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Tell It to the Skies

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,179 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The beautiful city of Venice has been Lydia's home for many years, a place where she has found peace and fulfillment. Then one day she glimpses a young man's face in the crowd that threatens to change everything. He's a heart-stopping reminder of a dreadful secret she believed she had banished to the past. As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grand ...more
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Published July 1st 2010 by Orion Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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This book had its faults, but I genuinely enjoyed it from start to finish, which is more than I can say for a lot of others, and which made me willing to forgive it for the odd plot hole or improbably convenient outcome.

From the cover and blurb (and the first chapter) I was expecting light, fluffy entertainment. The second section about Lydia's troubled childhood came as a surprise - in fact I felt like that whole section had been lifted from a very different and much darker book, and then wrapp
Very readable, but overall somewhat disappointing after having been so impressed by the first of James' books I read. The plot involves a middle-aged woman living in Venice suddenly being startled by what she thinks is a vision of a long-lost love. Matters ensue, and the main substance of the novel is flash-back to the woman's childhood and youth and the relationship between her and this lost love. The story is quite compelling, but I have to confess that I found some of the details melodramatic ...more
Katie Grainger
I have to say that I was pretty skeptical about this book when I picked it up. I thought that it was going to be pretty corny chick lit. I have to say that I was presently surprised. The plot was good it was full of emotion and it was a page turner. I was gripped to find out what happened to Lydia and Noah. However once the main plot of Lydia and Noah growing up it began to slow, due to the amount of explanation that was needed to wind up the story. This was further complicated by adding in the ...more
Samantha Bee
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and felt like I really knew the characters. Like other readers I was taken by surprise by the way it was written I was expecting a usual clic lit but enjoyed the fact this wasn't the usual predictable clic lit, although it was sad and in some parts harrowing I just had to keep reading to find out what happened. I grew up in the '70's and therefore could identify with the era. Another reviewer mentioned that the police would have been alerted about Lydia' ...more
So much more than just a love story! Beautifully written.
I liked the story at the start and at the end. I think some thought was put into the plot but it wasn't developed, as it ran out of steam in the middle, with the whole murder scene being amateurish...for eg. the little Valerie killed the perverted uncle when she was 12. How is it that she cleaned up the murder site and got away with it...even if her big sister Lydia "planted" evidence to make it look like she killed him instead? How is it that the British police just accepted that the insane gra ...more
This is one of those books that I just couldn't put down!! The 'dark' parts surprised me, as it's not something I'd come to expect from an Erica James book, but was handled well I felt. It did have lots of twists and turns, and I have to say I was satisfied with the ending, sometimes with plots like that you can be left hanging, wondering what happened to some of the characters.
This book introduced me to Erica James and I am so glad I chose this book over any other. This gripping story line almost had me in tears with the way the main character was brought up, only to almost witness the death of her mother and yet be brought up by strict guardians had me wanting to reach into the novel and cuddle her close to me.
If I could read this again, not knowing what was going to happen, I would do in a heartbeat, this will always be my favorite novel by an author I have not hear
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I have to say that as an avid reader ploughing through 3-4 books a week, I always look forward to Erica James new books. Yes it is on the slightly romantic side but this book is just as good if not better that her previous publications. The story gets you from the very beginning and you find yourself sympathising with the characters very quickly. Erica's books are always different and due to the fact that she doesn't churn them out every 5 minutes I find that I never get bored with her stories. ...more

I have enjoyed reading the novels written by Erica James since her first one ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ was published in 1996. With the exception of a couple that I have not got hold of yet I have now read all her novels. I regard her work as a thoroughly good read where you can immerse yourself in the story, not great literature but so much better than some of the novels regarded as ‘chick lit’or ‘romantic womens fiction’.

Set partially in Venice with my lov
Despite a less than promising start filled with many dark hints that I didn't, at that stage, care about, this book picks up as soon as Noah Solomon enters the story.

This is an excellent study of how your past shapes your character and your future and, now that I've finished the book, I find the way it starts very clever. You are introduced to the end product of a difficult childhood and although I was initially impatient with Lydia, I came to understand and appreciate her after finding out wha
Entertaining and gripping. But it made me think that sometimes in books you don't need so many things to happen for the book to have a profound meaning and resonance in us. We don't need the emergency home births, the crazy perverted uncles, and god knows how many dramatic events that happened to the characters. It all adds up to a more unbelievable story than it needs to be. This is the first book by this author that I've read so perhaps this is her style and genre, I don't know but to my perso ...more
Samantha Brown
I was given a pile of books to borrow by my boss and only started reading this when the pressure was on to give her it back. They say don't judge a book by its cover but it looks so girly and harmless. Wrong. The first couple of pages seemed pretentious and sponsored by the Italian tourist board and if I'd had my nook with me I'd have probably stopped there and then. Really pleased I didn't, just when you think you have it sussed something worse happens!
When Lydia’s mum dies she and her sister have to go and live with their grandparents, who are really strict. They are devout Christians and believe that they should lead a very simple life. They show no kindness what so ever to Lydia. When Lydia starts her new school she meets a boy called Noah. The book looks at how the relationship between them develops over the years. We find out why Lydia has lived a life of exile in Italy for so many years and why she reacts the way she did when she saw Noa ...more
This might look like a 'light' summer beach read but actually is an engrossing and unusual story; the heroine, Lydia, has had a traumatic and deprived upbringing which is only made bearable by her friend Noah, initially a 'misfit' like herself, but in fact her soulmate. The characterisation is well drawn and the author has clearly done her research, her portrait of a repressive society in a small town is all too believable.
Burcu Canıtez
This is genuinely one of the best books I've ever read. The story behind these 2 main characters is not only mesmerizing but also surprising and very interesting. I can easily confess that I've actually read it more than once and recommended it to more than ten people. Very great story that made me live through all the emotions it consists.
I loved this book. It's a story that takes place between the 1960's (when things were very different) and the present day. There are some lovely characters, as well some dark tyranical ones. The main character is a girl called Lydia who, with her younger sister, is sent to live with her paternal grandparents after their mother dies. Both grandparents are heavily involved with a local church. Lydia learns to keep everything a secret from them, including her relationship with Noah, a boy from scho ...more
Lydia's life is so sad and tragic . She was not the only one and her meeting with Noah gave her escape and hope . But it all turned to tragedy and a life in Venice until she encountered a young man . This led to a new chance at retrieving a lost life . Wonderful book .
Loved this book first time I have read Erica James and have bought some more. Looking forward to reading them.
I enjoyed the characters and it kept me going back for more, I loved the sisters stories and how the story unfolded.
Very easy read and was surprised how fast I can now read when I want to.
Bev Taylor
lydia has fled to italy to save her one true love - noah

then she glimpses a face in a crowd that takes her back into the past

as children, lydia and her sister were sent to live with their grandparents after being orphaned. it was a cruel and loveless world for them and forced lydia to grow up fast. she learnt to keep secrets and trust sparingly and through it all she's shadowed by guilt and grief

then she meets noah at only 9 years of age and her life is changed forever

wonderful characterisat
Dit is het eerste boek dat 'k van Erica James lees, maar er gaan er zeker nog meer volgen. De karakters zijn zeer geloofwaardig en de plot is zeer goed (alhoewel op het einde de verwikkelingen me toch wel wat te snel na mekaar kwamen).
I read the beginning and the end. The beginning bored me so I skipped to the end and I wished I understood the story more! But I don't really think it would have been my kind of book!
There really are no Erica James' books that I haven't thoroughly liked. Yes, they are "romances", but they're very well written, always informative and veritable morale-boosters. Well done Ms. James...
Poppie Tee
This was a very moving yet challenging book to read. This book touched my heart. It made me just want to jump in the book and save the little girl that needed it so bad. I loved how she kept the secret to the end, it made all the suspense worth my while.

The reason why I said this book is challenging is because of all the events and scenes that take place in this book and how they all link up and somehow shape the characters into who they are. Its like a constant puzzle of amazement; Characters
Carol Peace
A great book I definately recommend it.
Lydia starts the book when she glimpses a face she thought she would never see again. She lives in Venice but that glance took her back to her childhood in England. She cannot explain to her daughter what memories she has as they are not to be aired, ever. The story then takes us back to her childhoos when Lydia and her sister were sent to live with her grandparents after the death of her mum.What follows is a very poignant sorty of missed chances and bad c
Liesbesth Een typisch romantisch feel good boek, dat heel vlot weg leest, op 2 dagen tijdens een reisje uitgelezen..
De dramatische ‘misschien kunnen ze toch niet lang samenblijven’ wending op het (bijna) einde, vond ik er wel wat over.
Jenny L
There was something lacking in this Erica James novel. The story begins in the 'Now' and quite quickly goes back to the 'Then', which is the majority of the book and not for the better. Lydia is the main character and the 'Then' is when she was a young teenager and the sad and unpleasant life she and her younger sister had after their mother died and they were sent to live with their grandparents. The story drags and then when you eventually return to present day, a gap of 28 years and the resul ...more
Cat Freckleton
This is the first Erica James book i've read as always thought she was a romance writer!! Although this book is about lost love it's also about so much more. It's very dark in places and not the frothy fiction i expected. The story starts in the present day and then goes back in time to the main character's (Lydia) childhood as she tells her story. This takes up the main body of the book, only coming back to the present near the end. I really felt for the character of Lydia and found myself pray ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend it to those people who enjoy reading romance/thriller with a twist.
I have enjoyed nearly all Erica James previous books, so was delighted to find this title on my library shelves. The Venice setting appealed to me, though that turned out to be only a small part of the book. It was not at all what I expected and much darker than earlier reads. I found the central chapters on Lydia's life in Yorkshire with her strict so called "Christan" grandparents relentless in its awfulness of child abuse etc. The characters came across strongly, and I kept reading as I wante ...more
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