Monday, 15 July 2019

Book Review - My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas - Blog Tour

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Title: My Lemon Grove Summer
Author: Jo Thomas
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 6th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas.

When life hands you lemons ... is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda's impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can't hide the shadow hanging over Citta d'Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there's a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around...

Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?

Simply Scintillating in Sicily!

I absolutely adored this book, from the first few pages,  to the location, the story, the writing and just about all the characters. 

What a fabulous premise,  a group of strangers all needing a second chance in life enticed to relocate to a small village in Sicily as part of a revitalisation project.  They even get paid for the privilege.

Sounds to good to be true,  well it definitely isn't as easy as it sounds.  It appears the locals aren't as welcoming as you would imagine. 

Zelda and Lenny agreed as teenagers that they would marry age 40 if neither had found true love, and well it's clear they care for each other. 

I loved getting to know all the people involved in this project,  the variety of characters is fabulous and everyone is very believable. 

What amazed me was how fast I read this book, just a few short hours while I was on some trains. I was so absorbed in the first 15% that I almost missed my stop. 

Feel good summer reading at its best. Another complete an utter gem of a book from Jo Thomas.  You won't regret this virtual trip to Sicily. 

Infused with the warmth of a Sicilian summer,  with helpings of fabulous sounding food,  limoncello and a spattering of Italian phrases, this really is another amazing book that touched me in all the right places from one of my favourite authors. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Headline for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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