Rosanna Ley’s latest novel From Venice With Love is out today in paperback and I’m delighted to share the book love for it on Tales Before Bedtime as part of the publication day blog tour.
From Venice With Love by Rosanna Ley
The bestselling author of The Lemon Tree Hotel returns with an enchanting new summer 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?
This is such a perfect choice for a light, yet engaging summer read. This is the first time I have read Rosanna Ley and I have to say she has a wonderful lightness of touch with her storytelling. I absolutely loved visiting Venice, Lisbon and Prague with Joanna, a travel journalist who appears to have it all in the eyes of her sister Harriet. As the saying goes, the grass is often greener on the other side. Harriet, I found rather cold and bitter but the reasons become apparent as the story unfolds. Both sisters have their crosses to bear and finding their peace and happiness isn’t always straight forward. With a slightly eccentric mother who seems to be struggling with her faculties and a family home that is literally falling down around their ears, you wonder how on earth they will come out of it.
Joanna discovers some letters in an abandoned trunk in the attic written by Emmy to Rufus. They are love letters and describe her visits to Prague, Lisbon and, of course, Venice. Joanna is compelled to follow Emmy on her journeys and in doing so might just uncover some family secrets that impact everyone at Mulberry Farm Cottage. Will a lifetime of heartbreak finally be healed?
I very much enjoyed this delightful novel. I didn’t feel compelled to rush through the pages but rather enjoyed a slower paced amble as I let myself be swept along for the journey. I loved the slight ghostly presence of Emmy in the background as she uses her past mistakes to bring peace and happiness to the present.
Thank you so much to Quercus Books for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for approving me an ARC on Netgalley.
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.
You can follow Rosanna on Twitter at @RosannaLey
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