When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso…
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This is my second book by this writer but after reading Cottage in the Country it was a cert I’d be out hunting for more but this is different in both style and flavour. Although a romance it’s also a mystery, a dark one. Will Ellie stay true to her family, to Josh or will she discover the mystery of the villa and fall for enigmatic Max?
Linn writes well about Italy, one of my favourite places since visiting in the 1990’s but this isn’t about the setting this is about the mystery that shrouds every scene and when it’s revealed it comes as a shock. I like to watch other writers over time grow and develop and that’s certainly something that happens here. Linn has moved from a light writer to something altogether different. 5 stars