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Release Date: 5th February 2019 / Publisher: Aria

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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My Review

What better way to blow away the cold February cobwebs than to escape to the Italian Lakes!  Author, Brianna Middleton is struggling with her work.  Not only does she have writer’s block, but the steamy romance that she writes about is the only romance that features in her life at the moment!  When the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writers retreat arises in Italy, Brianna realises this could be just the thing she needs to add the spark back into, not just her writing but her own love-life!

Obviously the first thing that attracted me to this book was the word “Summer”!!  Freezing cold Britain is all that is realistically on offer to me at the moment, so a little bit of escapism over to the warm sun of the Italian Lakes was just what the doctor ordered!  The cover was also very tempting with blue skies and the equally blue water of Lake Garda.  The fact that it was also Lucy Coleman who was writing was also another big plus!! (For those of you who aren’t in the know though, Lucy Coleman is the pen name for author Linn B. Halton, and if you’ve not tried any of her books then I highly recommend you do!)

I really liked Brianna’s character.  She’s obviously a very talented author but can’t quite add the same level of romance into her own life as what she does with her novels. She also seems to be suffering from very low self-esteem which doesn’t really help with her writing mojo! The storyline does seem to give the impression that an author’s life, particularly Brianna’s life, can be a very lonely one, hidden away for long periods of time to write a book which makes a lot of people happy….just not the author herself!  I did feel quite sorry for Brianna and kept everything crossed that the author gave her a happy ending!

Heading over to the writing retreat based at Lake Garda gave Brianna the opportunity to meet fellow author, Arran Jamieson who also appears to have problems of his own in the romance department.  I loved how the relationship between the two of them developed and the hope that Brianna finds some happiness had me turning the pages furiously to reach the end!!  The setting in the Italian Lakes was just absolutely perfect and so well described, to the point that I could just imagine myself lounging by the lakes with a good book and a large Campari Spritz!

Not being an author myself (and never attempted to write anything other than a review!), I loved the detail that went into describing the authors retreat!  It gave great information and inspiration to aspiring authors, obviously only which an established author could have done!  This book was a lovely heart-warming read of friendship and love.  It is absolutely perfect for a cold winter’s day or ideal for a summer holiday read.  Either way, I’m sure anyone that reads it will love it as much as I did!  Highly recommended!

The Author

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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