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A Thousand Days in Tuscany, the sequel to A Thousand Days in Venice finds Marlena and Fernando moved from the bustle of Venice to the quiet countryside of Tuscany. While they try to find their piece with the seasonal rhythms of the village, they also balk at convention, trying to bring their own version of rural life to fruition. For example, Marlena to the astonishment of her neighbors, has a wood oven built in her yard so she can make her own bread.
A Thousand Days in Venice is a more hectic book with the clashing of American and Italian culture and the race to get married. There is also the underlying question of Marlena's sanity in marrying a man she barely knows, having just met in on a business trip to Venice. All those distractions are gone in the sequel. Save for a brief moment where Marlena questions her decision to remarry and then to move the countryside, the book is more just a leisurely observation of life in her new home, a taste of the local recipes (many of which are included in the book) and an introduction to the local customs.