Lilac Mills comes to the blog with a story of finding hope, words and a new connection with
Holiday in the Hills
It’s bad enough to lose your mojo and your publisher, but when that publisher is also your long-term relationship, and he’s dropped you for a younger version – things are pretty horrid. And that’s where Ivy is busily procrastinating with no new ideas, no new relationship on the horizon, and even more importantly, she’s out of ideas for how to change her life. Until her agent suggests she take a break to write – no phone, no wi-fi, no distractions, and suggests she goes to a rental house on Tenerife to find her mojo,
With a cleaner who speaks no English, and a pool-boy / gardener who is everything she’d imagined as a hero, Ivy is intrigued by Sebastian and imagines him as a fallen angel in the new story that is coming together nicely. Her ability to separate her imagined hero from the man standing in front of her isn’t the real problem, per se, but that difficulty (and imagined traits) does provide contrast with the actual Sebastian in many clever ways.
While slightly predictable, there is a mystery tossed into the mix that engages readers as they work to figure out the secrets, the whys and just where the connection between Ivy and Sebastian will lead, and if she’s merely ‘fitting him’ into her ‘idealized’ version of a partner…. Clever, fun and super sweet – sign me up for more “authors finding their mojo” stories.
Title: Holiday in the Hills
Author: Lilac Mills
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Canary Islands
Published by: Canelo
Published on: 8 October, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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How do you write a romance novel with a broken heart?
Ivy is suffering from writer’s block after a disastrous affair with her (now ex) publisher. Her agent suggests an extended holiday to get her writing career back on track – a month’s stay in a stunning villa on the gorgeous island of Tenerife.
No WiFi, no TV, no distractions.
Except for the very attractive, very lovely Sebastián who comes by every day to clean the pool. Soon Ivy’s on a roll with her new novel and her relationship with Sebastián is growing into something more, despite the secrets he’s keeping.
But her ex isn’t done with her – professionally or personally. And with Sebastián keeping secrets, maybe a return to London is best…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.