Under a Tuscan Sky
Escape to Tuscany this summer with Karen Aldous’s brilliantly uplifting read. Perfect for fans of Erica James and Cathy Kelly.A summer she’ll never forget…
When Olivia Montague’s grandmother passes away, she decides it’s finally time to make some changes in her own life. So she breaks up with her ‘going nowhere’ boyfriend and embarks on a journey to her Nonna’s home in...more
When Olivia decides enough is enough and her relationship isn't going anywhere, she decides to break it off.
Deciding what to do next she hops on a plane to Tuscany to get her Grandmothers home in some kind of order, ready to sell it.
It's here she meets Alberto and Hugh.
Both very different men, both with very different agendas, but they both have something in common.... they share a spark with Olivia.
Who will she chose?
Alberto who she met on the pl ...more
Much as I like the setting - Tuscany, Florence, sun-drenched vineyards & olive groves - this book and I simply do not match.
Possibly I had Bella Tuscany on my mind too strongly. I am a sucker for "makeover stories" and I expected more "interaction" between the MC, Olivia and her surroundings (her getting interested in cultivation, renovation, etc.).
But the focus of the novel lies elsewhere: it is Olivia's and ...more
Rightly or wrongly, often the first thing that will attract you to a book is the cover. Now the cover for Under a Tuscan Sky just screams summer at me, and in particular hot sunny days and Italy. And I am delighted to say that the contents inside the cover, carry on that theme and more, providing a sumptuous story of Olivia discovering a lot more about herself than she ever bargained on, and even has two incredibly different gorgeous men after her too.
Olivia loves making lists, she loves being ...more
Which meant I was surprised when she gets on the plane to fly to Italy, and suddenly is having a lustful thoughts about a handsome man. When he describes their future togethe ...more
As has been the case with all of Aldous's previous releases, Under A Tuscan Sky was incredibly easy for me to slip into. With the author's stunningly vivid descriptions bringing the setting of Tuscany dreamily to life, I found myself transported from here to there in the most wonderful of ways and enjoying all that the scenery had to offer. Karen Aldous certainly has a charming way with words, and I've picked up on it throughout her writing career with HQ ...more
Olivia is stuck, she’s stuck in a life with a boyfriend, Will, who she doesn’t love. Keeping a list of pro’s and con’s about Will she call’s her “wilting will” list the only pro is that he has “a pretty face and barbecuing skills”. She also doesn’t believe she is capable of love or is lovable, very much the product of having been abandoned by her Mother as a child.
Her Grandmother, Nonna, in Italy has just died and she is responsible for the es ...more
A summer she’ll never forget…
When Olivia Montague’s grandmother passes away, she decides it’s finally time to make some changes in her own life. So she breaks up with her ‘going nowhere’ boyfriend and embarks on a journey to her Nonna’s home in Tuscany.
Until now, Olivia has always believed that she’s incapable of love, after being abandoned by her parents as a baby. But with each day spent at the gorgeous villa nestled in the rolling Italian hills, she feels her heart begin to flutter… ...more
The title of this book just screamed out to me! I’m 3/8 Italian and I used to spend two weeks in wonderful Tuscany every year when I was a child. Naturally, I was really excited about this book.
When Olivia Montague steps of the plane in Tuscany, I felt at home from the start. Of course that’s also thanks to Karen Aldous and her lovely description of the scenery, I fell in love with the area all over again.
Let go back t ...more
I really need to give Olivia Montague a big round of applause! GIRL POWER!! Nothing like a sassy, confident, independent woman to get a storyline going, right? I genuinely thought to myself ‘wowza, she could teach me a thing or two!’. I admired the characters flair 100%, as it was great to see a character taking charge of their own life.
The way that Olivia was portrayed at the start was youthful, she was described as s ...more
Olivia Montague realises that the time has come for her to make some much-needed changes to her life. After the death of her Nonna, Olivia decides that she wants to inject some excitement into her mundane existence, so she breaks up with her boyfriend after their relationship had stalled and decides to embark on a journey to Tuscany to Nonn ...more
Poor Olivia seems to have her fair share of problems, abandoned as a child by her mother and raised by her grandparents, stuck in a rut with low self esteem and a boyfriend Will who really isn’t lighting her fire any more.
So when Nonna dies and Olivia has to hot foot it to Tuscany to deal with the estat ...more
Deciding that she is definitely off men of course they come along like buses, she meets the gorgeous Alberto on the flight on the way out there on the plane and can't resist his offer to show her around Tuscany and then when she puts her Nonna's estate on the market Hugh t ...more
The author is British. She occasionally used expressions that, as an American, completely confused me. For example she cooked soldiers breakfast. The main character was an osteopath, which in the UK is apparently not a doctor, but in the United States it is. And in addition she had the best friend of the main character drinking alcohol while pregnant.
There were quite a few areas of the story where one thing was stated and then either never brought up again or completely ...more
Olivia's grandparents have passed away and she has inherited the Italy villa. She breaks up with her boyfriend of 3 years and she decides she is going to make some changes in her life. Shes on the way and she "falls in love" with the first guy she sees. Then she meets another guy and thinks she is in love with him but she stays with Alberto (the first guy) both men are very rich but after Alberto meets Oliva he pretty much asks her ...more
Has the author actually been to Tuscany? I have and it reminded me of Northern Michigan. The descriptions were lacking. That area of Italy has fantastic pasta dishes, cheeses, and some of the best wine in Europe. And the famous statue of David in Florence wasn't even mentioned.
As for the story, it's just another book about a middle age woman realising her true potential in a change of scenery. The romance was just ok and the twist seemed to be missing a few chapters in development. ...more
I instantly fell in love with this cover and knew I was in for a wonderful read. Who wouldn’t want to be whisked away to the warmth and charm of the Italian vineyards? A romantic, engaging read as Olivia Montague’s story unfolds with each little twist and turn. Some great characters and you will feel you really have soaked up a little sunshine as you read the descriptions of those stunning views. If you can’t afford a holiday this year, treat yourself to a litt ...more
It was ok as a quick read but I never had empathy for the main character.
At the death of her Nonna, Liv has many things to sort out not only in her personal life but also about how the past will affect her future.
The only down side is the occasional ‘Mills & Boon’ cliches. I understand that romance is needed but to keep it in context to the rest of the book it needs to be more cleaverly done. That said I loved this book!
The reading is easy ...more
Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to c ...more