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The Drumheller Mail - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The Great Read­ing Chal­lenge: A Book Set Some­where You Want To Go

Fic­tion: The En­chanted April, El­iz­a­beth von Arnim. Four very dif­fer­ent women rent a me­dieval Ital­ian cas­tle for a month af­ter re­spond­ing to an ad in a Lon­don news­pa­per. Portofino be­comes a place of awak­en­ing to the women’s true selves and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­ex­pected joy. It is a book about the trans­for­ma­tive power of travel.

Non-fic­tion: A Thou­sand Days in Venice: An Un­ex­pected Ro­mance, Mar­lena de Blasi. This me­moir about love at first sight, with a man de Blasi calls, “the stranger,” is charm­ing and full of sump­tu­ous de­scrip­tions of Ital­ian food. De­spite the odds of this ro­mance be­tween an Amer­i­can woman and an Ital­ian man with dif­fer­ent views on the role of women in so­ci­ety, the re­la­tion­ship blooms and so­lid­i­fies with the uni­fy­ing el­e­ment of food.

Youth: Love & Gelato, Jenna Evans Welch. The dy­ing wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daugh­ter to live in Tus­cany and get to know her father, Howard, whom Lina has never met or heard about. Upon her ar­rival in Italy, Lina re­ceives a di­ary that be­longed to Lina’s mother. The di­ary and the hand­some neigh­bour, Ren, help Lina deal with the re­al­ity of her mother’s death and heal from the anger of her mother’s se­cret. Her father pro­vides the space for Lina’s in­ner quest to find hap­pi­ness.

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