Frances Mayes is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life
has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her
with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed. Her best friend,
Patti, is beginning to think that she might never recover. "Dr. Patti's"
prescription: 10 days in Tuscany. It's there, on a whim, that Frances
purchases a villa named Bramasole--literally, "something that yearns for
the sun." The home needs much restoration, but what better place for a
new beginning than the home of the Renaissance? As she flings herself
into her new life at the villa in the lush Italian countryside, Frances
makes new friends among her neighbors but in the quiet moments, she is
fearful that her ambitions for her new life--and new family--may not be
realized, until a chance encounter in Rome throws Frances into the arms
of an intriguing Portobello antiques dealer named Marcello. Even as she
stumbles forward on her uncertain journey, one thing becomes clear: in
life, there are second chances.
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A divorced American writer in her mid-30s gives up everything and moves to Italy in search of a new, more romantic life.
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