Comments for Tourmaline
The back of the book description of Tourmaline by Joanna Scott says it's about an American family traveling to an island off the coast of Italy hoping to make a fortune in gemstones. I suppose that story is in there somewhere but I never found it.
The problem is, the book is written as a breezy conversation or perhaps a monolog. The protagonist rambles on about Elba, the trip, bits and pieces of history and various people met at different times. I kept hoping things would settle down but it never seemed to. The book from start to finish just rambled on with calls to remember this or remember that.