Awhile back, I was looking for a Kindle book to fill an afternoon. This was available through Amazon's "loaner" book program for Prime subscribers, and I figured it was worth a look.
The bottom line: I wouldn't pay money for it, and it's definitely not the best-written book about Tuscany out there. But it's quick read, and the diary-like nature of it means there's a lot of detail about things people might care about.
Like shopping. If you read the reviews on Amazon, a lot of them complain that it's a "rich woman goes to Italy" sort of story. And it definitely is, to an almost-maddening degree in some ways. But even if I never go the places she went or buy the things she bought, the stories behind some of them are worthwhile.
The trip this book chronicles was quite a few years ago, before the travel-simplifying magic of the Internet was so all-encompassing. For that reason, the author's planning tips probably won't be of much use even to the rich people who are seeking similar accommodations. But I will say that her family's idea of creating a "base" from which to do some traveling but to really become part of one little area -- in their case a villa outside San Gimignano -- makes perfect sense no matter what kind of time or monetary budget you're working with.