By Delia Ephron

Siracusa by [Ephron, Delia]

4 out of 5 stars

Lizzie and her husband Michael are traveling to Italy with their friends Finn, his wife Taylor and their daughter Snow. Lizzie has planned an adventure to Siracusa because of it’s importance to her late father. Lizzie and Finn had a relationship at one time. We relive their trip through the alternating voices of Lizzie, Michael, Finn and Taylor. You get to see all the sides, or their views of what happens. Michael is having an affair back home. He plans on telling Lizzie but thinks setting her up with Finn will make it easier for him. Lizzie just wants her husband to be happy, to get him away from his failure to finish his writing. Taylor is so wrapped in her child that she doesn’t even see what Snow really is. Finn is rather oblivious. He’s thinking about having an affair back home. He feels left out of the circle that is his wife and daughter. Snow suffers from some kind of shyness syndrome but she is oh-so-creepy. There is an awful lot going on in that 10-year-old child’s brain. She seems infatuated with Michael. When Michael’s girlfriend shows up demanding attention in Siracusa, it sets into motion a chain of events that changes all their lives.

I sat reading this book with a sense of dread coming over me. I knew something was coming and once Kath shows up, I knew, I just knew. That did not take anything away from getting there. I have read reviews saying the characters are unlikable but I don’t necessarily agree. I liked them. They had their many flaws but they were trying so hard throughout the story. I did have a problem with Taylor’s involvement with Snow. I felt like she helped make her who she was. It was hard to read about her hovering at times. The dialogue is wonderful. The descriptions of Italy are fabulous. I always enjoy Delia Ephron’s writing style. Can’t wait for the next one!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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