When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.
But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzy and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.
Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…
This is a great example of a perfect summer read. The main storyline is simple but has backbone and a real thread to keep you occupied, while the scene is set beautifully with uncomplicated language to really make you feel you are there with the characters. I’ve never been to Tuscany (where the story is based) but I now desperately want to visit as a result of the amazing descriptions making me long for the summer (at the time of writing this, it is 20 degrees outside and I am sat with the window open. I will be heading out as soon as I’ve typed this!).
I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I think the cover is so bright and colourful I felt I had to at least mention it. It reminds me a little of Mamma Mia. Except it’s based in a different country.
The characters are very charming and very vivid. They were the type of characters I wish were real due to their quirkiness. I found them relatable and really rooted for them. I also desperately want to try all the food which is mentioned throughout…time for ice-cream and limoncello I think…
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.