Book review: Lucy Coleman, Summer on the Italian Lakes

the writing retreat on the italian lake

Something different on the blog today, delving into contemporary fiction for a change, reading Summer on the Italian Lakes, by Lucy Coleman. It isn’t historical fiction, but it features a writer who goes off to Italy for a writing retreat, and having done that myself, how could I resist taking part in this blog tour?

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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.

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I really enjoyed this book, bringing some much-needed sunshine to a very grey week of commuting. Reading of Brie’s adventures in the Italian sunshine was fun, and the fast pace of things kept me turning the pages, desperate to know how things would pan out for her and Arran. I have to say that as a writer too, I enjoyed reading it. There’s a lot about the actual writing workshops, run by Brie and Arran, and the discussions were fun.

All the characters are well-drawn and rounded, from Brie’s best friend, and her agent, to the range of writers who attend the workshops. Even characters we only meet briefly are captured in sufficient detail to bring the whole story to life. The romances in the book are believable, and you want the people involved to be happy, having grown to like them, and want the best.

The only downside? It could cost you a holiday to Italy; if you’re anything like me, you’ll be inspired to look at flights to Italy as soon as you finish the final page. Highly recommended.

About the author

lbhFrom 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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3 thoughts on “Book review: Lucy Coleman, Summer on the Italian Lakes

  1. Thanks so much for your lovely review, Jennifer, and for being on the tour! Actually, it’s made me long to go back to the lakes, too … but I hope people who haven’t added it to their destination list are tempted. It’s a setting that’s almost too perfect to be true! Now all we need is a little sunshine to warm us over here … Happy Tuesday, to you!

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