Book Review

Summer on the Italian Lakes – Lucy Coleman

It’s my stop on the blog tour for “Summer on the Italian Lakes” by Lucy Coleman today. Many thanks to Lucy, and to Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


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…

Lakes yellow


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The thought of heading of to Lake Garda for writing retreat is heaven to me. I have a bit of a love affair with Italy, and having spent a day in Sirmione, during a holiday in Venice, I would love to explore the other towns and villages surrounding the lake. The descriptions of the Villa Monteverdi and the views over the lake took me right back to my various trips to Italy, and had me heading straight to the internet to try and decide where to visit next.

It was impossible not to fall for the charms of Arran Jamieson, and it was easy to see why Brie found herself for falling for him so quickly (no spoilers there, I am sure. It was obviously always going to go this way). I would have liked to have got to know more about the characters attending the retreat, and it was a shame that we really only got to see the guests for one week.

Despite the beautiful descriptions of the location, and the adorable hero, I’m afraid I did struggle a little with this book. Although I loved the premise and the story itself, the writing style was just not for me, and at times I felt like there was too much information being delivered that detracted from the story.  Obviously, writing style is very subjective, and I know other people who have read this and haven’t had a problem with it, but sadly it wasn’t for me. That said, I did appreciate the nod to the readers who write reviews.


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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Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs taking part in the tour.

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3 thoughts on “Summer on the Italian Lakes – Lucy Coleman”

  1. Even seeing the cover of this book has cheered me up this morning – It’s raining so hard here we have a literal waterfall coming off one of the roofs!
    An Italian writing retreat sounds like bliss right now!

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  2. Thanks much, Mai, for being on the tour – much appreciated! I always listen to honest, constructive feedback so thank you for that as I take everything on board when it comes to write future manuscripts. Have a wonderful weekend, lovely! It’s blowing a gale here, too …

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