I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in this blog blast for ‘From Venice with Love’ by Rosanna Ley.
Praise for the book
The bestselling author of The Lemon Tree Hotel returns with an enchanting new holiday read about family bonds and following your heart, wherever it might take you.
With her marriage in danger of falling apart, Joanna returns home to the beautiful but dilapidated Mulberry Farm Cottage in rural Dorset, where her sister Harriet is struggling to keep the Farm afloat and cope with their eccentric mother.
When Joanna discovers a bundle of love letters in the attic, written by a watercolourist named Emmy, she is intrigued and sets out to discover Emmy’s true story.
Emmy’s letters take Joanna to the picturesque alleyways and bridges of Lisbon, Prague, and the most romantic place of all: Venice – where a whole new magical world seems to unfold in front of her.
Meanwhile, back at Mulberry Farm Cottage, a mysterious prowler adds to Harriet’s problems and interrupts her search for a perfect partner. Will she ever find true love? Where will Emmy’s mesmerising pathway lead? And more importantly, will Joanna and Harriet be able to rescue the cottage and finally be able to re-discover their sisterly bond?
About the Author
Rosanna Ley works as a creative tutor and has written many articles and stories for national magazines. Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Spain and Italy. When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives in West Dorset by the sea.
This book had me intrigued from the outset! A tantalising blend of themes which weave naturally into the narrative, this is a tale of family bonds and relationships, love and heartache and explores how history can sometimes repeat itself without you even realising it.
Despite the title, only part of the book is set in Venice. The author takes the reader, and two of the main characters on a journey to the Italian city, Lisbon and Prague as Joanna attempts to uncover the mystery behind the painting which has always hung in her room in Mulberry Farm Cottage.
The rest of the book is centred in the Dorset countryside and author Rosanna Ley does an excellent job of creating a feel for each of the locations with her vivid descriptions. I loved how the Mulberry tree became central to the story as it unfolded too.
While I was able to predict some of the storyline as it developed, the ending came as a delicious revelation! I need to know what happens next now!
With many thanks to the author, Quercus books and Milly Reid for the opportunity to contribute to the book blast.