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Tell It to the Skies

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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
Paperback, 528 pages
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...more
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

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...more
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...more
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 was not a really fun read because Lydia had quite a dramatic life, but it was very fascinating.
Erica James writing style makers sure that you emphasize with Lydia.
It was hard for me to put this bok down because i was very curious to fine out what had happened in the past.and i was hoping that Lydia eventually would get her happy ending.
I would definetly recommend this book to people who are in the mood for a good drama story.
4 stars!
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
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.
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).
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...more
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...more
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 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
this book is my favorite stand alone. i've read it four times. FANTASTIC
A most enjoyable read. It's the first book I've read by this author. It is a sensitive tale about first love in the 1970's between Lydia and Noah. Living in an English village their childhood was difficult, but despite these darker times love shone through. Now in her 40's, Lydia is living in Venice with her step daughter, when she sees a man in a crowd who reminds her of Noah, and this threatens to expose a secret she has carried all her adult life. This story is warm, emotional, romantic and e...more
all respect to erica james! after just over 10 books following very similar styles and "routines", this book is now a gem amongst her writings. it is so completely different, yet maintaining her ability to transport you to a place far from reality. it isn't one of her books that you can curl up in bed with when you need to cheering up, but it will grip. i was on chapter 8 this morning, and now it is finished. you cannot put it down. for those who love a romance with real-life situations weaved i...more
Tessa Celie
Geen geweldig verhaal, maar toch meeslepend genoeg om het in één ruk uit te lezen.
I was attracted to this book because it suggests it is set in Venice. However only a small part of it is, the main story being set in the UK. Although this book wasn't what I expected I really enjoyed the style in which it was written and found the characters to be complex and intriguing. The ending was a bit predictable but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of th story telling. I liked the style so much that I immediately sought out another book by Erica James.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, which is mainly set in Venice and begins with a fairly remarkable coincidence. It takes us back to the past to a poignant love story which went sadly wrong, and back to the present for the last part of the book.

Gripping, sometimes moving, and very much a page-turner. Four and a half-stars, really, almost five. A couple of over-explicit love scenes make it not quite a top favourite, but recommended nonetheless.
Elsie Bryan
I absolutely loved this book. For so many reasons. Mainly (I think) because the writing style complemented the plot so beautifully. This is a true example of an author who has played to their strengths. Highly recommend!
Great story. "The beautiful city of Venice has been Lydia's home for many years, a place where she has found peace and fulfilment. 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 grandparents they'd never even met before."
Sophie Fransen
Heerlijk boek, dat je lastig weg kan leggen.
This novel is about a girl and a boy who have horrible childhoods. They find each other and develop a friendship. Eventually something happens that parts them, something you'll just have to read and find out about. The writing is funny and smart and of course there is a beautiful love story behind it. I'm a sucker for a love story and this one has an equal measure of pain making it perfectly bittersweet.
I managed to find this book in the bargain bin at the local store. Having just read "It's the little things" and thoroughly enjoying it, I just had to get it. This book didn't disappoint, I did expect the normal chick lit, but was pleasantly surprised when the book takes a step back in time to Lydia's childhood and through her dark moment. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
I first read this book a few years ago and often thought about it fondly.

On this second read I still love the characters of Lydia and Noah.

This isn't a book of sunshine and rainbows. It deals with some dark and depressing subjects.

Yet you never lose hope for Lydia and Noah.

It does get a bit long winded at times but I throughly enjoy reading it.
It's been a long time since I've read any chic lit. wasn't expecting much to be honest - had it passed on to me as author is my sister's best friend's mum so felt I ought to show willing. Harmless enough, well-written but a tad predictable although more to the story than just superficial. I guess I grudgingly have to concede to enjoying it!!
Sue Smith
I have not read any of Erica James before wasn't sure if I would like the 'romantic novel' tag. The story involved you from the outset; I particulary liked the parts of the book set in Venice in fact it has made me want to revisit Venice again. I found the storyline quite predictable at times but neverless it was an enjoyable read.
It has taken me most of the month to get through this, but only because I have been so busy studying, that fiction books have been low down on my priorities. Read the vast majority of it since Thursday evening (finished on Sunday morning)after my assignment was handed in. Need to find more Erica James books, excellent read.
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