Aug 17, 2015

Sea Weekend Book Review: Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

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Review by Suze

After months of backpacking Amber is stranded in Italy. She doesn't have enough money for the plane ticket home, so she has to find a job. She finds a position as a teacher of a boy and a girl. They are twins and she's supposed to teach them English. They're living on Capri together with their older brother and housekeeper. Amber is hired before she can even say yes. She's supposed to stay at the villa. The job sounds ideal on paper, but in reality it's much more difficult. The twins are a challenge. Ever since their parents died they try to chase everyone away. Their brother Derio spends whole days in his office and hardly says a word. 

Amber is determined to give the job a serious try. She feels bad for Derio because he's lost so much. Slowly they're starting to get used to each other and he willingly spends time with her. Amber likes him, a lot actually. The twins are still out of control, but after learning the hard way that their actions have consequences they're giving Amber a serious chance. Which is a blessing as soon her job description changes from teacher to nanny. Her relationship with Derio keeps improving as well. Will her arrival at their home be a blessing for this family and what happens when Amber's supposed to go home?

Racing the Sun is a story about an American girl who starts to work for an Italian family. Amber wanted to travel to find herself, to find out what she really wants in life. Because of the job and the responsibility that comes with it she discovers that she's capable of so much more than she initially thought. Her insecurities are never completely gone, but she's getting more confident while caring for the twins. I loved to see her grow and to see her come out of her shell. She learns to stand up for herself and to like herself a lot more. 

Derio is a broken man and he's living a life in solitude. At first he hardly even talks to Amber, but she doesn't give up on him. I felt so bad for him and found him endearing. He's a sweet guy who has many problems. Instead of running away from them Amber helps him to face them. They're a wonderful match and I loved the chemistry between these two gorgeous people. The love scenes are fantastic and Karina Halle has done such a good job making them both meaningful and beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this amazing and wonderful love story. It was fun to learn more about Capri, I immediately wanted to pack my bags to explore the island. I highly recommend Racing the Sun, it's a fantastic summer story.  


  1. This book sounds super lovely, and I love the fact that it's set in Italy! I always think that books carry a little something extra when they're set somewhere new and exciting.

    The story of this one sounds like something I could really enjoy. I am already shipping Amber and Derio, because I feel like they could help each other grow (and be there for the twins, and help them, too). And it sounds like these two do have a beautiful relationship, so that's great!

    I must say that the cover is really eye-catching, and it seems like it suits the story well. I love it when that happens.

    I'm glad you liked this one, Suze! Lovely review :)

  2. I've read Katrina Halle's Love, In English and Love, In Spanish and I fell in love with both books. I really want to read this one as well. I highly suggest checking out Love, In English and Love, In Spanish if you enjoyed this one.


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