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review 2017-08-01 19:38
Emerald Coast/Anita Hughes
Emerald Coast: A Novel - Anita Hughes Emerald Coast: A Novel - Anita Hughes

Set on the glamorous Italian island, Anita Hughes's Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time.

Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.

Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.

Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?

 

This had some fun twists of romance to it, and definitely had a love story I wanted to support. I actually really enjoyed the setting in that I love hearing about rich people things and hating on what they do. The premise, also, was delicious--what a terrifically awful situation!

 

The characters could have come from any novel and I was never left wondering how the ending would ultimately play our, yet none the less, this was enjoyable. This isn't the most poignant, but was a lovely beach read.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-20 03:35
Book Review: Lake Como
Lake Como - Anita Hughes

Book: Lake Como

 

Author: Anita Hughes

 

Genre: Fiction/Family/Romance

 

Summary: Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco's most sought-after firms and in a relationship with Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter and her boss in what seems to be a compromising position, her trust in Peter and their future is shaken. Hallie escapes to Italy's glorious Lake Como to spend time with her half sister, Portia Tesoro, an Italian blue blood dealing with a scandalous estrangement from her cheating husband. Together, they enjoy the charms of Lake Como, and Hallie finds work designing the estate of a reclusive American tech mogul. Just as she is beginning to give in to the attractions of Angus, the estate's handsome, enigmatic caretaker, Hallie uncovers a family secret that upends the truths she's believed about herself and calls into question the new life she's built in Lake Como. - St. Martin's Griffin, 2013

 

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review 2017-01-28 11:00
Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes

 

Nothing wrong with Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes. Just, wow, it's too rich in many senses. Nothing wrong with Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes. Just, wow, it's too rich in many senses.
There are too many brands and too many rich places in this book that at the end you think: let me breath a bit, I can't go on.

I tried to check out if the author had also included the restaurant where Hemingway loved to eat but, no. Hoooray: that one is not a place where snob people go and so I will stop by there when I will visit Paris.

So, more than the capital of love this one is the capital of richness and rich people and of a profound richness able to let you develop a profound nausea. I found the book pretty snob although there is to add that the characters are portrayed well in the system where they live in.

The story the one of a girl Isabel who split up from the boyfriend just few days before their wedding because of futile reasons.

 

And I found also this fact pretty irritating.
I found all of it pretty pretty irritating because if we live in a society like this one let's say that it's a senseless society.

The couple if married had chosen to go to Paris for spending their happy honeymoon. Wedding gone, Isabel will afford to Paris where later she will meet Alex...

Sexy scenes, sophisticated atmospheres, rich menus, Christmas in Paris is a well-structured book, but just it's...empty.

Empty of human touch, empty of humanity, empty of that real love-story able to let you say: WOW, what a book. The story unable to communicate with the reader.

I would have wanted to see much more not the rich part of the city or just the rich part of the city, constantly under the lenses of the protagonists but the human part of this capital, the atmosphere, the warm that exists in Paris. Let's say that the gypsy has been the most human part of the capital.


It's for a certain unique particular, peculiar atmosphere, magical and plenty of atmosphere because of books, culture, paintings, art that you want to afford to Paris for visiting the capital of France. Many people in the cinema portrayed a wonderful Paris: Woody Allen in movies like Midnight in Paris and Everyone says I love you (and Woody Allen is not poor, and a man plenty of culture), Billy Crystal in Forget Paris, Disney with Ratatouille: Meg Ryan explored the french capital but also the South of France in French Kiss, without forgetting all the books written by Joanne Harris and Hugo Cabret by Selznick and the movie produced by Johnny Depp. It's for that reasons that you want to afford to Paris one day: because a city that deserves to be visited.

A city able, being the capital of France to speak much more loudly than what can do Louis Vuitton or the Charles V! That ones are brands and places for a niche of people and with this crisis and poverty I would give a different portrait of cities where possible and people as well also when the protagonists of these stories are rich, because if rich people are like these ones, do you know what?
They're pretty boring.

I would save for obvious reasons the mention at Shakespeare&Co.


I thank NetGalley and St.Martin's Press for this book.


Anna Maria Polidori

Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it
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review 2016-12-07 00:00
May Work For Some Readers, But Not For Me...
Christmas in Paris: A Novel - Anita M. Hughes

‘He wanted to tell her that when you were really in love, you felt it in every bone in your body. You couldn’t stop thinking about the person and all you wanted was to be together. But she was desperate to believe the fortune-teller and wouldn’t hear his advice.’

Christmas in Paris was a novel filled with lots of holiday splendor and was rich with details of everything from food to famous stores to historical Parisian locales. It was also a fanciful romantic tale that had a bit of magic sprinkled in for good measure.

 

I think Christmas in Paris will be a story that will either click with readers or it just won’t work. In my case, unfortunately, there were a few too many elements that didn’t work for me. Not to say that it was a ‘bad’ book of course. It was clearly written with a nice flow to the scenes and the pacing was perfect. It just felt like this was more of a guidebook to Paris, with everything French you could ever imagine being intricately explained, but with a hint of romance thrown in.

 

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review 2016-10-20 20:55
Christmas in Paris Anita Hughes
Christmas in Paris: A Novel - Anita M. Hughes

First off I want to thank the Associate Publicist at St.Martin's Press for sending me a copy of this book for review. 

This story of a young woman looking for love after two failed relationships is a charming and at times funny tale. At first I was a little put off by the premise of a woman going to Paris and looking for her soulmate with specific and seemingly unrealistic requirements of the type of man she is seeking. They do say that love at first sight is true and I think that this is what Isabel is hoping for. I say unrealistically because this may happen with people with titles and money, this type of situation hardly happens for the middle-class person. 

In spite of that, I did enjoy reading the story and was cheering for Isabel and Alec to get together and make this relationship work. After a few bumps that is. I enjoyed the description of Paris at Christmas time and it was a nice look into how the rich live, i.e. food, clothing and even the culture. Definitely a fairy tale romance!

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