SUMMER’S LEASE, CARRIE ELKS’ LATEST BOOK, opens with heroine Ceska Shakespeare dealing with a life that’s in veritable freefall. Nothing is going right. Enter Hugh, her fairy godfather – and one minute Ceska’s scraping pennies together in the less than salubrious part of London in which she lives, the next she’s house-sitting Villa Palladino, a lovely house on the shores of Lake Como.

As Ceska quickly discovers, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The house is, in fact, owned by the family of Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton, Ceska’s arch enemy and the cause of her six-year writer’s block. Matters come to ahead when the beast himself turns up at the villa, seeking sanctuary from the press. And to make matters worse, he doesn’t even remember her.

Forced to share the villa, Ceska and Sam get to know each other, first as friends, then as lovers. And as the weeks pass and their relationship develops, they have to ask is what they have more than just a summer fling?

Summer’s Lease is an enchanting, somewhat old school romance, set against the lovely backdrop of the Italian lakes. A good summer read, it’s perfect for those lazy days, languishing in the sun by the pool, a glass (or bottle) of chilled rosé to hand. It’s also a fine introduction to the world of the Shakespeare Sisters. And we very much look forward to meeting Ceska’s siblings in the next books.


Summer’s Lease | Carrie Elks | Published by Piatkus 13 July 2017 | Paperback Original | £8.99


Also of interest:Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown – a tale of strong women‘; ‘Meet crime writer John Fairfax‘; ‘Jane Harper’s stylish debut The Dry – murder and mayhem in small-town Australia‘; ‘An Alaskan epic – Rosamund Lupton’s The Quality of Silence‘; ‘The beauty of Sara Taylor’s The Shore’; ‘Homeward Bound – Nora Roberts’ The Liar‘.


Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Clara Diaz, Publicity Manager at Little, Brown for the review copy. This piece has been published as part of the Piatkus blog tour in July 2017.


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