjoyed this novel so much.
I'd definitely recommend this book, it's an enjoyable read and although I didn't think this was my kind of book, I'm glad I gave it a chance