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Lake Como

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  346 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco's most sought after firms, and has just recently become engaged to Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter and her boss in what seems to be a compromising position, her trust in her perfect life is shaken.

So Hallie escapes to Lake Como, Italy t
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Karen Waskewich
Lake Como has everything you could possibly want in a book: family, art, fashion, love, and incredible scenery. This book makes me want to visit Lake Como so badly; I am seriously considering for my honeymoon next year…now all I need to do is convince my fiancé.

The story centers on the main character, Hallie Elliot, who from the outside, seems to have it all – a great job as an interior designer and a fiancé who is a popular journalist. However, when she sees her fiancé Peter and her boss Kendra
Laura Beth
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

I really enjoyed this book as it had a few twists and turns I didn't see coming, and a few I did. Our heroine lives in San Fran and is living her perfect life: great relationship, dream job, good family station and close relationship with her grandmother. But something's off. She goes to Italy to spend time with her stepsister and ends up discovering family secrets. I liked this book a lot because of the story and the des
Maggie Carroll
I struggled to finish this book. I even asked my Book club leader if I could get an exemption from reading this after I started it. The protagonist never grows up. What a complainer. The author is fixated on describing the dress and handbag or fashion accessory in every scene (Chanel! Gucci! sickening). I thought perhaps there was a word count that had to be met in every chapter hence the shallow descriptions.
I'm embarrassed that I read this book. Read it on a plane, so my choices for alternate ways to spend my time were limited, but still. So what's wrong with the book? Cardboard cut-out hackneyed characters, full of stereotypes about Italy (uh, Italian men don't go to airports wearing silk shirts unbuttoned to their navel and covered with gold chains). The book is full of so many oddities about Italian culture it makes me wonder if the author has ever been to Lake Como, or at least at any time sinc ...more
I am quite convinced that St. Martin's Griffin is a pseudonym for Harlequin. I give ye this example to prove my point. Please note the first sex scene begins on page three.

"He pulled Hallie down and covered her with his body. Peter was built like a runner: long legs, narrow hips, thin, angular shoulders. But when he made love he was like a wrestler, pinning her to the bed. She loved the feel of his chest rubbing against hers, his tongue exploring her mouth.
Hallie felt Peter's breath hot against
Kristina Simonovska
I’ve bought this book mostly because of the name – I've been to Lake Como, and it is a gorgeous - as well as the plot description on the back cover. I expected to plunge into the atmosphere of this place and its architectural magnificence. But author's descriptions were limited to short “ ..the view was breathtaking”, “the villa was breathtaking”.

Despite the fact that I didn’t like the novel at all, not a single page of it, I read it to the end, so I feel like I have right to share my opinion.

Laura Kay Bolin

I was very fond of Hallie, she didn't just side step what Peter did nor did she go crazy. I liked how she wasn't hard nor a pushover. She does give herself some space and goes to Italy. Her sister, Portia has a lot on her plate and Hallie can center on her rather than herself. When she gets there Portia ends up taking off and the Italian men in the area have taken notice of Hallie. Before she knows it, Hallie has landed herself a job of a lifetime and the attraction of a new man.
Is there a zero star for complete stupididy and waste of time. Superficial nonsense that totally missed any chance of my reading it even though it was on the beach. Pure junk.
This was the perfect vacation book! I read it in one sitting because I had to know what happened next - Did Hallie's boyfriend cheat? Would she take him back? What happened between her parents? The plot twists and turns as a family secret unravels. But what also had me turning the pages were the lush descriptions of Lake Como. No detail is too small from the clothes, food, cars, boats, villas, jewels, scenery... I was completely transported by the author's descriptions into this luxurious world. ...more
Samantha Janning
I received a copy of Lake Como by Anita Hughes in exchange for an honest review.
What a fabulous read that had me wishing I had cocktail in hand and a pair of heels on my feet while reading! Lake Como whisked me away and wrapped me up in Hallie’s story, beginning with her suddenly rocky relationship with Peter and ending with a touching love story. In between we have royalty and family secrets and the intrigue and mystery surrounding the Tesoro family had me unable to put this book down. Hughes w
I was so excited when I won this book in the goodreads giveaways! It was a fabulous read, my first book from this author. Thoroughly enjoyed it, couldn't put it down. Her vivid descriptions of the scenery, landscape of this part of Italy was phenomenal. I felt like I had been transported to this beautiful place. The characters were so captivating, I loved Hallie, loved the relationships she had with her grandmother, sister and mother. Loved the relationship with the 'new man' in her life. Loved, ...more
Sherri Lewis
Hallie Elliot has a career that she loves, and she is hoping to soon become engaged to Peter, an ambitious young journalist. When she catches Peter in a compromising position with her boss, she decides to take a much-needed vacation at Lake Como, where part of her family lives. She does a lot of soul-searching, while also being given the opportunity of a lifetime decorating the estate of a reclusive American tech mogul. This book is similar to ones by Luanne Rice, Kristin Hannah and Nancy Thayer ...more
Barbara White
I loved Anita Hughes first two novels, but I think this may be my favorite. LAKE COMO is 24 carat gold escapism--with family jewels and glittering multi-million dollar homes on Lake Como. This novel took me outside of my life and transported me into a fairytale of designer clothes and champagne, stunning natural settings and gourmet food. And yet the characters were also struggling with real life issues of trust, self-discovery and forgiveness. A fabulous read on so many levels!
Wow! What a fantastic book! First, please let me start by saying I highly recommend all of the books of Anita Hughes! Why? She takes me to a place, draws me into the story, and keeps me reading all night!

Lake Como? Great read. Great setting. Beautiful cover. Inside the cover, is a lovely story focusing on family dynamics and secrets. However, I also view this book as a love letter to Lake Como, because the description of the area is so detailed and beautiful.
All I can say is WOW! I loved this book. Set between San Francisco and Italy, the descriptions of the Italian setting made me want to travel there. The characters were well thought out and multi faceted. This is the second book by this author that I have read, I read Market Street earlier and I enjoyed them both. I'll be looking for more from this author, as she is taking her place on my list of favorite, must read authors. Can't wait.
Gina Malone
I love this book. I love the characters. And I am now desperately craving a trip to Italy!
I received this book compliments of Goodreads First Read for my honest review.

I don't usually read romance novels but I certainly enjoyed Lake Como. The character developemnt was good and the descriptions of Lake Como, the clothing, the food were superb. This is an entertaining book and the perfect adult fairy tale. If you like romance, this book is definitely for you.
Cortney Roudebush
Dec 04, 2013 Cortney Roudebush rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cortney by: Amy Sue Nathan
I really enjoyed reading this book! I love interior design, fashion, and Italy (the men, the food, and the scenery haha). This novel had all of that, plus romance, a little drama, and a main character who evolves beautifully over the course of the story. I read it very quickly and would love to see a sequel...
Jennifer Waugh
I received Lake Como as a Good Reads Giveaway. I loved it - It was a captivating, romantic read. The author does a wonderful job describing the Italian food, the people, and culture. By the time I finished the book, I felt as if I had traveled to Italy myself!
Julie Alvarez
Wow, this is the first book I read by this author and boy was it good. I read it in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. I'm very fond of books with an Italian background. Italy spells love and I enjoyed this book tremendously. A must read.
Jennifer King
An enchanting story of a woman finding herself amongst the world's most beautiful place and people. I love Lake Como, Italy, and this book brought me right back. A wonderful women's fiction read.
Absolutely loved this book and love Anita Hughes writing!!! Can't wait to read her second book (since I've read her first and third). Keep writing, please!!!!

This was an amazing book! It makes you feel warm and happy inside. I've been on a book slump and this helped me get out of it. At first it started off really slow, and I hated the random flashbacks. The flashbacks were very sudden. Hallie was kind of a push over character since many people kept lying to her. Overall this book was a nice and light read. I want to go to Italy even more now. I never heard of Lake Como until this book, but I am dying to go there now. The scenery, the food, the
Allina Robie
This book was given to me by a friend so I felt obligated to read it, otherwise I would have stopped after the first couple pages. It was so cliche and stereotypical. I predicted just about ever twist and was annoyed with the constant outfit descriptions. Like I know how pairs of Gucci sandals the girls has but not much else. The characters we shallow and the twists were so anticlimactic. And the ending...urg I wanted to just throw the book in the trash by that point. I am surprised this book ha ...more
Barbara Davis
Delicious... decadent... and oh, so delightful. I litterally gobbled this book up in one yummy sitting!
Pure escapism!
Lake Como was a mindless beach read. When Hallie's boyfriend proposed she was suddenly unsure that he was the one after seeing him in a compromising situation with her boss. To get space to think about their relationship, Hallie ran off to see her half-sister, Portia, and stay in Portia's family's villa on Lake Como. Within a few days, Hallie met an enchanting man and was offered a job to decorate another villa in Italy. She agreed and began building a life in Italy to forget about her boyfriend ...more
I brought this book to read during a lakeside vacation, and while my vacation wasn't anywhere near Lake Como, it was certainly better than the book! I was disappointed in this novel. I thought the characters were unrelatable, shallow, and one-dimensional. The protagonist (Hallie) was very immature and, to be honest, annoying. I felt like she acted as a young teenager instead of her 29-30 years. It also seemed that the plot was all over the place as well as poorly paced. One minute Hallie was see ...more
Connie Fischer
Hallie is an interior designer working for a firm owned and run by the well-known designer, Kendra, in the city of San Francisco. Her live-in boyfriend, Peter, is a well-known journalist. Both are quite happy in their relationship until one day Hallie discovers Peter and Kendra embracing at a cocktail party. While Peter tells her it was innocent and he was just helping Kendra as she had had too much to drink, Hallie is not buying it. That's when she decides to take some time off and visit her ha ...more
Rajeshree Vejasegaran
Lake Como by Anita Hughes tells about Hallie Elliot who is very talented and gaining prominence as interior designer in a famous firm in San Francisco. She is also in a relationship with Peter , a brilliant journalist and they are so much in love. She had a perfect life until she saw Peter and her boss , Kendra Larsen in a compromising position at a wedding. This incident has left Hallie devastated and she began to lose trust in Peter .

Hallie then decide to take a break and escaped to Lake Como
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Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, and the forthcoming ISLAND IN THE SEA and SANTORINI SUNSETS published by St. Martin's Press.
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