My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

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Synopsis: 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?

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I recently read my first book by Jo Thomas (Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard) which I absolutely loved so decided to try this latest book by the same author. I must say I love the covers of these books too and think they are particularly enticing. I certainly enjoyed this book however it wasn’t nearly as good as the last one I read, but that said it was still an enjoyable book.

Zelda is our lead character along with her long time best friend Lennie. Zelda and Lennie make an impulsive decision when they make a fresh start in a small town named Citta d’Ora in Sicily. It seems like a bit of a scam to me as a reader and when Lennie and Zelda turn up and things don’t go quite to plan they start to think the same. However, as they are thrown into a completely new set up which includes sharing a house with strangers, things take quite a few unexpected turns.

The story and writing were engaging and she did an amazing job of describing this beautiful (albeit dying) village. What I did find was that the other characters which were part of the story didn’t get as much ‘air time’ as they could have. We meet Luca who is a local restaurateur along with his menacing father who is responsible for the demise of the village.

As seemingly everything goes wrong, Zelda, Lennie and their house mates all seem to join together to come up with a plan to make things right. Like I Said an enjoyable book, and I particularly liked how it all panned out, just not a book that was quite as amazing as the last one I read.

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