Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Women in Sunlight

The new novel from the mega bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun about four American expats and strangers who become unexpected friends during one magical Italian autumnThree American women--new friends, all older single women--have taken a lease on a stone manse in Tuscany. They are escaping, reinventing, reevaluating, the fates expected of them as aging women in America. They are novices in a foreign culture, figuring out the day to day, ...

Details Women in Sunlight

TitleWomen in Sunlight
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreFiction, Cultural, Italy, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Women in Sunlight

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    ☀ 3.5 sunlit stars to Women in Sunlight, a novel of Tuscany! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5 Frances Mayes is back with a new novel of Tuscany. This time, there are three American friends who have leased a mansion. An expat is living next door, and her quiet life is completely disrupted by the arrival of these women. The backstory is that each of these friends were about to begin living in a retirement home (shoutout to Chapel Hill, NC!), but instead, decided to...
  • Susan Johnson
    I really wanted to like this book better than I did. It has its elements. It's about three women in their 60's who decide against retirement home living and decide to rent a villa in Tuscan. What a wonderful idea. They are all healthy, talented and have money. They are not dependent on their Social Security checks. They drop $1000 on old books without a blink of an eye, They cart home cases of wine and armloads of flowers. They are not worried ab...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com3.5 starsIf you can’t get to Italy in a hurry, the next best thing to a plane ticket to one of Europe’s most culturally rich locales is to pick up a Frances Mayes novel. The bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun fame returns with a fictional tale of Kit, a writer and expat, who has lived in the quaint Italian town of San Rocco for over a decade. Her life is disrupted in a gratuitous manner when three...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    After reading the summary of this novel, I thought that I would like it but I never expected to love it as much as I did. This novel is the stories of these four (technically five if you include Margaret) women and their own personal journeys---both physical in location as well as emotional. If you want to potentially give yourself an existential crisis, this would be the read to pick up. That isn't necessairily a bad thing. Even though the women...
  • Leigh Kramer
    2.5/3 starsWhat I liked: the focus on older characters (Camille is 69, Julia is 59, and Susan is 64), the way the three start fresh in Italy, one part of Kit's storyline (this may be a spoiler but it happens somewhat early on: (view spoiler)[she gets unexpectedly pregnant for the first time at age 44 (hide spoiler)].)Where I struggled:The structure was really confusing. This is written in first person and third person present tense. But it's also...
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNAB It took me about twice as long as normal to finish this novel because I had to stop and cook and eat so many times! This is one of those books that awake you to the extraordinary friends you need to touch base with, the pasta you haven't made lately, the clothes you don't have yet and the travel you need to erase from your bucket list and just order tickets. And if you paid attention you will know to leave the return trip date open. Three mi...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes is a book that will appeal to those who enjoy travel and learning about other cultures. The story has some wonderful elements that describe life in Tuscany and the concept is quite interesting. Unfortunately, there are just too many characters to keep track of in the novel, which distracts the reader from the main plot.Full review on The Candid Cover
  • JoAnn
    4.5 / 5 starsReview coming soon, but add this to your summer reading list now!
  • Patty
    Women In SunlightByFrances MayesWhat it's all about...Three women meet at an open house for an over 55 village and based on their compatibility and other interests...decide to rent a house together in Italy. They arrive, they fall in love with Italy and most of its people and they learn, they grow, they expand their lives. They actually make their lives better. They travel all over Italy. They cook. They eat. They taste wines. They either renew t...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    While I've loved Frances Mayes's memoirs about her life in her dream house in Tuscany, I find her fiction a little too chick-lit for me. I know all that wine and olive oil plays a big part in her actual life and would love to read more about that, but when translated into a fictional setting, ironically does not work for me.
  • Joan Austen
    I slugged through this book out of respect for the author who wrote the marvelous Under the Tuscan Sun, as it is her first novel set in Italy, but I really think she should stick to travel memoirs or poetry. Three older (in their sixties) women rent a villa in Tuscany for a year instead of moving to a retirement home – such a promising premise, such a disappointing execution. (Isn't 60 a little young to be in a retirement home anyway, wasn't th...
  • Neil Plakcy
    What a lovely, lyrical book! I admire the way Mayes is able to differentiate between the poetic first person voice (Poet Kit Raines) and the more prosaic third person which follows the three Americans. It was tough to keep Susan, Julia and Camille separate at first, though after a while they gelled as unique individuals. At first the author's tendency to jump in and out of characters' points of view was confusing, but eventually I gave in and let...
  • Kim
    I actually finished this book a few weeks ago. First, let me say how thrilled I was when I saw that Frances Mayes had a new book coming out, and then to request and receive a free copy of it electronically? I was thrilled!I fell in love with the book almost from the start. The characters are all at about the same point in life; women of a certain age and stage, all contemplating settling into life at a facility that makes life easier for seniors....
  • Suzanne
    I am one of author Frances Mayes many fans, at least I thought I was. And she writes of places/topics close to my heart: the SF Bay Area, North Carolina, seasonal cooking, and replacement families forged from heartache. WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT touches all of those topics, dutifully. Therein lies the problem with this book. It lacks cohesion. There is always a problem when the narrator is required to explain the connective tissue of the various strands ...
  • Jackie
    Whose voice is it?This story boggled me. Never was sure who was telling the story and what on earth Margaret had to do with anything. Sorry I wasted my time reading this.
  • Christine Lussier
    I received a digital copy of Women In Sunlight from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I like some of Frances Mayes work, others, not so much. Women in Sunlight was a nice escape from the crazy February weather. Three random women meet at a senior living housing presentation, become unlikely friends & move to Italy. Kit & Colin are already living there, also from the States.The book jumps around depending on how the story is being told, w...
  • Carolyn
    I really enjoyed Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes. Hearing about Tuscany and other places like Burano and Venice. I could feel the warmth of the sunny piazzas, see the bright crimson bougainvillea and summer flowers of Italy and taste the foods of summer! Some of them festive. It was a beautifully presented book and perfect reading for those of you wishing to capture part of Tuscany, the language, sights, architecture, wine and cuisine.
  • Onceinabluemoon
    4.5 rounding up. For chic lit this hits all my buttons, I listened to the audio while gardening for two days, I was in bliss, how could I not love creating an Italian garden, the lush talk of Italian food, travel, new experiences surrounded with friends. Of course there is female dreams, trauma and loss, but the whole ambiance of Italy dripped off the pages. Loved women in sunlight as I too was under that same sun enjoying that warm book of frien...
  • Jamie Jones Hullinger
    I was a Goodreads Giveaway Winner! Here is my honest review:I found this to be a lovely story revolving around the power of female friendship.  Camille, Susan and Julia decide to take charge of their lives after being widowed and experiencing a upheaval in the family.  Each lady is contemplating purchasing space at a senior living complex but instead decide to become friends and reside in Italy for a year.  Clearly they made the right decision...
  • Peebee
    I expected to like this book much more than I actually did. It’s probably more of a 3.5 rating, but it’s so long that by the time the book started to get better in the end, I was almost over it. It’s very Italian, in that it felt like the author was working for the tourism authority in her laborious descriptions of just how beautiful everything is, and that those descriptions were excessively ornate without a ton of substance. There were so...
  • Deana
    This book could have been very good as some of the storylines had me invested in the characters and wanting to turn the page; however there were too many storylines and characters. The author also tends to over-describe the scenes, I found myself skimming some of the paragraphs.
  • Terri
    This was the first book I've read through First to Read. I started the book and thought, "What have I done?" I was basically lost for at least the first half of the book. Lots of Italian words (although she does define some in later sentences) and lots of words in English that I didn't know the meaning of. I was glad I was reading on my tablet so that I could instantly look most of them up. However, it was very distracting and disruptive to the s...
  • Amara
    I liked this better than her "Under Magnolia" book, as it was a little more concrete, and a little less impressionistic. However there were still some passages that were confusing. Lots of jumping around on point of view, and I agree with another reviewer that one of the storylines (her Margaret friend) should probably have been axed. Overall, it felt literary in places, where I could have used just straightforward travel fiction. That is just my...
  • Raidene
    I have been a fan of Frances Mayes since she wrote Under the Tuscan Sun and her other nonfiction titles that offer the reader all the delights of the Italian people, cuisine, history and landscape. Her poetic prose transports you the way the best travel writers do. I wanted to love this fiction title.It has an interesting premise of three older American women escaping the idea of moving to a seniors only living community and renting a Tuscan vill...
  • Mellie Antoinete
    3.5 ⭐! The author is her own best muse! This engaging Golden Girls meets Under the Tuscan Sun/Barefoot Contessa is a fun Bildungsroman of time on your hands in the great Retirement (the “R” word!) pie in the sky. When 3 ladies meet scoping out a run down retirement community, they opt to throw caution to the wind and rent a villa in Tuscany instead. Life changing. I would vote this is perfect as a library read or one of those $1.99 kindle s...
  • Lexy Martin
    I've always loved France more than Italy, but this book made me want to go experience living in Italy. Or at the very least learning how to cook delicious country Italian food. A really heart-warming story of 3 older women and one younger and their stories of transitions -- one to realizing what a spectacular artist she is, one becoming a master gardener, and another a master cook and the fourth having a child in her mid forties. I love Mayes' wr...
  • Janet
    I ended up liking this book very much. Listened on audio and didn't like the narrator at first, but that happens to me often. I find I grow accustomed to the last narrator I listened to and it takes me a while to like the new one. A story of 3 women who meet at an open house for a retirement complex who decide to rent a villa in Italy instead! It was lots of fun imagining living in Italy.
  • Beth
    Truly enjoyed this book and became invested in the lives of all the characters. Tuscany was already on my bucket list, but its at the top now!
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    I’m a fan of France Mayes book.This was a lovely book female friendship woman of a certain sage thinking of retirement homes form a bond & stay in Italy.Full Of warmth yummy food atmosphere a lovely read,