We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas.

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

When life hands you lemons … make Limoncello!

Zelda’s life isn’t exactly what she expected it to be in her 30’s. Single, without a home of her own, and at another underwhelming 40th birthday party, she wonders if there might be more to life.

But her best friend Lennie has a plan, and before she knows it they have answered an advertisement to go to Sicily to help rejuvenate a crumbling town and head to the beautiful island as a couple.

A new life with her favourite person could be the chance to start over. But what if a summer in Sicily is about to change her life in more ways than she could have ever imagined?

(P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd


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.