Monday, 25 August 2014

Summer In Sorrento by Melissa Hill

What They Say:

An escapist summer tale from the bestselling author of THE HEARTBREAK CAFE and A GIFT TO REMEMBER.

Maia Connolly never expected to find herself widowed at forty-five. Her beloved husband died unexpectedly while restoring their nineteenth century Italian farmhouse on a secluded hillside in Sorrento

Since his death, money is tight which is why Maia decides to open the farmhouse to tourists as summer accomodation.

Uncertain of her business capabilities and even more of her hospitality skills, she is thrown in at the deep end when her first bookings appear and her new guests all arrive over the same week.

First there’s Jacob, an attractive New Yorker of obvious Italian origin who has returned to the area to visit his ailing father. Clearly they don’t get on, as he refuses to stay in the family home in Naples. But what has caused their rift?
Amelia, a shy twenty-something London girl is in Sorrento for a friend’s wedding. But she seems hesitant about the details and her connection to the bridal party.

Cal and Lori have returned to Italy for their ten-year anniversary in the hope of recapturing some of the spark lost from their marriage. Will the beauty and romance of Sorrento help them rekindle their love for each other?

And will each of Maia’s summer guests find their worries eased and hearts lightened by the beauty of this magical place….

What I Say:

I saw this book on amazon for free and thought it would be a nice quick read and wasn’t disappointed.


This cover is Perfect, it's has a real summer feel to it, what more can I say!

We meet Maia who moved to Sorrento with her husband expecting to have life of retirement and fulfillment, but when her husband suddenly dies, Maia is left to pick up the pieces of their dream  Determined to not give up that dream, but with money tight Maia decides to turn the house in to a guest house.

Melissa describes in detail the hills around Sorrento and I can say this if you didn’t want to go before you will after reading this.

Maia is a lovely character, although faced with tragic circumstances is determined to make the most of life, she has pearls of wisdom for her visitors who treat her not only as the host of the guest house but as a friend as well.

We learn so much about all the characters in a short space of time and I really found this kept flowing and moving the story along, I was only sad when it ended as I want it to go on longer but I see this is the first in a series of these books, can’t want to read more.

A beautiful story set in a beautiful place!

5 out of 5 stars

About The Author

#1 bestselling author Melissa Hill lives in Dublin.

Something from Tiffany's spent five weeks at No 1 in Ireland. The Italian editon "Un Regalo da Tiffany" spent eight weeks at the top of the charts in Italy, selling 300,000 copies.

Melissa's books are translated into 25 different languages worldwide and one of her recent titles has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio.

Her books combine all the warmth and humor of contemporary women's fiction with plots that keep readers guessing from page to page.

Melissa also co-writes forensic thrillers with her husband under the pseudonym Casey Hill .

Their first book TABOO has been optioned for a forthcoming TV series. For more info visit 


  1. Ooh I'm glad to read this - I also noticed it on Amazon for free, so it's sat waiting on my kindle! Looking forward to it even more now :) xx

    1. Thank you for taking time to read my post, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did x