I’m a fan of author Daisy James’ books and when I discovered she was releasing a brand new Christmas – It’s never too early, right? – themed book I jumped at the chance to read and review it! Today I am sharing my thoughts on this new release which is the third book in the Tuscan Dreams* series. Thank you Daisy and Rachel for the opportunity to read this novel.
About The Book
Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in the most unexpected ways.
With Christmas around the corner, Izzie Jenkins is ready to kickstart the new ‘Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes’ course at Villa Limoncello with chef and business partner, Luca Castelot.
However, secrets are stirring with their latest guests and when nasty accidents keep befalling the group it looks like Izzie will have to turn detective once more to protect the Villa’s fledgling reputation. On top of all this, Izzie’s been offered the job of a lifetime – back home in Cornwall. Will she be coming home for Christmas, or will Tuscany work its magic to keep her at Villa Limoncello with Luca?
Izzie is heading back to Tuscany to help run a festive baking and craft course at Villa Limoncello, but it’s not just the stunning scenery that’s luring her back. After only a couple of months she is already missing the villa’s dark, brooding owner Luca and she desperately wants to talk to him about what their future holds. But when she touches down in Italy it seems the heart to heart she craves is the last thing on Luca’s mind with his focus firmly on the course they are delivering. Where does that leave the couples fledgling romance though and will Izzie be returning home alone after Christmas?
Nick and his choir are taking a Tuscan break away to practice for their upcoming festive concerts whilst learning some new skills but there’s more to the group than meets the eye. With strained relationships and a host of secrets binding the group together will they be about to work together and make a success of their week in Italy or will it break them apart?
If you are on the lookout for a fun, fabulous festive read then look no further than this brand new offering from the equally fabulous Daisy James. As with her other novels I’ve read her easy writing style draws you in from the first sentence and keeps you frantically turning the pages until it’s climax.
When I started reading this book I actually had no idea is was the third in a series, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment as Daisy has seamlessly woven details into this new story that allowed me as a reader to understand the relationships and events from the previous books. This book held a special allure for me because of it’s festive backdrop and it delivered ten-fold with it’s delicious food that had my mouth watering throughout – I highly recommend having some snacks to hand whilst reading to stave off the hunger it creates!
I particularly enjoyed the relationships between the characters taking part in the Villa’s course and second guessing the mysteries surrounding their often tense interactions. Luca and Izzie seem to make the perfect detective duo as they take on the role of discovering how they can help their guests resolve their problems, despite brushing their own issues under the carpet!
The scenic backdrop of Tuscany and the characters trip into Florence were both beautifully described transporting me to Italy to enjoy it alongside the characters. Florence is one of my favourite cities and Daisy’s description was so perfect I was (almost) tempted to hop on the next available plane!
I absolutely adored this festive book filled with romance and mystery and finished it in a couple of sittings. It would make the perfect read in the run up to Christmas to really get you in the mood, especially if you are a fan of festive food. I’d highly recommend this read and I’ve already added the previous books in the series to my TBR list as I’m super keen to find out more about the character’s backstories as well as discover Tuscany’s charm during different seasons.
About The Author
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.