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‘Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned’ Milly Johnson

Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? This irresistible novel from Jo Thomas, author of Escape to the French Farmhouse, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas.

When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…

Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?


Sheer rom-com brilliance!
Warm, funny, romantic with a terrific sense of place. I loved it!
Katie Fforde
Romantic and funny, this is a great addition to any bookshelf
What a gorgeous book! Reading it felt like the best kind of holiday!
Lucy Diamond
Perfect escapism
Marie Claire
Perfect escapist magic
Good Housekeeping
Irresistibly romantic and utterly gorgeous
Miranda Dickinson
Such perfect escapism - all the joy of a hot summer holiday without the hassle of having to wear sun cream!
Jill Mansell
Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned
Milly Johnson
I absolutely adored it. Zelda is such a captivating and inspiring heroine, and I love the way that Jo's writing combines such gorgeous escapism with pure emotional honesty
Daisy Buchanan
A perfect light holiday read, evoking Italian sunshine, lemon groves and romance.
Woman's Own
Escape to sunny Sicily with this relaxing read.
Yours magazine
This story of second chances is warming and real.
Magic Book Club
This is a joyful romp of a story. It's funny and romantic, and Zelda is just the kind of heroine we can all empathise with . . .you'll feel the heat of the Italian sun, smell the lemons growing on the trees and taste the limoncello.
My Weekly
A transporting read.