The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill

Release Date - April 28, 2020

Thanks to Harlequin for bringing The Summer Villa to my attention and inviting me to be part of the blog tour. I want so much to be part of this book's gorgeous setting. Melissa Hill brought Italy to life in this book.

Annie, Colette, and Kim all met during a life-changing getaway to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Since that meeting, they've become true friends. Kim's bought the villa where they stayed and is about to debut La Dolce Vita for the first time. She's asked her good friends to return to celebrate the villa's remodel.

Back then, Kim was escaping her controlling parents' demands that she marry a stranger to form an ideal arrangement for their needs. Annie was escaping a life of frustration and sorrow. Colette needed to refresh as her mom's caregiver after a cancer diagnosis. Italy proved to be exactly what they needed.

Now, all three are back and still dealing with life's hurdles. Kim's villa is gorgeous and could be the talk of the town, only someone seems to have it out for her and will do anything to keep her from opening. Annie's business is in ruin due to a deceptive employee. Colette is battling with infertility. Getting away seems to be exactly what these women need, but events of the past threaten to destroy them.

The Summer Villa's setting is gorgeous. I wanted to be dining in the restaurants, sipping the limoncello, and smelling the salty air. The characters didn't do as much for me. The switches from "Then" to "Now" were often jarring and pulled me from the story. There was also the jumping between Kim, Annie, and Colette to add to the time frame switches. It made it hard for me to connect with the characters and form any kind of bond.

I wanted to love this story, but in the end, it was just a book I had a harder time finishing. I'm glad I did as the ending picked up, but the challenge to get there wasn't ideal.


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