First of all I would like to say a thank you to Ellie at Canelo for the invite to join the blog tour for Love at the Italian Lake by Darcie Boelyn. I'm delighted to be sharing my review for this gorgeous story today but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
On the shores of Lake Garda, a beautiful romance unfolds. But is it only for summer?
Don’t miss this gorgeous, heart-warming novel from Darcie Boleyn, bestselling author of 2017 smash-hit Summer at Conwenna Cove.
Sophia Bertoni discovers her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and realizes her life is going nowhere. Leaving her high-pressure job, she travels to Italy to stay with her grandmother while she figures out her next move.
When Sophia – quite literally – bumps into devastatingly handsome Joe Lancaster her plans are turned upside down. As the two realize they’re both spending the summer in the same town, a love affair seems on the cards.
But Sophia and Joe are both burdened by family secrets.
Despite their attraction, will the sun set on Sophia and Joe’s romance – or will they find love at the Italian lake?
Sophia has a complete shock at the start of this book but it actually serves as a wake up call. She realises how she has just been drifting through life and decides to make some changes. Sophia is a warm and caring person who you can't help but hope get's her happy ever after. I completely got caught up in Sophia's trip to Italy as she experiences new foods, reconnects with her Nonna and meets Joe. Although their first meeting is a disaster it is memorable and I loved how they began their tentative friendship. He is sweet and very loveable, I think I fell for him a little myself. The fact that he is a Chris Hemsworth lookalike has no bearing on that either, honest! Then the story takes a turn as Sophia discovers a family secret and you get a depth to the story as you see the repercussions of hiding the truth.
Darcie Boleyn always creates not only wonderful characters but a story that you can just feel so at home with reading. The fact that the story is written from both Sophia and Joe's point of view is a hit with me, it always feels more personal to see both sides of the story.
With a truly wonderful location which was described beautifully, it really sounds like the perfect getaway. I love the feeling you get of being transported to another place and this book is a great example of this. Then add in some gorgeous food and I was hooked. Everyone who knows me will agree that I have a sweet tooth so it's safe to say I was nearly drooling over the descriptions of Cannoli, Zeppole and Pignolata. I'm actually getting hungry just writing this review! Heartwarming and perfect at showing the power of new beginnings and then mix in a beautiful romance it really makes the most delightful summer story.
There is a certain magical charm about Love at the Italian Lake that made me fall under it's spell!
With thanks to Ellie & Canelo for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop