Today I’m taking part in this blog tour. Having read and enjoyed Snowflakes over Holly Cove I was excited when I heard about the tour for this book and had to be involved. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and letting me have a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: 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.
My Review: I love Italy and many years ago was lucky enough to be able to visit Lake Garda (though I stayed further up the lake than where the book is set). As I’ve said already I’ve read Snowflakes Over Holly Cove and having read that, and given the setting of this book I was excited to read this too. Much of the book is set on Lake Garda but we begin by meeting Brie who has been struggling recently with writing and life in general. I have to admit I didn’t warm to her immediately, I felt she over-analysed everything and came across as a bit superior sounding but once she got to Italy I began to see another side of her, and her character developed into one which was more like someone I would be happy to meet. I found Arran a bit straight-laced and overly descriptive to start with but that fitted his academic background perfectly and again, his character developed through the course of the book.
The biggest and best character in the book was by far, the country itself. The villa, lake and nearby town were scene stealers. I could absolutely visualise myself sitting outside in the shade enjoying the view, with a good book, or exploring Arran’s amazing library which reminded me so much of the one in Beauty and the Beast. The combination of the setting, the main characters and the drama cause and created by the other characters in the book is enough to make the story flow well and the chapters to whizz by. I did feel that sometimes 8 words were used instead of 3 but as I got further into the story I stopped noticing. I got caught up in the whirlwind that was Brie and Arran and was excited to see what happened next.
I like stories which have endings that leave you knowing where the characters have got to, have a good amount of resolution in them but also a hint at where their lives could be headed next so that you can imagine that after you turn that last page they are still there living out their lives behind the scenes. This book delivers exactly that, the ending fitted the story perfectly and left it in such a way that we can imagine where the main characters lives are headed but also leaves room for a second book if the author chooses to write another one.
If you’re looking for an escape from the winter weather, or can’t manage a summer escape then this is the ideal book to give you some sunshine and warmth and that nice, cosy feeling inside. Perfect with a big mug of hot chocolate or a chilled glass of something, depending on when and where you are when you’re reading it.
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.
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