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?
A laugh-out-loud page turner about second chances, finding happiness when you least expect it and the restorative power of Italian food! Fans of Carole Matthews and Sophie Kinsella will be totally hooked by My Summer of Love and Limoncello.
Escape to Italy with My Summer of Love and Limoncello:
‘I absolutely loved the story… captivating’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Fun, friendship and a Mediterranean setting… I read this in a couple of days as I found I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Lighthearted, enjoyable and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside… had all of Sue Roberts’ usual banter and warmth and I was soon dreaming of being in Italy and wishing for summer to come! Another great novel by this talented author. A perfect summer read.’ The Cosiest Corner
‘This is a delightful read where summer sun and friendship is what is needed.’ Chells and Books
‘What a delightful read!... Full of warmth, humour and culture… I was happy to immerse myself in this book!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Heartwarming and captivating and I felt myself get lost in the Tuscan setting every time I picked up this book. Will have you in a summer haze in no time!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Will make you long for your own Tuscan adventure.’ Goodreads reviewer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is a sweet story of love in Tuscany. Filled with loads of details of the scenery, food, wine, and Italian hunks, it will make you want to go over for a holiday yourself. especially if you're single. ;) If you're not a fan of detail, you probably won't enjoy it a whole lot and find yourself skipping to the romantic parts, which can be a bit sparse and feel a bit more matter-of-fact than moments that fully engage the senses. Nevertheless, it's very readable, and a great beach read.
What a wonderful, "gentle" read. This book won't take you on a roller coaster ride of angst. Instead, you will take a relaxing, wonderful holiday in Tuscany with its main character! Maisie Knight's life has been in an upheaval since she discovered her husband Harry was having an affair with one of the cashiers at his store. Reeling from a divorce and the loss of the home that she loved, Maisie is trying to get her life back on track when she finds out that she's won a week's vacation at a farmhouse villa in Tuscany, Italy. She invites her two best friends--Emma and Cheryl--to join her on the vacation. Author Sue Roberts describes the vacation with descriptions that make you feel like you are also there. (As someone who loves to travel, but can't do so right now, I love books like this!) They explore local restaurants and regional cooking, a vineyard, the small towns around the farm where they are staying, and bigger cities like Pisa, Siena and Florence. They also experience the fun flirtiness of several single young Italian men in the area. Maisie catches the eye of Gianni, the 40-year-old son who takes care of the farm where she's staying. Throughout the book, Roberts slowly develops their relationship from curiosity about each other to a deepening affinity and then love. But Maisie wonders if it could really have a relationship with Gianni, since she lives in Englandand he is quite happy and prosperous as a farmer in Tuscany. (A pig farmer!) When Harry unexpectedly shows up in Italy and says he wants to get back together, Maisie is thrown for a loop and confused about whether she really belongs in Italy, or whether she should go back to her life in Liverpool, Eventually, she grows to realize who she is and what she really wants out of life. This is a nicely paced book that takes you along not only on Maisie's Italian vacation, but on her journey of discovery. It's a nice read for a weekend when you just want to relax and enjoy a good story!