on July 13th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she's unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend's Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That's before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.
When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That's how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family's empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn't as empty as he'd hoped.
Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction - and then a scorching fling. But they can't hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?
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Cesca Shakespeare is stuck. Just plain stuck. She just can’t seem to move past disappointment, failure from what she deems a gross misconduct of professionalism performed by one Sam Carlton. At 18 she was set to be the biggest new play write in all of London. And now, 6 years later, she can’t keep a job, any job. So begins Carrie Elks latest novel Summer’s Lease.
This is the second book by Carrie Elks that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Her writing is smart, the characters are complex and her exploration on human emotion is heartrending. Cesca’s journey begins with an opportunity to get away from her normal life and to try to do the one thing she loves but has too long denied herself, writing screenplays. Initially being in Cesca’s head is disheartening. Her life is so depressing which lays the groundwork for what I’ll call her recovery. It really felt like a cloud was being lifted as she works through the emotional blocks she’s established.
Just how Sam and Cesca end up back in each others lives is heart of this story. Sam too has some baggage, a life he is hiding away from and family issues that slowly come to light. The well paced plot is a story of enemies becoming lovers, second chances and forgiveness. Summers Lease made me feel as though I were vacationing in Italy and witnessing a young woman’s rebirth. It’s a a witty and charming read with witty and charming main characters. I really look forward to reading more stories about the Shakespeare sisters and maybe getting a bit more Sam and Cesca. 5 Stars and recommendation!
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