Thursday 14 February 2019

Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman 
Release Date: 5th February 2019
Publisher: Aria
Genres:  Romance

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 winter blues with this sun-drenched, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove.

I can't think of a better book to have on the blog on Valentine's Day than Summer on the Italian Lakes! The amazingly talented Lucy Coleman has once again grabbed my imagination and held on tight throughout this wonderful book. Set in Italy, it already scored brownie points with me as I'm trying to write my own novel which is partially set in Italy. When I opened the pages of this book I was instantly transported there. Lucy Coleman has such a wonderful descriptive style that you really get a sense of place and people when you read this book.

I love the idea of a romance writer who has a distinct lack of romance in her life. Steamy words bouncing off the pages of the books she writes. Not so much happening away from her writing. Hurt and publicly humiliated when she is dumped by her celebrity boyfriend, Brie is smarting from a broken heart and a distinct attack of writers block!   Lake Garda is on my bucket list and thanks to this book I really did feel I was there. Plus, the book was about authors and writing and all the things I adore! Its almost like Lucy Coleman had reached inside my head and picked out all the things I love in a good novel and put them in this book! For me as an aspiring writer this book simply intrigued me. It had all the elements of a fantastic romance as well as some fascinating insights into the writing world.

When Brie is offered the opportunity to go to a writing retreat in Italy she could never have predicted what would happen. Fellow author Arran needs some help with his own writing but very quickly romance blossoms. I really enjoyed how Brie and Arran's relationship developed. If you can't find love in Italy by the beautiful Lake Garda then where can you find it? Lucy Coleman introduces us to a host of characters who really compliment the story adding lots of different dimensions. But, this is not a story without some complications and interesting back stories to intrigue and really pull the story line together. I can't say enough wonderful things about Summer on The Italian Lakes except to say go read it. Its an absolute treat and one that we could all use! Right up there on my list of highly recommended reads!  


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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One Response so far.

  1. I think we should jet off to Italy together and find a writing retreat of our own, Debbie ha! ha! Think of the peace and quiet to write ... The joy of being an author though is that we get to spend our days wherever we want. What could be more fun than that??? Thank you so much for your lovely review and kind words. I can't wait to read yours ... hopefully very soon! xx

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