A Year at 32 September Way by Mary Ylisela was such a good book for me. I really enjoyed this story of five people giving up their regular lives to move to Verona, Italy and live in the same apartment building owned by Marcello for a year. It was a fun and light read as well as the perfect way to take a little trip to Italy from my armchair.
As everyone arrives in Italy we meet Carlisle, a writer without current inspiration; Charles, a banker; Josh & Nicolette, a couple from the movie industry, and last Eva, Marcello’s girlfriend. Everyone has their own personal reasons for making the decision to spend this year in Italy and although they arrive as strangers, over time their lives begin to interconnect and they form friendships.
The novel goes between all of the characters in alternating chapters so in the beginning it’s a little hard to follow but it isn’t long before you find yourself drawn into each and every one of their lives. Everyone has their issues, some more serious than others, but they are all trying to work through them. It seems the wonderful atmosphere of Verona goes along way in helping them to do that.
I was a little sad when i finished this book because I really wanted more so you can imagine my excitement when I saw shortly after reading it that there was a sequel. Its called Another Year at 32 September Way and I can’t wait to read it! A Year at 32 September Way is a perfect summer read. Take it to the beach or curl up in your favorite chair with it. Either way I think you’ll enjoy the story and the trip to Italy!
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Source: Purchased by Me.
It does look like the perfect summer read 😀
It was a good summer read Linda!
Connie Fischer says
What a gorgeous cover! It makes me want to pick up the book right away. Sounds good.
It is a gorgeous cover isn’t it Connie. I love it too.
Laura Fabiani says
I love books set in Italy. By the title alone I would not have thought this was set there. So glad you enjoyed it and that there’s a sequel. I’m making a note of it.
True enough Laura – the title does not give any idea of the setting which is too bad because I’m the same as you and love to read books set in Italy. Maybe more readers would be attracted to the book of there was some reference to Italy.
Sounds like a great read. I am really into light, enjoyable reads at the moment.
It’s definitely a nice, light summery read Nise!
Probably the only way I’ll ever get to Italy, so thanks for the recommendation. The variety of characters reminds me of a Mansell book 🙂
Lol Jen! I’m the same as you. I travel vicariously through books.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to just go and live in Italy for a bit??? This sounds like a good read and one that I would definitely enjoy 🙂
Sam I would love to do something like in this book and just leave everything behind and go live in Italy or France for a year. What a dream!
Elizabeth MacGregor says
Sounds like a lovely read and what a beautiful cover! I have it on my TBR List and look forward to reading it~ Cheers ~ Elizabeth MacGregor
Elizabeth I agree. It is a beautiful cover.