Happy publication day to Sue Roberts and ‘My Summer of Love and Limoncello’. I am delighted (whilst being super poorly) to kicking off the blog tour for Sue’s book today – many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite, here is my review:
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 soon enough.
Treating best friends Cheryl and Emma to a girls’ 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?
What does TWG think?
This book definitely ticked my box for ‘up-lit’, even if the poor main character, Maisie, had her life spin on its axis. But as they say, ‘when life throws you lemons…’ or limoncello in this case!!!
I really enjoyed the relaxing, and easy to read vibe of the storyline as it wasn’t at all taxing and meant that I was able to lose myself in the storyline without worrying whether I was going to miss out in a vital piece of information.
Romance is featured in this book, naturally, and despite not being a big ol’ romantic myself, I enjoyed watching relationships blossom. However I did find it a little too cheesy at times, if not a little forced.
‘My Summer of Love and Limoncello’ an ideal holiday read, as well as being the ideal read to kick you up the backside and remind you just how important self care is. I did feel for Maisie but she showed that she was such a tough cookie, even if she did crumble at times. Cookie Monster would be proud!
A heartwarming, enjoyable novel which puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face.