Title: A Room with a View
Author: E.M. Forster
What it's about: Lucy Honeychurch and her chaperone Miss Bartlett are two Englishwomen staying in Florence, Italy for a time. In Florence, they stay at the Pension Bertolini, a popular hotel for English people. There are quite a few other guests, and among them are the Emersons, a father and son with Socialist leanings and behavior that is odd but harmless, but nevertheless scandalizes the rest of the guests. Lucy is drawn to the son, George, but she is confused by her feelings. In the end, she must sort through them and make the choice that will determine her happiness for the rest of her life.
What I thought: Beautiful, evocative prose. The descriptions and Forster's way with words had me enthralled the whole time. Lucy is a very real protagonist. She has her flaws and she's not particularly special in any way, but that just makes her story all the more relatable. The plot is simple enough, but the drama of it keeps you hooked until the resolution. Is it any wonder I was so excited to visit Florence and see the various locations of this book? I'm hoping to eventually get my hands on the movie version, too.
Overall: Simply a wonderful story.