This story is about a girl, Lina (short for Carolina) who lives with her mother. Her mother has cancer and her last dying wish is that Lina go to Italy and live with this man called Howard, who is supposedly her father.
Lina does not want to leave America. She definitely does not want to go to a foreign country and live with a father who wasn’t even there in her life for 16 years. But to honor her mother’s last wish, she goes to Tuscany.
She starts living in Howard’s house and gets her mom’s journal over there – a journal that her mom had maintained when she was living in Italy.
As Lina reads the journal, she realises that her young mother was totally different from the woman she knew, she learns about her mother’s journey, she experiences Italy through the eyes of her mother and makes memories of her own and falls in love as well.
There is a nice line in this book, that goes summerised like this –
“People come to Italy for many reasons but they stay back for the same two reasons – Love and Gelato.”