Blog tour review – My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

I totally adore Jo Thomas’s books, and the cover of this one really attracted me to it. Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to be included in the blog tour, I’m so happy to be part of it.

About the book

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?

So What Did I Think?

I absolutely LOVED this gorgeous book. Zelda was such a brilliantly inspiring character, who didn’t let anything get in the way of what she wanted. If she couldn’t find a way around a problem, she’d find a way through it, or over it or under it. I’d love her to be my bestie. I routed for her all the way through the book and loved her relationship with Lennie and what they had planned for their future.

From the brilliantly written descriptions, Sicily sounds absolutely delightful. And by the way so did Luca! 😉 I do love a book which makes you feel like you’ve had a holiday and this was definitely one of those. Sicily has always been somewhere that I’d like to visit, and now even more so. The food that was described, literally made my mouth water and lick my lips. It made me want to jump on a plane right there and then, and go and make a new start for myself on the island, and be friends with the unusual gang that worked so well together at the fabulous farmhouse Il Limoneto that I could picture so well in my mind.

I could almost feel the sun beating down on my body, and could smell those lemons. In fact, while reading this book, I remembered that I had a miniature bottle of limoncello in my booze cupboard (please tell me everyone has a booze cupboard and it’s not just me!) and savoured it while reading the last few chapters which seemed the perfect way to finish an absolutely perfect book.

A super, feel good, heart warming, summer read that will definitely leave you with a big fat smile on your face.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

About the author

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013, Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

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