A Bookollective interview about That Summer in Puglia

‘Today I’m delighted to be celebrating That Summer in Puglia…’

Thank you, Linda, for hosting me on your fabulous blog for today’s stop on the blog tour of That Summer in Puglia!

 

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I’m a hopeless romantic and I love to travel so I’m thrilled to have That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina on my TBR as I have a feeling it’s going to appeal to both aspects very effectively! Today I’m delighted to be celebrating That Summer in Puglia. by bringing you an interview with Valeria conducted by those lovely folk at Bookollective.

That Summer in Puglia is available for purchase directly from the publisher, Eyewear Books here and on Amazon.

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Tommaso has escaped discovery for thirty years but a young private investigator, Will, has tracked him down. Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, Tommaso recounts the story of his life and his great love. In the process, he comes to recognise his true role in the events which unfolded, and the legacy of unresolved grief. Now he’s…

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Authors on Location: interviewed by The Book Trail

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I was interviewed by Susan Heads about That Summer in Puglia, for the Authors on Location section of The Book Trail. Susan’s questions were thought-provoking:

  • What made you want to write this story?
  • Why did you decide to place the action where you did?
  • How do you research a novel such as this?
  • Why is the story important – its message?
  • The story of young love is difficult – a kind of modern-day Romeo and Juliet. Which stories of young love like this have you seen?
  • Who would play your characters in a movie of the book?
  • Something you found surprising whilst researching the novel?
  • Can you tell us more about Puglia and your own experiences of it?

What you see on my blog post are just a couple of excerpts. You can find the full text of the interview by clicking here.

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Susan Heads’ enthusiastic review of the novel is here, where you’ll find also an online guide The Book Trail has begun creating to the real-life places in That Summer in Puglia.

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Excerpts courtesy of The Book Trail.

 

Review of That Summer in Puglia on Novel Deelights

“With beautiful descriptions and well-developed rich characters, Valeria Vescina takes us on a moving journey through Tommaso’s life. That Summer in Puglia is a brilliantly written, poignant, thought-provoking character-driven story about young love, loss, grief, family and second chances. An absolutely wonderful debut.”

Thank you, Eva Merckx, for your amazing review of That Summer in Puglia!

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It is my pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina! My thanks to the publisher for my review copy and to Aimee at Bookollective for the invitation to join the tour!

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Author : Valeria Vescina
Title : That Summer in Puglia
Pages : 303
Publisher : Eyewear Publishing
Publication date : March 12, 2018

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Tommaso has escaped discovery for thirty years but a young private investigator, Will, has tracked him down. Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, Tommaso recounts the story of his life and his great love. In the process, he comes to recognise his true role in the events which unfolded, and the legacy of unresolved grief. Now he’s being presented with a second chance – but is he ready to pay the price it exacts?

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That Summer in Puglia blog tour: review by Cathy Johnson

“The emotional power of Tommaso’s story and the effortless, flowing writing of Valeria Vescina is what will stay with me about That Summer in Puglia.”

Thank you, Cathy Johnson, for your detailed, thoughtful review on the What Cathy Read Next book blog.

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That Summer in Puglia Blog Tour

I’m delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina and sharing my review of this intense and powerful love story.

Thank you to Aimee at Bookollective for inviting me to join the tour.


That Summer in PugliaAbout the Book

Tommaso has escaped discovery for thirty years but a young private investigator, Will, has tracked him down.

Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, Tommaso recounts the story of his life and his great love. In the process, he comes to recognise his true role in the events which unfolded, and the legacy of unresolved grief.

Now he’s being presented with a second chance – but is he ready to pay the price it exacts?

Format: Paperback (303 pp.)    Publisher:Eyewear Publishing
Published: 1st March 2018        Genre: Fiction, Romance

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That Summer in Puglia blog tour – review by Amanda Duncan

“As you can probably guess from my gushing review, I loved this novel. It had everything you want in a love story… but most of all, it was about the capacity we have in all of us to forgive, to make amends and make the best of what life has to offer. If you want a sumptuous, evocative and totally enthralling novel… then it has to be That Summer In Puglia. It is just beautiful.”

Thank you, Amanda Duncan, for your powerful words.

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Image result for that summer in pugliaThat Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina   Eyewear Publishing  March 1st 2018

Tommaso has escaped discovery for thirty years but a young private investigator, Will, has tracked him down. Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, Tommaso recounts the story of his life and his great love. In the process, he comes to recognise his true role in the events which unfolded, and the legacy of unresolved grief. Now he’s being presented with a second chance – but is he ready to pay the price it exacts? That Summer In Puglia is a tale of love, loss, the perils of self-deception and the power of compassion. Puglia offers an ideal setting: its layers of history are integral to the story, itself an excavation of a man’s past; Tommaso’s increasingly vivid memories of its sensuous colours, aromas and tastes, and of how it felt…

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Video: review of That Summer in Puglia

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Today I had the wonderful surprise of a review of That Summer in Puglia by video. It comes from the fabulous literary blogger Claire Lyons and you can watch it on her website, Mrs. Average Evaluates, by clicking here.

Some excerpts from the video-review of the novel:

“So carefully written and incredibly evocative.”

“A very passionate book.”

“Shakespearean mix-ups and misunderstandings and lack of communication…”

“…and it’s about youth, and about parenting, and about loss… It’s a super book.”

“I’d love you to read this. It’s a beautiful, beautiful book.”

I’m grateful to Claire Lyons for her warm, powerful words.

 

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Blog Tour and Review of That Summer in Puglia

A beautiful review of That Summer in Puglia. My thanks to reviewer Ann Marie of NYC-based Lit Wit Wine Dine for communicating with such clarity and warmth her perceptive reading of the novel.

Below are images of short extracts of the review. I encourage you to click here to access the full article on this excellent literary blog site.

 

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And here is another invitation to read the full review on the Lit Wit Wine Dine blog.  

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“I found this to be a totally absorbing debut and loved spending time with the character Tommaso.”
Thank you, Karen Mace, for your warm recommendation of That Summer in Puglia.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Fiction. Tommaso has escaped discovery for thirty years but a young private investigator, Will, has tracked him down. Tommaso asks him to pretend never to have found him. To persuade Will, Tommaso recounts the story of his life and his great love. In the process, he comes to recognise his true role in the events which unfolded, and the legacy of unresolved grief. Now he’s being presented with a second chance – but is he ready to pay the price it exacts? THAT SUMMER IN PUGLIA is a tale of love, loss, the perils of self-deception and the power of compassion. Puglia offers an ideal setting: its layers of history are integral to the story, itself an excavation of a man’s past; Tommaso’s increasingly vivid memories of its sensuous colours, aromas and tastes, and of how it felt to love and be loved, eventually transform the discomforting…

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Book Review: That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina

“This is a stunningly beautiful story, made even more wonderful by having Tommaso as the narrator. […] I cried, I rejoiced, I held my breath – and they are just some of the ways That Summer in Puglia hit me.”
Thank you, Joy Corkery, for your beautiful review of That Summer in Puglia on Joyful Antidotes.

Joyful Antidotes

Do you know what every summer needs? A bit of romance. In the form of a book, of course. I have an absolutely great recommendation for you today, one that will melt your heart.

That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina is narrated by Tomasso who has been located by a private investigator thirty years after leaving Puglia. Tomasso asks PI Will to pretend he never found him, which prompts Tomasso to recount his life story, including that one fateful summer that led to a great love and a great loss.

This is a stunningly beautiful story, made even more wonderful by having Tomasso as the narrator. The parts where he speaks to PI Will directly make Tomasso so real and ultimately set him up as a likeable character, a character whom the reader worries about and wants the best for. There are other characters in this book but none…

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