Summer Dreams at Villa Limoncello - Daisy James
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Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in the most unexpected ways. Izzie Jenkins never expected to find herself living in a gorgeous oasis in Tuscany but when life gives you Villa Limoncello you say thank you and bake treats to celebrate! Izzie and debonair chef Luca Castelotti are officially setting up shop together but when their inaugural ‘Pasta and Painting’ venture is sabotaged and one of their guests poisoned they’re forced to turn detective. Because if they can’t find the culprit, they’ll be out of business before they’ve even begun...
This is the perfect sit in the hills in Cyprus reading book (I know it’s set in Tuscany, but I’m not in Italy, I am literally in the hills of Cyprus!). It was exactly what I was looking for whilst on holiday. It was a fun and easy read. This is the second Villa Limoncello book by Daisy James, following the life of Izzie and her new ‘family’ in a Tuscan villa. We follow-on quite soon after the first book ends, and, instead of planning a wedding, Izzie and Luca have arranged a Pasta and Painting course at the newly renovated villa. Not everything goes to plan, and Izzie ends up playing detective to a series allegation. The formula for this book and the first are quite similar, even down to Gianni causing havoc and Izzie needing to call on their neighbour for help. Even though it was an easy summer read; I didn’t think it was as good as the first book. The storyline felt a little empty and the characters just sort of floated around with not a lot really happening other than discovering Tuscany again. I’m not sure a second book was needed, or if it was then maybe, it could have followed different characters in that world, such as Meghan and Gianni. I would have hoped that the relationship between Izzie and Luca would have moved on somewhat from the first book, but that was going at a snail’s pace. I even had to try and remember whether they’d even got together at the end of the first book or not as they were acting like boss and employee, to begin with. I understand that Izzie is putting her life back together after tragedy, but when a book ends on a happy ever after kind of scenario, you expect to leave them like that. Not to come back and them still be unsure and still at the same point in time at the end of the second book. Even though I enjoyed the book, and it was effortless to read, it lacked something. A little more excitement and progression of the characters, maybe?