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Summer's Lease (The Shakespeare Sisters #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Meet the Shakespeare family: four sisters, four stories . . . four ways to find true love

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she's unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend's Italian
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Published July 13th 2017
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Claire Robinson
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - The rich movie star and the impoverished writer... It would make a good story. Stars!

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It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Carrie Elks’ writing, so learning that there was a whole new sparkly series on the way, it's safe to say I was beyond excited.

Summers Lease is the first book in the The Shakespeare Sisters series, and the author delivered the all-round enjoyable read that I have come to expect from her writing.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Elks brings us an enemies-to-lovers romance for the first in her Shakespeare Sisters series, introducing us to Cesca Shakespeare; a playwright trying to quash a bad bout of writers block by exchanging London for Lake Como.

"...your parents have employed me to look after this house, and that’s exactly what I intend to do. So in the morning you need to leave."

Having enjoyed many of Carrie's previous books I'd have happily dived in blind and admittedly I had high hopes. Don't get me wrong
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

I was given this book in turn for an honest review.

Looking after her Uncle's, friend's, Villa for the summer is an easy task. What could possibly go wrong? Or could everything possibly go, right?

Summer's Lease swelled my heart and filled it full of love. It's a beautiful story that I found unable to put down. From start to finish Carrie Elk's kept me captivated and enthralled in Cesca and Sam's story. Her story felt as real as watching it play out before my very eyes, as if I was liv
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This an easy read, with great characters and set in a beautiful country; it has it all. I really loved the characters, loved the angst and the conflicts, the hope and the romance. Just loved it! It is a light Summer read by Carrie Elks, perfect for lying on the beach or sitting in the sun in the garden. I have to confess I love stories set in Italy; I happen to also love a good romance and as this hits both of those criteria then this book was the perfect read for me.

I thought Cesca’s character
Malene_D *BadAndDirtyBooks*
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Summer's Lease is a great summer read which is how I spent my time reading Cesca's story. Relaxing in the sun. I had a good time in Cesca's company and most definitely also in Sam Carlton's. What I really enjoyed about Summer's Lease was the funny and easy bantering between Cesca and Sam. Their first meeting in Italy after six years was terrific. The animosity that continued was equally as funny and when alcohol and flirting entered the equation all bets were off and that's when I reall
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley, july-2017

★3.5 STARS★

Writer Cesca Shakespeare's star is prematurely snuffed out even before the curtain rises for Act I. When the productions leading man goes AWOL, he takes with him any chance of the play she has written being a success. She's never recovered from the disaster that was once her fledgling career in theatre, and has for the last six year worked (and been fired from) a variety of dead end jobs.

When she finds herself at another loose end, her uncle and confident who can no longer bear to
Whispering Stories
Cesca Shakespeare had always dreamed of being a script writer, so when her play took centre stage, she was ecstatic, that was until the leading man Sam Carlton disappeared, and her play became a disaster overnight, leading her into a dark place and consequently, writers’ block.

After six years, Cesca still hadn’t written another play. She had gone from job to job, never lasting more than a few weeks, while Sam had become a big Hollywood superstar. When her latest employment came to an abrupt end,
If I hadn't read the fab Fix You by this author previously then I wouldn't have picked this up. Those watercolour granny covers have me skipping to the next book pretty sharpish. Strangely though, this was an odd marriage of strait -laced romance and explicit smut which surprised me a bit really. In a good way, obviously 😘

Cesca is a playwright who gets to housesit an empty mansion next to an Italian lake. She's had a rough few years after her first and only play didn't get off the ground and she
C.J. Fallowfield
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is only my second read by Elks, the first book being some time ago, but I remember being impressed at the standard of her writing and ability to paint a scene in that book, and that certainly hasn’t diminished, if anything it’s improved even more. Sharing the tale of Cesca, one of four sisters, who seems to have an unending run of back luck, Elks has managed to kick off the Shakespeare Sisters series in fine form. A fabulous contemporary, and at times, steamy romance, flitting from London t ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

For six years, Cesca Shakespeare's life has been a complete mess, shes been flittering from job to job with not much success, not admitting to her family she needs help and barely able to put pen to paper and write despite being a promising playwright. All of this is thanks to Sam Carlton and what happened 6 years ago.

Hugh her godfather suggests getting out of London for the summer and she is gifted a house sitting job in Lake Como. Not long into her stay in Italy, she discovers that i
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktours
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Cesca Shakespeare is at a really low point at the start of this story. It’s been six years, since her play has fallen through, but she is still not over it. She has problems writing new things and paying her rent. Her three sisters live in another part of the world, so she is alone. Her godfather has the solution though: Looking after an Italian villa for the summer.

The villa is located by Lake Como and close to the city of Varenna
Ammie *Ammie's Book Obsession*
Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks
Release Date: July 13th
Genre: New Adult Romance

Summer’s Lease an all-new romance by Carrie Elks is LIVE!

Meet the Shakespeare family: four sisters, four stories . . . four ways to find true love
Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she's unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend's
JG ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends
With the scene set for a good old "enemies to lovers" romance set on Lake Como in Italy, this story had everything going for it from the outset. Add two, very different, characters into the mix and readers are drawn into a love affair filled with uncertainty and tension.

With dreams of being a playwright dashed at the outset of her young career, Cesca has limped from one dead-end job to another. When her last disastrous job ends, she turns to her Uncle for advice and before she knows it she’s agr
Isha Coleman
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Falling in love means never having to say sorry. How great that would be if true. Carrie Elks does something we all wish we could, but are afraid to try. Have characters admit they were wrong. Cesca and Sam have a history that may have seemed promising but ended in rivalry. When scandal and disappointment lead them to the same place, can these feuding enemies began to give peace a chance? Summer's Lease is my first Carrie Elks novel. Whether confronted with frenemies or seduced by lovers, this a ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I really loved this summer romance set mostly in beautiful Italy and also in London and Hollywood. It almost felt like an second chance love story. I mean Cesca and Sam have a history, but it's not quit what I was thinking. Sam has played a huge role in Cesca's life, while he is none the wiser as to how and why this woman can't stand him.

Cesca and Sam started off as adversaries and it was fun watching that slowly change into friendship before becoming something else. It was a slow bui
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2017
Cesca Shakespeare is stuck. Just plain stuck. She just can't seem to move past disappointment, failure from what she deems a gross misconduct of professionalism performed by one Sam Carlton. At 18 she was set to be the biggest new play write in all of London. And now, 6 years later, she can't keep a job, any job. So begins Carrie Elks latest novel Summer's Lease.

This is the second book by Carrie Elks that I've had the pleasure of reading. Her writing is smart, the characters are complex and her
Peggy M
I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.

This isn’t the first book that I read from Carrie Elks but being it the first book in a new series, I was very curious about it. And after reading it I can say that I really liked it and it made me wish that I was going on a holiday to Italy this summer!!

Once upon a time Cesca Shakespeare had big dreams. She dreamed of writing a play that would be loved by everyone and when she was 18 years old she thought that her d
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORE Carrie Elks' books. They're feel good, easy reads that make you care about the characters. Her writing style is very fluid and whisks you away into the lives of imaginary people.

Summer's Lease is no different. I honestly felt so much pity and sorrow for Cesca in the beginning, I wanted her to succeed, to get a happy ever after.

When she goes to Italy, through the descriptions, I felt as if I was there beside her, breathing in the fresh air of Lake Como and soaking in the rays of the sun.

Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summer's Lease is my first encounter with Carrie Elks's writing even though I had heard of her books before and I have even been fortunate enough to have met once at a local author book signing I just haven't had the chance to read her books before now. I was totally drawn to this book by it's beautiful cover and the blurb which got me all intrigued about the story, it made me not want to miss out on the opportunity to read it.
The story itself is based around Cesca Shakespeare who as a young gi
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summers lease is a wonderful romantic story. Cesca's life could not get any worse, continually losing employment, writers block and no money she has hit rock bottom. This has all come about when play she had written 6 years previously had bombed on its opening night due to the lead actor Sam Carlton walking away the day before without a word.
Sam is now a major Hollywood star and Cesca blames him for all her troubles. Her godfather persuades her to go to Italy to help out at a villa there, he fee
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favourite
After reading a lot of three star reads lately, I was really in the mood for a book that would blow my mind and I wouldn’t be able to put down. And ever since I saw the beautiful cover of ‘Summer’s Lease’ by Carrie Elks, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. It looked so pretty, and the book description sounded so good.

In ‘Summer’s Lease’ we meet Cesca Shakespeare. Cesca is a twenty year old who is trying to get by on her own in London. Ever since Cesca’s dream ended horribly 6 years ago, Ce
Carrie Elks
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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He’s a Hollywood heart-throb

She’s hit rock bottom.

Can their scorching fling survive reality?

Cesca Shakespeare has hit an all time low. After her prize-winning play ended in disaster, writer’s block turned up, moved in and got a Netflix subscription. Six years later, she’s lost her dead-end job and is about to lose her apartment. Worse still, her sisters have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her a free summer vacation in a beautiful Italian vil
Linda Hill
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodness I loved Summer’s Lease. It is the perfect escapist summer read. I can honestly say I didn’t want it to end and am so glad that there will be other books about the Shakespeare sisters.

I thought Summer’s Lease epitomised an intelligent example of women’s fiction. The Shakespearean quotations at the start of each chapter were perfect hooks and transported me back to so much pleasure from reading, studying and teaching Shakespeare in the past. Indeed, Summer’s Lease put me in mind of The Ta
3.5 stars

This is a book I was excited to read because it sounded like the perfect easy summer read. Woman with writers block escapes to Lake Como to housesit for a family and ends up trapped in a villa with a man she loathes. Who doesn't love hate to love romance set in Italy with a celebrity romantic lead? Ok, it does sound like a bit if a busy story but it still sounds fun

Fun it was. I enjoyed myself reading. I felt a strong urge to sit in the sun and drink wine and do something spontaneous. I
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
~ Cassie

Summer’s Lease is the first book about the Shakespeare sisters. If you enjoy the enemies to lover’s stories than you will enjoy this book.
Summer’s Lease is Cesca and Sam’s story. Cesca is lost in life and wandering from job to job because she is afraid to try the one thing that she loves in life and that is writing. I like how independent she is, probably to a fault. She refuses to ask for help or let anyone know how far down she has fallen. This leads her godfather to step in and ge
Samantha Kilford
Thank you to Little, Brown UK/Piatkus Books for sending me a copy. This review was a part of the blog tour for the novel. See the other stops here.

Summer's Lease really has set the bar high for my summer reading. I didn't go in expecting much, just an easy, breezy summer romance novel. Yet, by chapter three I was hooked and unable to put it down.

I rarely say this, but I believe that Elks' new novel is sheer perfection. After finishing the entirety of Summer's Lease in just two days, I'm taken ab
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How delightful.The settings and characters were charming in this story of a poor girl who takes over house sitting in Italy to find time to write a play. Not sure if Shakespeare as a family name meant a play writer but still cute. Cesca was a bit too hard on herself causing her to blame others for her failure to take off career wise. She was a handful with Sam initially and that was rude of her. How was he to know after 6 years what he did. But they had enough time to work through and it was a b ...more
Rose David
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carrie has a unique writing style that I love. There is something absolutely enchanting about how she puts her stories together. And Summer's Lease didn't miss the mark that Carrie always delivers.
The story is about Cesca and Sam. They have a past. An unhappy past. One that absolutely ruined Cesca but caused Sam to flourish. After being reunited, their past collides with the present bringing you an amazing story of love and hate. Of pain and happiness. Absolutely loved this tale. I hope we see
Donna Jones
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Carrie's writing it has a wonderful flow, and her characters always are well rounded and developed. There is an emotion but not an emotional read where you sob your heart out. This book would make an excellent holiday read especially with it set in Italy. Summers lease is the first of four books about the Shakespeare sisters. The leading lady is Cesca Shakespeare. Cesca is living hand to mouth trying to hold down a job, this time the job is at a cat cafe. Cesca is fired and upon visiting ...more
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Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. When she isn't reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine ...more
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