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Publisher's Summary

Seren Maddison left behind a rainy Britain to follow her dreams and live and work in Lisbon. 

The vibrancy, the beautiful scenery and the sunshine, made her fall in love and she knew, instantly, that it would be her forever home.

International artist Reid Henderson has homes in Lisbon and London. Following his painful divorce, his dream is to turn his luxurious home into an art school and gallery.

When Seren and Reid first meet, there is an instant attraction, but they are both people who have been hurt and each has dreams that are so far apart, they aren’t even on the same page. 

Can they enjoy one summer of happiness together, as life bestows a gift of memories to cherish for the rest of their lives? Or is their destiny to chart a path into the future, in a home where dreams can come true?

Seren and Reid may be about to discover that love is as much about what you are prepared to give up as what you are prepared to keep hold of.

Let Lucy Coleman transport you away to sun-drenched Portugal where true love really can conquer all and home is where the heart is. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley, Holly Martin and Sue Moorcroft. 

©2020 Lucy Coleman (P)2020 Boldwood Books

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully written, comforting and utterly uplifting, Lucy Coleman’s stories are the perfect tonic when life is a little grey." (Holly Martin) 

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Hallmark movie romance novel

If you like predictable romance movie and novels, the books by Lucy Coleman are something that you will like. I found her books overdone with predictable emotion and happy outcome. since the books are written in the viewpoint of the main character, her every thought and emotion are described, which after a while, I found annoying. I just wanted her to stop over analyzing everything and let the story get to the predictable happy ending where she wins the guys heart and they live happily every after. Free download books, not something that I would ever pay for as overall boring stories

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Good, but…

Great visuals. So much drama for no reason. Her repeated bad assumptions and avoiding honest conversations was exhausting.

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Boring and unsatisfying

If you're looking for romance between the main characters, look elsewhere. This book was very disappointing. The story had more detail about her job than her "relationship." Forced myself to finish it. I should have stopped listening at chapter 3, like I wanted.

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Beautifully written but a little lacking

I really liked the storyline and the author sets a beautiful scene but would have liked more interaction between the romantic leads. It led to a strong character who was left to constantly second guess herself instead of fighting for the relationship. I enjoyed the narrator who did very well differentiating among characters.

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  • Michael Wild
  • 02-20-21

Don't blame the reader, it isn't her fault.

Too many words looking for a story. There is an 'I've been to Lisbon and this is what I saw' factor that is the main feature. There is a whole chapter on buying Pasteis de Nata and a lot of garbled nonsense about an planned event that sounds really gross. The romance weaves through it like a pulled thread on a pair of leggings.... Should I continue?
This is one of the most boring books that I've read.

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  • heather izzard
  • 09-07-21

Boring

Yaaaawwwnnn. Got as far as chapter four and couldn't stand any further.
Seriously! The description of the Portuguese custard tarts... Groan...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

Boring unable to finish

It feels like it was written by a 12 year old. I dislike how every action or feel has to be described to the reader leaving nothing to the imagination.

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  • Carolyn
  • 02-15-21

Slow start but worth the read.

I struggled with this initially. I thought it took time to get going and at times I felt like I was reading a guide book for Lisbon. However the story does unfold well and picks up in the second half. Beautifully narrated and does evoke a sense of the city.

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  • AnonymousOfWales
  • 01-08-22

Travel Guide meets events management handbook!

The reader did about as good a job as she possibly could given the material, which was plodding at best and at worst a tourist guide to Portugal mixed with an events management handbook to which the human dimension almost feels like an add-on - there were a very few genuinely sweet passages but mostly it feels like the author entirely missed the mark when it comes to writing the kind of book both the title and the cover would lead the reader to expect. I'm sorry but I was very disappointed.

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  • Ailish Edwards
  • 12-08-21

Transfixed from the first paragraph

Beautifully written and I was hooked until the very end. Amazing performance by Lucy

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  • Tracy
  • 10-28-21

A taste of Portugal

A taste of art and love new beginnings old endings and just a delight from start to finish

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  • Alto
  • 10-13-21

Villa of Dreams

The most boring and pedantic novel ever written. So glad I hadn’t wasted money on it.