Why this book?
Frances Mayes’s first bestseller takes us along on one woman’s journey of taking a leap of faith and pursuing a dream – buying a house in the Tuscan countryside, restoring it, and blending into the rhythms of life in Cortona. Her writing is mesmerizing, immersing us in the sensual details of the adventure – from scents of the markets season by season to faces of the locals, the wonderful sounds of the language, and changing colors out her window. She even includes easy recipes to give us a true taste of life in this paradise.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Discover the New York Times bestseller that inspired the film. The perfect read for anyone seeking an escape to the Italian countryside.
When Frances Mayes - poet, gourmet cook and travel writer - buys an abandoned villa in Tuscany, she has no idea of the scale of the project she is embarking on.
In this enchanting memoir she takes the reader on a journey to restore a crumbling villa and build a new life in the Italian countryside, navigating hilarious cultural misunderstandings, legal frustrations and the challenges of renovating a house that seems determined to remain a ruin.