Taking Tuscany

Saturday, November 20, 2010
“Oh AJ, everybody has a bad day now and then.” “A bad… day? I don’t just have a day, I have weeks…no make that months… make that, I have years, Mama. I have years ahead of me before I have something to look forward to again!”

Book: Taking Tuscany by Renee Riva, David C. Cook Publishing, 2009
Genre: Historical/Heartwarming Fiction
Subjects: Family relationships, friendship
Summary: AJ knows what it takes to make life perfect. And Tuscany isn’t it. No more summers at the island for her. No more Sailor. No more America. In fact, no more AJ. Her family has moved to Italy and will remain there, with no trips home, for the next six years. And in Italy, going by your initials doesn’t work, leaving her stuck with her full name: Angelina Juliana. She’s a “Yankee” with a weird family who, after being kicked out of the all girls’ school on false charges, finds herself at a school ruled by one “queen bee” as AJ describes it, who has decided to make AJ’s life miserable. All AJ wants is the one thing she can’t have: to go back home to the island.
Notes: AJ learns a bit about perspective in this book. She can’t change her situation, at least not for another six years. But she can change her perspective. She learns that God has joy waiting for her here, just as He did back on the island, if only she will open her eyes and allow herself to see it.
Recommendation Scale: 5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Hebrews – Be content with what you have because God Himself has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”.


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