Published by Poppy on January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.
In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
My sincerest thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Monday, January 5th – Heather @ The Turning Pages
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Tuesday, January 6th – Joli @ Actin’ Up With Books
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Thursday, January 8th – Lisa @ Dizneeee’s World of Books
shares her thoughts on LOVE, LUCY & posts her interview with the author
April Lindner first popped up on my radar with her novel, Jane, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, that I fell hard for. And like all novels that we love, (I have a particular soft spot for modern versions of classics that are done well), I told everyone I knew about it. Imagine my delight, when at a blogger meet up at the 2014 Y’allFest in November, an advanced reader copy of a novel by, no other than April Lindner, was placed into my hands. Try not to roll your eyes when I tell you this, but I actually school girl giggled. (Quick side note: At the same meeting, I learned that she had also written a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights called Catherine. I downloaded it immediately.)
I was very excited to read Lindner’s first, completely original work, and she did not let me down. My mind quickly drank in this sweet, coming of age tale. As someone with a lengthy bucket list of locales to visit in Europe, one of my favorite things in this book are the descriptions of the settings in Italy. Lidner helped me put a stamp in my literary passport. Though there are fairy tale, happily ever after type moments sprinkled throughout the story, I was pleased that our protagonist, Lucy, is faced with some difficult, real world decisions, and rises to the occasion to take command of her destiny on her own terms.
If you’re looking for a novel to put a little summer into your heart in the dregs of winter, Love, Lucy is a vacation destination that you won’t want to miss!
Three of five stars.