Saturday, May 25, 2013

At Least You're In Tuscany by Jennifer Criswell Book Review

*Disclosure- I received a free e-copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

"At Least Your're in Tuscany." That's the mantra that Jennifer Griswell repeated any time anything went wrong when she decided that she would follow her dreams, quit her job as a lawyer, uproot herself from the United States and move to Italy. Armed with her dog Cinder, very little understanding of the Italian language and no job lined up, Griswell took the plunge and moved to Montepulciano. At Least You're In Tuscany is a memoir of her first year living in Montepulciano and all of the trials, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, that she encounters along the way.

I love to travel and I love to read, so a non-fiction book about a place I have always wanted to go but have yet to make it to was definitely a fun thing for me to read. Before I got married and had kids, I always had dreams of living abroad for at least a year or two, so peaking in on someone else's journey was quite interesting to me. Tuscany sounds just about as beautiful as I would imagine it to and Jennifer's first year there definitely seems to go the way I would imagine moving to a foreign country with a language your barely know is spoken. I loved her tales about her trips to the farmer's market and her neighbor who's adult sons still live at home with her, as well as a forbidden romance. This novel would make a fun movie! I felt sympathy for her when she had a hard time getting a job because of her lack of speaking Italian and her trouble getting her Italian citizenship approved. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves to travel or loves to read interesting non-fiction.

About the author- Jennifer Criswell is a lawyer-turned-writer who chucked her legal briefs to pursue her love of writing after a life-changing trip to Italy in 2001. Jennifer lives and writes in a small hill town in Tuscany with her sidekick of a Weimaraner, Cinder.

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