Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman @LucyColemanAuth @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Wednesday and Happy 16th Birthday to my youngest son! I’m certain he looks at my blog every day!😉

Excited to share with you my review for this delightful story full of romance and amore! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Lucy Coleman for her wonderful story!💕

Summer on the Italian Lakes

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 Thoughts

Now that’s AMORE!

A sweet love story that will make you want to visit Italy, write a book, and fall in love! This really is the perfect romance for any book lover… A delightful romantic story peppered with inside information on publishing and writing… I have no aspirations of being an author, but there were times during this book I thought I should give it a go, but no worries I change my mind! I strategically avoided all papers or as many as possible while I was in college, an English major I am not!

Brie is a romance writer who leans more towards the steamier side of things… unfortunately her own life isn’t quite as romantic or steamy as those in her books… after a bad and fairly public break up Brie hits rock-bottom, her friends and family are so concerned if they stage an intervention… soon after Brie finds herself heading to Italy to teach at a writers retreat… there she meets academic writer and host Arran, a man who Brie believes does not have a romantic bone in his body….. but with time and as these two get to know each other better, she finds out that romance comes in all shapes and forms… she also finds out that love is never simple… so will these to be able to overcome love’s messiness? You’ll need to read this book to find out!

Brie was such a fun real and relatable character! I thinkt her insecurities and doubts will resonate with many readers as well as her dreams and romantic hopes… likewise Arran was a relatable character he was loving but not necessarily “romantic“…. their Romance was so sweet although a bit speedy… something else I really found fascinating about this book was all the writing and publishing tidbits, I admire author so much and it was interesting to see how their minds work….

A lovely story full of wonderful characters, a Beautiful setting, and Un sacco di amore! Recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head!

(In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here’s what they say)
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella
When the stars make you drool just like a pasta e fasul
That’s amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You’re in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not
Dreaming signore
Scuzzi me, but you see, back in old Napoli
That’s amore
When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore
Bells will…

*** A huge thank you to Aria for my copy of this book ***

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Author Bio –

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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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook

Happy hump day book lovers!

Today I am so excited to share with you my audiobook review of this brilliant debut thriller! This is a definite can’t miss and was so spectacular on audio!🎧🎨 also as an added bonus I have a little Guest review from my mom, the woman who taught me to love and appreciate books! I will periodically be bringing you many reviews from her, she is the English major after all!💕

  • My Thoughts

  • This book was… simply bRILLIANT! Fraught with tension and an urgency that made me fly through the story!
  • This book has been billed as the “debut thriller of 2019“ and can I just say, it just might be! Bravo Alex Michealides! This was one heck of a debut! A well-crafted, perfectly paced story, that I believe will please even the pickiest thriller lover! This was a unique take on a psychological thriller, seriously the entire book was a twist, because I never knew in what direction it was going….
  • Alicia has been convicted of shooting her husband five times in the face… she was discovered with the gun in hand, covered in blood, and did not offer up a word of defense… not only that she has not spoken a single word since the murder… she now resides at the Grove a psychiatric hospital in northern London…. Theo is a criminal psychotherapist who is obsessed with the mute Alicia… convinced he can get her to talk, he gets hired at the Grove and insists on treating her… why won’t Alicia talk? Why is Theo so obsessed? Why would a seemingly happy wife murder her husband? What really happened that night? These are just a few questions that ran through my head throughout this book…
  • The story is primarily told from Theos point of view… although it is quite remarkable how much Alicia said with her silence… Theo is a complicated character in his own right, with troubles and issues of his own… we learned about Alicia and her marriage through Theos eyes, as he investigated and interviewed those that had known her and her husband Gabriel… we also got an even more personal glimpse into Alicia‘s psyche when she revealed her journal to Theo… nothing in this book was ever quite as it seemed….
  • This was a complicated tale bursting with misdirection and an ending that will make you gasp! I was thinking what? How did I miss this? Someday time permitting I’d like to go back and read this again, and find the clues the author left behind, because I did not see that ending coming! Absolutely recommend this one should not be missed!
  • 🎧🎧🎧 I was fortunate enough to listen to this one on audio and can I just say it was stellar! Jack Hawkins did an amazing job of bringing the character of Theo to life, there really is nothing better than listening to a book that takes place in England with that posh English accent in your ear! Louise Brealey voiced Alicia, another English accent I could listen to all day. It was interesting because I was discussing this book with my mom who does not listen to audiobooks (shame on her) and I think the characters were so much more likable for me because I had more of a connection with them through their voices. Does this make sense? To clarify she love the book, I just think I saw some things a little differently because I had a little more of a personal connection. Audiobooks really do add another dimension to the story, in my humble opinion.
  • 🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! OK I know this is not politically correct, but seriously this was the song running through my head during this book 🙃
  • … See a clinic full of cynics
    Who want to twist the peoples’ wrist
    They’re watching every move we make
    We’re all included on the list
    … The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    … No nuclear the cowboy told us
    And who am I to disagree
    ‘Cause when the madman flips the switch
    The nuclear will go for me
    … The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    … I’ve seen the faces of starvation
    But I just can not see the points
    ‘Cause there’s so much food here today
    That no one wants to take away
    … The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum, take away my right to choose
    The lunatics…
  • *** A huge thank you to Macmillan Audio for my copy of this book ***

My Mom’s Thoughts

The author of THE SILENT PATIENT made a wise career move when he decided to write a novel instead of a screenplay.  What a trip he takes the reader on with a calm narrator and a mute patient towards a shocking reveal.  Nothing was quite the way it seemed to be and the truth was well hidden.  A quick, captivating read you won’t soon forget.

About the Book

“That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzingI quite literally couldnt put it down.” A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the WindowThis program includes a bonus interview with the author.Promising to be the debut of the season The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a womans act of violence against her husbandand of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motiveAlicia Berensons life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of Londons most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.Alicias refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivationsa search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. More praise for The Silent Patient: Absolutely brilliant I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement. Stephen Fry Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense – a very fine novel by any standard. Lee ChildThe Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a bad 

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨