I admit it - I am having a long-running love affair. It's okay, though - my husband was aware of it when we got married. The object of my affections? Italy. Swoon. I will happily admit to a slight (okay, more than slight) obsession with Italy. The food, the wine, the art, the history, the architecture, the beautiful countryside. . . I love it all. So it's no surprise that I adore Under the Tuscan Sun. Frances Mayes' memoir of buying and restoring a Tuscan villa is a beautifully written ode to her own love affair with Italy - the good, the bad, and the funny. Mayes is a poet, so her language is wonderfully lyrical - rich and evocative. It really creates a visual of the Tuscan countryside and people for the reader. I find myself returning to this book whenever I desperately need, but can't take, a vacation. If you love travel, Italy, or just a good story about interesting people, you will enjoy this book.