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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,439 ratings  ·  260 reviews
It was a wedding invitation that changed everything for Floriana. If she hadn't been so distracted at the thought of having to witness the one true love of her life get married, she would have seen the car coming and there would have been no need for elderly spinster Esme Silcox and local property developer Adam Strong to rush to her aid. If she hadn't met them she would n ...more
Paperback, 445 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Not Avail (first published November 7th 2013)
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely lovely book. Readers of Jojo Moyes and Lucinda Riley will definitely enjoy this one! I like when two stories are told in one book, in a detailed manner. The absolute best thing about this one is the language. Oh God its written so well and with such vivid descriptions you feel like youre really apart of their story. I just wished there was more dialogue. My only complain. ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading Summer At The Lake, not least because the weather has been so awful just lately, and I thought it would great to be able to transport myself away to the sunnier climes of Italy.

This novel is 400 pages of pure indulgence, I absolutely loved it. Despite the length, I raced through it, devouring the story which is filled with wonderfully created characters and takes the reader from the dreamy spires of Oxford to the evocative Lake Como in Italy.

Three very unl
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
The story starts with an unexpected wedding invitation, or at least a save the date for a wedding. As a result, Floriana Day is not paying attention and is struck by a hit and run driver. Two people come to her rescue. One is Esme Silcox, a sprightly woman in her eighties and the other is Adam Strong, a property developer. So begins a three way friendship that is lovely to read about. They show concern for each other and encourage each other to undertake hard situations. T
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. what a great book, I lost myself completely in this book, I was there with Esme, Floriana, Adam and Seb and the Foul Imogen at Lake Como, I have never been but can dream! The characters are great and the friendship that builds up between Esme, Floriana and Adam from the beginning is so enthralling. I thought at the beginning that Floriana and Adam would get together but the twists and turns that is takes keeps your interest throughout the story. I love Esme and her love affair with Marco wa ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No-one with a reading age higher than a 6 year old.
OK I admit it I'm not a chic-lit reader and I was forced to read this for our book club. Its really bad. Poor characters, cheesy plot and boring boring overuse of exposition. Do we need to know that the main character boils his peas for 10 minutes? Warms his plates. Drinks water because he is the nominated driver...Needs to take a dip in the sea to cool off and its not because he's hot..(nudge nudge wink wink) No we don't!!! And when Ms James likens one of the soppy heroes emotional traumas to ' ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2014
A lovely read set in a beautiful place that I'd love to visit now. It follows three strangers as they become close friends due to one of the characters having an accident at the start. They share stories of past loves and the elderley lady is keen that her two younger friends find love together!
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another Erica James book that grew on me more as the book progressed. Good linkages between events in the present as well as events in the past. Good relationships developed as a result of Floriana being knocked down by a car, which led to three strangers meeting.
Dannielle Potts
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This Was A Very Light-Hearted Read But With A Surprising Back Story Which Is Just What I Like To Get Me Gripped Onto A Book. Very Nice Characters. I Thought The Way They Were Brought Together Was Clever And That It Was A Moment They Shared And Bonded Over. At Times, This Novel Made Me Sad From Esme's Point Of View, For Many Different Reasons But This Was All Resolved In The End
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read all of Erica’s books over the years (with the exception of The Hidden Cottage, which I have waiting patiently on my Kindle) and have always enjoyed them – and this current book (her 18th!) was no exception.

The story is set partly in Oxford and also the beautiful Italian Lakes. I’ve spent a couple of lovely holidays by Lake Como and have stayed at the very pretty lakeside town of Bellagio, also mentioned in the book so in some ways this was a trip down memory lane for me.

When Oxford to
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Novel set Lake Como and in Oxford (a proper #holidayread)

An old romance blended with a modern love affair, moving from the glittering spires of Oxford to the balmy shores of Lake Como. Both locations are beautifully captured. Imagine Oxford: “…its velvet green lawns and ivy-clad walls, its architecture, its ethos, its tradition and its sense of place in time and history.” And find out too where Tolkien and C S Lewis used to hang out.

Floriana (what a wonderful name) is living in Oxford. She is im
Frances Cross
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you need a cure for the winter blues then this is the book for you!

I'll be honest I had never read a book by Erica James before. But I do judge a book by its cover and when Orion Publishing kindly sent this to me to review I was so excited! The cover is just so beautiful. I couldn't wait to get started.

The story has 3 main characters. Firstly Floriana, who was lost in thoughts didn't see a car heading towards her. Esme, an elderly lady with her own past to deal with and Adam, a property devel
Nadette Xuereb
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I started this book, I couldn't focus on the story at all. I spent around 3 weeks wasting time with it, reading only the first few pages. Then my dog died and I didn't want to read it because it reminded me of him. But I'm so glad I did.

This book is great! The storyline is fantastic and unpredictable, really some of the stuff that happened, I was truly surprised, although there were also moments in which I assumed what would happen. Esme's journey to her past was the best part of the book,
Lesley Book Lover
First book of Erica James I have read, and I will now read more. It all begins with Floriana being knocked down, as she is distracted by the wedding invitation received from her friend Seb. Esme and Adam come to help her, and all their lives change in ways that wouldn't have happened if they hadn't met. The three new friends live in Oxford, and discuss past loves. Esme now an elderly lady, tells of her first love when she was 18 years old, and on holiday wth her father in Italy. Beautifully writ ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Summer at the Lake after a week. I won this as a free giveaway. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by such a heart warming story. Esme was my favorite character. The scenes where they were in Italy or when we had flashbacks of Esme's past made me feel like I was in Italy already. I've been Italy once and planning on going again with my boyfriend next year. Summary this book got me in the mood for Italy lol.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a poignant and beautiful story with characters who leap off the page to become friends. It is a story of the different faces of love and loss and the importance of seizing the day. I loved it and savoured every second like a favourite bottle of wine.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Erica James' novels and this one didn't disappoint. She seems to pick backdrops which resonate with me - this time the eponymous 'Lake' is Lake Como, near to which I lived a good while back. The description of the towns, especially Bellagio felt very familiar. A delightful read!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I chose to read this book purely because it fit with my book theme for the month. I had low expectations (I thought it would be a normal love story, with little to pull my attention); by the end, I had a massive grin on my face

The writing style was easy to follow and the plot was enticing. While the book was split equally between the three main characters, I found myself enjoying the older characters plot more than the possible love triangle between the two younger characters (I'm so glad it did
Ishita Sood
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy
Love the writing and the way every character is so developed despite being so whimsical. Quite fast paced and a tad too predictable, all in all it turns to be a perfect summer read.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
This is a light read, romantic chick lit but enjoyable as a break from my usual genre. Utterly predictable, devoid of bad language and a book I will definitely give my mother. it starts off as the story of Floriana - a ditsy tour guide in Oxford. The love interest is Seb (the flaky former friend who's about to get married) and Adam (Mr sensible who helps in a crisis). However as the book evolves it becomes more the story of Adam's elderly neighbour - matchmaker with a big romantic history of her ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
What a TERRIBLE book! I seriously did not even finish reading this book, because it took me for ever to get to page 300. And I stopped there. I couldn't take it anymore. I do not understand why this book gets such raving reviews. It's badly written, the story is something a 16-year-old makes up when giving writing a go and the characters are too stereo-typical, even for a chicklit novel.

Okay. So. Let's put a bit more structure in my critique.

First off: I don't have a thing against chicklit. I li
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erica James has become an author I very much enjoy, ever since I sampled her novel The Real Katie Lavender. If I’m honest, I’d always thought her books were a bit older than the usual novels I read, but I was very happy to be proven wrong, and so she has made it onto my must-read list, and I was very pleased to receive a proof copy of her new novel Summer at the Lake. It’s a massive read, coming in at just over 600 pages, and I was quite excited to read it. I quite enjoy novels set in Italy, it’ ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Come to Lake Como with the booktrailer - come to Lake Como
What do you look for in a holiday?


Beautiful views?

Italian ice-cream?

Well then this literary trip to Lake Como should be just the ticket. And incase you’ve already got a holiday booked and can’t go for real - a perfect opportunity to go there and sample the delights of the area.

The story in a nutshell -

Floriana it would seem is a girl after our own hearts as she is kind of a booktrailer – well she’s an Oxford Tour guide and takes peop
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I've enjoyed Erica James' books for many years now and, like most readers, I have my favourites. Hidden Talents was one, a wonderful book following the stories of the characters who come together at a creative writers' group. Precious Time was another, Clara and Ned's journey to the Peak District in a camper van where their lives become entangled with a range of wonderful characters. But this new one is equally wonderful - I've never been to the Italian Lakes (it's on my bucket list) but I feel ...more
Ailish Fitzgerald
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a superb novel - Erica James never disappoints.

This story is partly set in Oxford and in the beautiful Italian Lakes.
Floriana, a tour guide, while walking home is knocked down by a car. This traumatic event leads her to finding two new friends. Property developer Adam and elderly Esme who go to her aid and despite all three being very different, they find a connection in each other and stay in touch following Floriana’s accident.

Summer at the Lake, had a great cast of characters and I loved
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Summer at the Lake

This is a great feel good book. I haven't read anything by Erica James before, but within the first few pages I couldn't put the book down.

The unlike friendship that develops between the 3 main characters, Florianna Day, Adam Strong and Esme Silcox.

Florianna opens an envelope only to discover a Christmas card from her oldest friend Seb, someone who she has not seen or heard from in 2 years. But it not the card that give her the greatest shock, it "SAVE THE DAY", that is placed
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been enjoying Erica James writing since 1996, so definitely consider myself a long time fan of her particular brand of escapism. Contemporary romantic fiction with characters that one can often identify with people you come across in real life. This time set in Oxford and Lake Como both places I was instantly transported to with the authors realistic descriptions.

The three protagonists of the novel meet in dramatic circumstances right at the opening of the story. A group of individuals th
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2015
This a character-based book, about three people who meet by chance after a road accident. After the drama of the first chapters, the plot moves quite slowly as we get to know these delightful people, who are themselves getting to know each other. I like it when a book is about an unusual, quirky person, and there are two of them: the elderly Esme, in her way, is as independent and unusual as the much younger Floriana. Then there's Adam, who is a predictably nice hero although, it being a modern ...more
Judith Spencer
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful read from Erica! This is a wonderful holiday read set in the gorgeous historic Oxford, and beautiful Lake Como in Italy. I fell in love with all the main characters.
The novels starts with Floriana who is knocked down by a hit and run , and a wonderful old lady Esme, and a property developer Adam is at the scene, and follows the life of the 3 main characters.
Esme fell in love 60 years ago to a man that was to follow his faith into the priesthood. Floriana has a soulmate Seb who
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is always great to discover an author in the chick-lit genre that writes as well as Erica James. This was my first book by this author, but if it is an indication of the quality of work she turns out, it won't be my last.

The story is about an Oxford Tour guide, Floriana, a property developer, Adam, and Esme, an elderly woman who lives next door to a recent purchase by Adam. They meet by chance and develop a lovely friendship, which takes them from Oxford to Italy.

My favourite part of the sto
Chris Williamson
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was, i suppose, a somewhat predicable story in various ways, but the characters were zany, interesting and extremely likeable, and they came alive. The people interacted and inspired each other so well that predictability could be overlooked and the whole thing became a cozy, feel good read that left me feeling as if i had shared in the experiences and adventures.
It was recommended by my local library as a good summer read (I live in australia - summer has just en
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