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Tell It To The Skies

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,617 Ratings  ·  137 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
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Orion Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Review - March 2016. This was a re-read of the book for a publisher blog tour.

I didn't review books in 2008 but I see from my Goodreads rating that I gave this one 5*. My tastes have changed a little over the years and I was interested to see whether this would still be a 5* read for me. The settings of Venice and Yorkshire worked perfectly for me - I adore Venice and could recognise some of the sights mentioned in the book, I've done the touristy things and sat outside at Caffè Florian in Piazz
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Glenda Gurney
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I have read by Erica James and I wasn't disappointed . Well worth a read!
Debbie Gascoyne
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick_lit, 2013
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
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Meh...... I had to finish it to find out what happened in the end but way to over written and contrived for my liking.

Oh maybe I'm being too harsh. I feel its churlish to give it two stars but three feels too generous. So going to put three but actually its a 2.5

I have fundamental issues with this book Lydia the protagonist has had significant adverse events in her early life as has Noah her friend/lover. Both with little real help about how to unpack the trauma suffered or how to develop value
Samantha Bee
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
tara stewart
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was such a good story! I loved it!
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
Emily McGovern
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow! What am incredible story. This is a book about death, family, pain, young love, religion, unexpected friendships, consequences and so much more, all weaved together into a very real, living and tragic story. I felt like such a part of the story, I even stopped in a coffee shop on the way to work to read a few more chapters this morning and couldn't wait to get home to finish the story. Yes, there are parts that are very convenient and we don't get enough of adult Lydia but it was wr ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much more than just a love story! Beautifully written.
Inge Hulsker
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dik boek, maar boeiend verhaal. Een interessante geschiedenis van Lydia en haar zusje Valerie, die op tragische wijze hun ouders verliezen. Bij hun grootouders wonen maakt het allemaal niet makkelijker, maar gelukkig ontmoet Lydia daar een paar mooie personage zoals Noah en zuster Lottie. Zelfs klasgenoot Donna, die eerst een pestkop is, blijkt een interesante vriendin te zijn.
Het grootste deel van Lydia's verdere leven blijkt op misverstanden te zijn gebaseerd. De keuzes waren wel geloofwaardi
Delilah Senders
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow! Wat een ongelooflijk verhaal. Pakte van begin tot eind.
Akinbami Oluwaseun
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lydia and Noah are a victim of twisted fate from childhood. Lydia who was a suffered of both verbal and physical abuse from his grand-father and her grand-mother resolve to Noah's friendship and company as an escape from her brutal world.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hard one to put down! Really enjoyed this book.
Susan Riggs
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A more haunting tale than the previous books I've read by the author. Brought back a few bad memories of my own unfortunately. I'd still recommend reading this though and look forward to reading more by this author.
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-fiction
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
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lydia is a sophisticated, sensitive Englishwoman in her 40s living in Venice. She trips and injures her foot when she sees the very image of her long lost lover. The body of the book goes back in time and traces how she met and lost this lover, starting back when she was about to turn 9. The bulk of the book is about her strange and grim childhood with abusive relatives, odd church people, and nasty classmates -- altogether making for a dark childhood. Not only do I not need to read about such d ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather Fitt
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few books by Erica James, some I have enjoyed, some not so much; this book is very much in the former camp. However, this book isn't quite the same as the others I have read, so be ready for something a bit different if you've read Erica James before.

Don't be fooled into thinking the novel is set in Venice, (it's one of the reasons I picked it up,) there is a small part set there but the majority of the book deals with Lydia's childhood and the town where she grew up. I loved the che
Bev Taylor
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Attracted to the book by the setting of Venice - actually much of the book is in Yorkshire which is seen as a dark depressing place! I enjoyed the long narrative - there was no feeling as happens with some books that you wished it had gone on longer - everything was tidied up and everyone's story explained. There was a feeling of sympathy with the main characters and the back stories made sense. It was a little bit disappointing that the two main characters left it so long to find each other aga ...more
Poppie Tee
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Cat Freckleton
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Carol Peace
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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