Thursday, 14 February 2019

Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman

Today I am so excited to bring you my review as part of the blog tour for this sunshine filled read from Lucy Coleman. Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take and for my copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Description
Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping - and steamy - love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling... Not only does she have writer's block, but she's a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.
So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer's retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda - owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson - could this be just the thing to fire up Brie's writing - and romantic - mojo?
Brie's sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer's very own happy- ever-after...
Escape the January blues with this sun-drenched, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove.

My Review
This book is the perfect read for a cold and wet February day as it will transport you to the sunshine and blue skies of Italy and leave you with a warm and cosy feeling inside. 
Brianna is a bestselling author in the grip of writers block after a very public break up with her rockstar boyfriend Paul. She retreats into herself after feeling humiliated by internet trolls after they attack her self confidence during her relationship with Paul. Thankfully her family and friends intervene and help Brianna out of the dark place she is hiding in. 
After a day visit to a spa with her best friend Mel, a swish new haircut and learning how to look after herself a bit more Brianna is soon starting to climb out of the shadows and get back to being her normal self and her confidence is growing by the day. 
When Brie is approached by her agent, and friend Carrie to go and work in Italy at a writing retreat for four weeks she is at first very reluctant to go. however, with a little persuasion, and being given the opportunity of being able to write again now her writers block has lifted she is soon boarding a flight and about to meet her host at the retreat, a fellow author Arran Jamieson. 
At first the two of them seem very guarded with each other, and neither of them wants to share much about themselves with each other, as the first week progresses they both start to let their guard down and share some information with each other and it isn't long before sparks start to fly between the pair of them. This helps enormously with Brie's writing and her creative juices are in full flow as she is not writing one book but two. One is a hot and steamy novel that Brie is famous for writing, but the other is a different book for her as she is writing a love story. 
 As they do get to know each other they start to learn so much about each others past and about how they became where they are today. Brie learns about the history of the villa and about how much it means to Arran, she also learns how close he is to losing all that he holds dear. As they get to know each other they realise just how much they care for each other but will they get their happy ending? 
I really loved this book from start to finish and I was absorbed from the first page to the last. There are so many twists and turns with the book you just need to read more to find out what happens next.  
I love how the book flowed and you get a great insight into the processes of writing a book and getting it published. The setting for the book sounds beautiful and it is described so well you can almost feel the sunshine on your back and it makes you want to reach for a chilled glass of wine. 
I am a big fan of Linn B. Halton and I'm really looking forward to seeing where her next book will take us. 

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About the Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today and I hope you enjoyed my review.

1 comment:

Linn B Halton and Lucy Coleman said...

Visiting here on Valentine's day is pure joy - not least because coffee and my Kindle are loves of my life so it feels like home to me ha! ha! Thank you so much, Kay, for your very lovely review and for being on the tour - MUCH appreciated lovely lady! I now have a BIG smile on my face - have a wonderful day!xx

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