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?
I have been a fan of Sue and her books for quite a while now. When you pick up a book written by her, you know you are in for one hell of a read, which is guaranteed to lift even the lowest of spirits. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of ‘My Summer Of Love & Limoncello’ and as soon as I got the chance, I dived straight in. Oh my giddy aunt, Sue Roberts has done it again! She has written one hell of a fantastic book, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.
I took to the character of Maisie Knight from the start and by the time I finished reading the book, I felt as though Maisie was a firm friend of mine. I felt protective of Maisie too. At the start of the book she is married to an apparently lovely man, who works hard in his chain of shops. Maisie goes to find her husband one day at the shop but she finds him in a one to one ‘meeting’ with the floozy from Checkout 3. I don’t think much talking was taking place if you get my drift!! People sometimes say that you have to hit the lowest point possible to be able to appreciate just what is important in life and who your friends really are. That’s certainly what happens to Maisie I think. Her luck changes when she wins a holiday and she treats her best friends to a break. Whilst on the break Maisie gets her life back again and she meets the lovely sounding Gianni. There’s definitely a spark between the two of them. I couldn’t help but hope that Maisie would be able to live the happy life that she so deserves. As for those who upset Maisie, well I could have quite cheerfully jumped inside the pages of the book to slap the offending pond life silly with a wet flip flop.
This book grabbed my attention from the start and it had me chuckling away almost straight away. ‘My Summer Of Love & Limoncello’ was the perfect tonic of a read that I so needed. I was becoming increasingly anxious about an upcoming operation and I needed cheering up. This book certainly cheered me up and then some. In fact I had to be careful when I laughed because I didn’t want to make my back pain any worse!! Sue has one of those writing styles that is easy to get along with and easy to follow. I was swept along by the story and if I closed my eyes, I could easily imagine that I was in Italy with the sun beating down on my face, instead of being in a little village in North East England being pelted by the rain, which is where I was.
I became addicted to reading this book and read it over the space of a day and a bit. I couldn’t put the book down because I simply had to read on to see if Maisie found happiness, to see if Gianni was as good as he first appeared and to see if Maisie’s ex-husband got what he deserved. The more I read, the further into the story I got and the more I wanted to read. The pages turned over increasingly quickly and I seemed to race to the end in next to no time. I lost all sense of time whilst reading this book and when I checked to see how much I had read, I was stunned to realise that three hours had gone past and I had read a fair chunk of the book.
In short, Sue Roberts has done it again and written a belter of a book, which is destined to become a bestseller. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. I would definitely recommend her and her books to other readers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.