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  • Disappointing

    Much prefer this writer's earlier books. The characters in this one didn't resonate with me at all so I found I really couldn't care what happened to them.

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  • Lovely book

    Loved this book, a very good read. - beautifully written. Kept me guessing right up to the end. Lovely description of the area in and around Naples.

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  • Gorgeous setting

    This is set in one of my favourite destinations, whenever I read about the Amalfi coast I really wish I was there! Told over two time frames - now with the villa transformed and then when the three characters of Kim, Annie and Colette each meet whilst on holiday at the villa. I like the way the tales run parallel as events then effect the now but telling it this weeks ekes out the revelations. It’s interesting to read the three different perspectives too both of Italy and about the other characters. I enjoyed the story overall but I didn’t especially feel empathy for any of the characters hence the three stars but otherwise it’s a decent read.

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  • An Absolute Winner!

    The Summer Villa, an engagingly sweet summer escape, saw me relaxing in a pretty villa in Italy - it was certainly an enchanting read! I revelled in losing myself to Melissa Hill's fabulous novel. The characters were amicable and convivial, though flawed, but still a real pleasure to get to know. Three women, Kim, Annie and Colette, all fleeing from their problems at home, pitch up at a crumbling villa in Italy, called Dolce Vita. The women all form a close bond, and their lives are forever changed. Five years later, successful entrepreneur Kim decides to buy and restore the charming villa, and along with some business associates, is now planning a three-day grand opening. It will be a perfect opportunity for the three great friends to reunite and spend some time together enjoying themselves on the Amalfi coast. Naturally, everything does not go as planned - secrets are unearthed and old memories are dredged up, all resulting in oodles of melodrama. Melissa Hill has written a divine story that is bursting at the seams with vivid and exquisite descriptions of Italy and Villa Dolce Vita. All of the characters were adeptly developed and I often found myself wishing I could be there along with my new friends, Kim, Annie and Colette. I thoroughly enjoy books with strong friendship themes so The Summer Villa was a perfect read for me. The author's writing was just as I expected it would be, first-class, and the perfect pacing and compelling plot-line all added a touch of style to the novel. With its exciting resolution, this is one story you won't want to miss! Very highly recommended without any hesitation to anyone looking for their next great read. Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin - MIRA and the author, Melissa Hill for the complimentary copy. This is my honest and totally voluntary review.

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