Christmas Secrets at Villa Limoncello (#3 Tuscan Dreams) by Daisy James

Published August 26th 2019 by Canelo Escape

Genre: Romcom / contemporary women’s fiction

Synopsis: Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in the most unexpected ways.

With Christmas around the corner, Izzie Jenkins is ready to kickstart the new ‘Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes’ course at Villa Limoncello with chef and business partner, Luca Castelotti.

However, secrets are stirring with their latest guests and when nasty accidents keep befalling the group it looks like Izzie will have to turn detective once more to protect the Villa’s fledgling reputation. On top of all this, Izzie’s been offered the job of a lifetime – back home in Cornwall. Will she be coming home for Christmas, or will Tuscany work its magic to keep her at Villa Limoncello with Luca?


4 Stars:

When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it, it is gorgeous. I should have taken a minute to check it out better, because it is the final book in a trilogy. As I began reading this book, I was a bit lost as to all that had happened to bring the couples in this book together and what had happened to bring financial issues to Villa Limoncello. The more I got into the story, things cleared up and I was able to just read and enjoy the story.

Isabella, Izzy, Jenkins has been offered her dream job in England and she has a tough decision to make. Luca Castelotti, a handsome, chef who she just happens to love, lives in Tuscany and owns not only a Trattoria, but Villa Limoncello. Izzy has headed off to Italy to assist Luca with the latest group that is staying at the villa for “Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes” a five day course of Christmas cooking and crafts, as well as rehearsals for upcoming Christmas concerts. As the title says, there are so many secrets, it is hard to tell who is being honest or who is not sharing something they should be sharing. This is a romance, spearheaded by Carlotta, the village matchmaker. She has brought many people together, including Izzy and Luca and she knows they are meant to be. Both of them are trying not to hurt the other, so are not telling each other what they are thinking and what they need to know. With someone trying to blackmail members of the chorus, an attempt to harm the conductor and some love in the air, will the concerts go even go on? Will Luca and Izzy finally sit down and tell each other what is in their hearts? Be prepared for a surprise at the end that adds just a touch more angst to the story.

The story is well plotted with many secrets scattered throughout the story that add some tension and mystery to the story. Is is well written and once I had sorted everything out, it held my attention well. Sometimes I forgot I was reading a romance as the other interesting storylines added much to the story. For me, the setting, and the historical and artistic references, were another interesting part of this book. It was great for the armchair traveler in me. Overall, it is a wonderful story of following your heart and your dreams to find what you really want, and doing that at Christmas time in Italy is truly magical. If you like a feel-good Christmas romance full of charm, them pick this one up to enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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About the Author: Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must. Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram

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