I seem to be on an Italian theme now. And loving it!
I did not read the first book by this author so I had to read about it and find that their first base was Venice and then they just upped and came over to this small village in Tuscany redolent with olive groves, chestnut groves, a rural life style which was surreal in parts (idyllic to read about but I dont know about the practical side of actually living it).
She is a chef/writer of some acclaim, he is a banker and how they make this change and make it work is the story. Interspersed of course with glorious food and wine (receipes included), mouth watering receipes.
The story rambles on keeping in time with the seasons like agricultural communities all around the world. Life being dictated by nature and what has to be done now and what has to be done next month. The spirit of a rural community, everyone knowing everyone else and a lost tradition of helping out their neighbour and no question of "personal space"!
Altogether a very relaxing, beautiful book to read. Sadly I am coming to the end of my stay in Melbourne and today will be my last visit to the library to pick up four books which I have reserved. It will be lovely to get back home but for the moment it is a bit sad to leave not just the children but my first grandchild as well.