Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman
Published: 5th February 2019
Available on Kindle
The feel-good read of 2019, perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Karen SwanBestselling
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. What readers are saying about Lucy Coleman...
Summer on the Italian Lakes is the third novel by Lucy Coleman and personally I think it is her best yet. The cover is beyond gorgeous and I’m sure enough to entice anyone to read and once you get past the first page you’ll be as engrossed as I was.
Brianna Middleton is a romance writer who’s well-known for her saucy sex scenes and more recently her failed relationship with heart-throb Paul. Burying herself in her cottage is all Brie’s done for the last few months but now its time to face the world again and after a make-over from best friend Mel Brie’s ready to pick up her healthy lifestyle once more and find some inspiration for her next novel.
Her editor Carrie has just the solution, four weeks spent in on the shores of Lake Garda helping fellow writer Arran Jamison run his writing retreat. A change of scenery is just what Brie needs but when she arrives in Italy its not just the beautiful countryside which makes its way into Brie’s heart.
Anything which is set in Italy is a winner for me as its somewhere I long to go and in this book Lucy Coleman has really brought a sense of the relaxed Italian way of life into the book and I would just adored it if I could go stay in Arran’s villa as it sounds like an absolute dream, especially that library.
I loved the chemistry between Brie and Arran and how their relationship grew but for me the best aspect of this novel was perhaps the whole writing process which Brie and Arran explain through their retreat, I found it all fascinating. Don’t worry if this is not your thing though as it doesn’t overwhelm the romance, for me it just made it more interesting.
Like any relationship Brie and Arran have their ups and downs and Lucy Coleman has made theirs interesting by adding one or two unexpected twists.
I loved everything about this book, for me it was perfection. I adored Brie from the start as I could totally relate to her weight concerns and loved how she would help those around her instantly when they needed her. The setting is gorgeous and the whole story flows beautifully. It’s a book filled with different emotions and had me both laughing and crying in places, a truly marvellous story and I’m so looking forward to her next one.
Thank you to Aria for sending me a copy to review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
About the Author
Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.