Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman: not just a summer read


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.

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My review

This fabulous author has done it again! Here’s yet another wonderfully entertaining novel that shares Lucy Coleman’s hallmark energy, humour, romance and liveliness with her other stories, but that’s all because each of her books is totally original and distinctive. You never know what enjoyable tale she’ll serve up next, or who she’ll create for us to meet.

Here we have Brianna who’s at a personal and creative low. Since she failed to quite fit in with her rock star boyfriend’s  brand image, he dumped her and poor Brie wallowed for a while. She’d still be wallowing if loving friends, family and publisher hadn’t given her a kind but stern talking to and made her grab hold of herself by the scruff of the neck and shake herself back into shape. Part of that process is a season at a writing retreat in Italy. I think it’s fair to say that the healing process goes extremely well… apart from a few little hitches on the way! But the course of true love never did run smooth…

The setting is truly idyllic, and you can feel the warmth and smell the flowers at the villa. Italy is essential to the story as this story simply couldn’t take place anywhere else. The characters we meet are fascinating and intriguing – even the unlikeable ones! – and make for great company for our heroine. She’s utterly sympathetic and charming, and always dignified, even when life serves up lemons. You’d love to have her as your best friend.

I adored this book, and I’m sure you will too. It makes for perfect summer reading, and spring, summer and autumn too!

Author bio

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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1 comment

  1. Aww … what an utterly gorgeous review – thank you SO much! I’m thrilled you enjoyed a little trip to the Italian lakes… goodness knows I think we could all do with a blast of sunshine! I so enjoyed writing this one, in fact it wrote itself as Brie was so infectious. Sometimes characters are like that and it got me through some very chilly autumnal months with a smile on my face! xx

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