Sue Roberts comes to the blog today with her latest release, a story of love, friendship, opportunities and second chances in
My Summer of Love and Limoncello
Maisie has had a rough go of it the last little bit – her husband was cheating on her at their work, catching him not long after losing her Mum and still worried about her Dad. Squeaking by in a little one bedroom flat and working two jobs, her already depressing situation is preying on her mind, as she’s worried about her depression returning and gaining more of a foothold. She’s tired of the Liverpool rainy and grey days, is finding it harder to just ‘brush off’ little annoyances, and feeling stuck as she can’t afford a getaway. But, her obsession with entering contests for travel abroad turns up a winner, and a prize of a week’s stay in Tuscany with some spending money arrives in the post. Feeling like she’d like her two best friends to come along, soon Maisie, Emma and Cheryl are soaking up the sun and ambiance in a holiday apartment, with nothing more than a week of sunshine, sights and good food ahead.
Far from being a travelogue story, although we are given moments in Florence, Siena and Pisa as well as the little village near the apartment and the accommodations themselves, the story is a rebirth for all three women: giving them a change of perspective to look back on their lives at home in Liverpool and to think of what they may want. Most daring of all, surprisingly, is Maisie, for with her marriage ending, and nothing all that exciting to return back for, an accident in which she was hit crossing the road in Florence may just have provided her with the clearance to think seriously about staying, at least for the summer. With a budding romance with Gianni, son of the couple that owns the holiday let, and an offer of a job from a local vintner who needs help with customers after their vineyard and tasting tours, she’s got opportunity and options open – and a new outlook as both the sunshine and the lifestyle seem to suit both her mood and her heart.
Much like the other two I’ve read from Roberts, the “escape for more” feeling and plot is strong in this book – and the characters manage to grab every opportunity with a spirit that is lightened and enhanced with the weather and the ‘vacation’ vibe. With solid characters, some seriously lovely descriptions of food and wine, and a clear glut of bonhomie and heart warned in the Tuscan sun, the story is that perfect getaway read for the rather dull and grey weather as spring seems so far away.
Title: My Summer of Love and Limoncello
Author: Sue Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Italy
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 6 March, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Three best friends, Italian sunshine and a handsome stranger can fix just about anything… Can’t it?
Maisie Knight had it all. A gorgeous husband. A successful business. A beautiful home. Until one day, after walking into the storeroom of their shop, she loses it all at once – catching her husband cheating on her with the girl from Checkout 3. So when she wins a holiday to Italy, a week under the Tuscan sun couldn’t come sooner.
Treating best friends Cheryl and Emma to a girl’s trip, the terracotta-roofed Villa Marisa on a rustic farm awaits them. The fields of golden sunflowers could be the perfect cure for Maisie’s broken heart – and local farmer, suspiciously perfect Gianni, with his thick black hair and twinkling brown eyes is a welcome distraction from her broken heart.
Mornings waking up to freshly brewed coffee and views of the rolling hills, moped rides with cheeky Italians, and feasts of prosecco and pasta help Maisie forget her troubles. After all her heartache, she’s surprised when she starts opening up to Gianni – she’s even more surprised when the temperature rises and it’s not just the rays of the Italian sunshine…
Maisie could get used to the good life. But just as she’s getting her spark back, disaster strikes. The next thing she knows, her past is catching up with her, reopening old wounds and Maisie has a life-changing decision to make. Should she say ciao to her summer of love and limoncello?
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.
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