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Summer Dreams at Villa Limoncello

(Tuscan Dreams #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in the most unexpected ways.

Izzie Jenkins never expected to find herself living in a gorgeous oasis in Tuscany but when life gives you Villa Limoncello you say thank you and bake treats to celebrate!

Izzie and debonair chef Luca Castelotti are officially setting up shop together but when their inaugural ‘Pasta and Painti

Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Canelo Escape
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Rachel Gilbey
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How wonderful it was to be back at the Villa Limoncello, only a few weeks after the previous book ends. Izzie and Luca are embarking on their first week long course to help make the Villa profitable, and the course featured in this book is Painting and Pasta.

So expect even more delicious sounding Italian food descriptions, which Daisy James is so good at. There are even recipes at the back for if you are inspired to try out the various pasta's yourself.

Believe it or not though at the heart of
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Wedding at Villa Limoncello very much and was pleased to see how Luca and Izzie`s relationship was going.
Its STILL smouldering and I am actually quite liking the fact that they haven't jumped into bed yet.
I love the sound of the food, the area and just the whole thing.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens next at Villa Limoncello.

Thanks to NetGalley, Debbie James and Canelo
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy from the Publisher for an honest review.

I definitely liked this one better than the book one, but unfortunately it still falls a bit flat.
I enjoyed the "mystery" part but that's about it. The writing is not ideal and the characters are not memorable at all.
Personally I got a but annoyed when I read about "potato gnocchi". Gnocchi are usually made of potatoes, so it's like saying buttery butter or idk wet water. You only put an adjective if it's unusual, like ricotta gnocchi or
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've really been looking forward to this novel ever since I saw it was uploaded on Netgalley. I really enjoyed the first novel in the series but couldn't wait for this one as the synopsis just drew me in completely! As well as the synopsis, the cover absolutely caught my eye and I couldn't wait to get stuck in. It's possibly the most beautiful cover I have ever seen! I love the bright blue sky, with the shimmering sea underneath and the pretty flowers surrounding the cover. It all looks stunning ...more
This is a brilliant romantic mystery packed with suspects, tasty Italian food, a fabulous setting and great characters. It is the second book in the Tuscan Dreams series and starts just weeks after the events which ended the first book. Izzie and Luca have organised and are hosting a week long course involving Painting and Pasta, the first of many they hope will help make the Villa a profitable enterprise.

Get ready for some mouth watering descriptions of food and drink but take care as one of th
Isabella May
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolute treat!

Having read the first book in this series, and then subsequently having holidayed in Tuscany in the summer, I couldn't wait to read this, the next installment... alas a house move and work got in the way! But this week (thanks to the lurgy!) I have finally found the time - and what a sunny, yummy pick me up it's been. The author sets the sightseeing and foodie scene with her usual panache, the characters are great - you'll root for some whilst wanting to slap others. There's ro
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I hadn't read the first book in this series, and so I felt like I was missing out on a little bit. Even so, this author writes well and I loved being transported into the gorgeous Italian landscape. I liked how each chapter started with a location - "garden," "pergola," "gazebo" - and a color - "peacock green," "dusky magnolia," "damson plum." I also liked the Agatha Christie-like ending to the mystery. On the whole, this was a lovely, quick read. Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc. ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I loved being back at Villa Limoncello, it’s such a happy summer read, I was able to jump right back in and it felt like I’d never left. Back with the adorable Izzie and Luca and I can’t air for even more books from Daisy. Her books are full of fun, but also heart and relatable but loveable characters.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The perfect summer read. It’s not your usual chick-lit which always follows a basic pattern ending in romance as the couples are already ‘coupled’. Instead there’s a wonderful twist of mystery and uncovering a saboteur which works brilliantly. A definite feel good sunshine book.
Jo Shaw
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading book one in the Tuscan Dreams series, Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello, so when the opportunity arose to request the ARC from Netgalley for book two, Summer Dreams at Villa Limoncello, I jumped at the chance. These books are so evocative of the sights and smells of Tuscany, and it’s very easy to feel completely transported to this location. As a foodie, this book is incredible, it left me craving Italian food like nothing else! There are even recipes in the back to recreate some ...more
Fay Flude
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was as tasty as Luca Castelotti's pasta dishes, as mouth watering as Oriana's sweet treats, as beautifully arranged as Francesca's flowers and of course as inspiring as Izzie Jenkins' paintings!
Welcome to Villa Limoncello, the rustic farmhouse in Tuscany where Izzie and friends are running a Pasta and Painting course for top fashion designer Carmen and her motley entourage.
A delightfully easy read, with short chapters and the most marvellous palette themed headings, this is the perfect
Sally Coles
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Izzie and Luca are all set to run their first art and cooking course at the Villa Limoncello and their budding romance is gently smouldering in the background. When their first guests arrive however things will not run smoothly when the leader of the group of friends and colleagues becomes ill and food poisoning is suspected. Determined to prove that their food is not at fault Izzie and Luca try to turn detective and find out who would have the motive to want to poison her........ unfortunately ...more
Pam Robertson
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second in the series, it was great to see where the story was going to go next and it completely evoked the beautiful Tuscan scenery with all its colours, scents and sounds. The mystery element of the story kept me guessing to the end. and gave the romcom a different angle as each of the guests proved to have something to hide. With Izzie and Luca's romance on a slow fuse, there is plenty more to be found at the villa for subsequent books. I loved it as a light, holiday read to wallow in. Th ...more
Jane F Cairns
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rekindling Tuscan memories.

Having lost my heart to Italy, Tuscany in particular around 8 years ago on my first trip overseas, this book has brought back all the wonderful memories of our time there. Visiting all the surrounding villages and towns, Florence, San Gimignano, Assisi to name a few. But memories of cooking with 'the Nonna' for 3 straight nights, just the 2 of us, was rekindled while reading Summer Dreams at Villa Limoncello. And to have the lovely surprise of the recipes at the end...
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm always happy to spend time at Villa Limoncello as it's a place that makes me feel good and smile.
I had a lot of fun reading this book, it was perfect for the lazy summer afternoon and made me crave the be there.
I appreciated the plot, the characters and the setting.
I look forward to reading the next book by Ms James.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Kathleen Gray
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cozy set in Tuscany! Lizzie and Luca (what a pair!) are working together on new venture for the villa- a pasta and painting course. Unfortunately, a villain shows up and Carmen is poisoned (don't worry). OF course, Carmen is not the nicest person in the world but the other guests, well one of them is not who they seem to be (no spoilers). It's light and good for a beach read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Oh- and there are recipes! ...more
This book took me forever. Or it felt like it. I think it was a mistake on my part. This is the second book in a trilogy and I should have read the first one first as I didn't feel the characters had any depth. It's not a bad read just not one that I got excited about. There is a little romance, a little mystery and you do get to go on trips around Tuscany. And if you are a cook then you will enjoy being able to replicate the recipes that are taught in the cooking class. ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing tale set against an amazing backdrop of Italy scenery. The book features characters you can love and hate with the added bonus of ‘who dunnit’. I haven’t read the first book in the series and it did get referred to quite a lot which became quite tiresome. Overall a good summer read but probably worth starting with the first book in the series.

Thank you NetGalley.
Gail Atkins
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet again we find ourselves in Tuscany with some familiar characters, the story continues to flow; although this book could be a stand alone as there is some recapping.
The description of the area is great but the description to detail regarding the food makes you crave pasta.
Another great, light easy read.
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and publishers for providing me an ARC of this book. The cover attracted my interest immediately. This is a delightful and cute read. I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this book.
I highly recommend people check it out.
Fiona Wilson
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-reads
I enjoyed the first book in the series and was looking forward to catching up with Izzie in this one. This is a great holiday read for any time of the year. I couldn’t help but try to picture the setting in my head as I was reading.
(Received from a Netgalley for an honest review)

I don’t mind cozy mysteries but this read very young. The mystery was a bit contrived and some of the clues were just far fetched. Ok most of them were. Wasn’t my favorite but it was cute.
Katherine Hayward Pérez
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come. Thanks to Daisy James and Canelo for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cute but cheesy. Really way too easy to figure out. None of the characters were very deep or interesting, so while it was a quick and easy read, it's not one I'll read again. ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect story to read on a nice warm summery day. Another perfect book from Daisy James. They never disappoint!
Meg Dean
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series! Daisy James never fails to entertain!!!

I love these books and am hoping for many more!!!
Joanne Giacomini
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Fun, lively characters with a romance, laughs and a great mystery, never mind the recipes which I plan to try.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved all the detail of Siena. Like travelling back to Italy.
Ashley Tyler
This book gave me the "Murder On The Orient Express" feels. Every guest had something to confess! ...more
Helen Leecy
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the perfect sit in the hills in Cyprus reading book (I know it’s set in Tuscany, but I’m not in Italy, I am literally in the hills of Cyprus!). It was exactly what I was looking for whilst on holiday. It was a fun and easy read.
This is the second Villa Limoncello book by Daisy James, following the life of Izzie and her new ‘family’ in a Tuscan villa. We follow-on quite soon after the first book ends, and, instead of planning a wedding, Izzie and Luca have arranged a Pasta and Painting co
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Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plot-lines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations - the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence - so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

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