Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman #Review #Giveaway


Lucy Coleman's Summer on the Italian Lakes is a great antidote to winter. There is also a great Giveaway to enter. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.



Escape with this sun-drenched, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of Snowflakes over Holly Cove.


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...



My Thoughts
What a beautiful setting for a refreshingly different romance novel this turned out to be. There are some lovely descriptive passages of the stunning Lake Garda and how inviting the writing retreat based there becomes. It is a great novel for anyone who is interested in the writing process and you cannot help but wonder whether Brie's writing routines mirror those of the author herself. The participants in the writing retreat add some spice to the first part of the book, all at different stages in their writing careers.

    I found the characters of Brie and Aaron to be well drawn and a little intriguing. It takes a while to wotk out Aaron but you soon realise that some of Brie's assumptions about him are far from the mark. Brie gets to work out what she really feels about romantic love and what is important in a relationship. Her two works in progress look at contrasting romantic or sexual situations and you begin to wonder whether they are in fact two sides of the same coin. Both sides present within one relationship. You also get to see how Brie's self- awareness develops and how unselfish and unmaterialistic she actually is. It is no surprise that she has a close circle of family and friends.

In short: Beautiful Lake Garda is the backdrop to a sparkling romance. 

About the Author


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.
You can follow Linn here: Facebook   |  Twitter  |  Website
Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US
Thanks to Linn and to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 



Catch up with the rest of the tour!
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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for being on the tour and taking the time to read and review - MUCH appreciated! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Brie's story and I guess there is a little bit of me in there. But Brie sort of took over. I will admit to now being on a healthy kick myself, as munching on chocolate and drinking copious cups of coffee while I spend hours writing wasn't the best thing to do ha! ha! Have a lovely weekend!

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