Novel set on the Italian Riviera – The Lemon Tree Hotel – Rosanna Ley
Stay at The Lemon Tree Hotel, in Italy
Novel set on the Italian Riviera – The Lemon Tree Hotel – Rosanna Ley –Hands up who wants to come to Italy for a visit to The Lemon Tree Hotel? Yes? Well this week is your lucky week as the book comes out in paperback this Thursday so you can pick up a copy and head out to Italy BookTrail style for the price of a book!
The little village of Vernazza is tucked away from view, the community small and private…a family run hotel at its heart. And then two guests arrive to shake things up…
Rosanna Ley’s words open up such wonderful locations and this time we’re off to the beautiful village of Vernazza. Right on the coast of the Italian Riviera and the setting of a gorgeous hotel to boot. A real life gorgeous village tucked away that you might not notice otherwise, but when Rosanna Ley guides you there, adds secrets, intrigue and mystery, then you will definately want to book that visit!
And how much intrigue and mystery can one place have? Lots as it turns out. The Lemon Tree Hotel is the home and life of four women. Chiara runs the hotel and we find out that she choose to stay here with her family and family business when she was very young The hotel used to be a convent so there’s a lot of history and heritage around it. Chiara’s daughter Elene is the chef and Isabella, the granddaughter and the front desk or ‘face’ of the hotel. It’s a real family affair as Aunt Giovanna also lives on the site as she has done for some time. She’s lived through the German occupation and has some stories to tell.
When two guests arrive at the hotel, stories and baggage come with them (and not just the ones you can easily unpack and put away). Guests unsettle the still waters and bristle the trees of the nearby vineyards and orchards. These guests have a profound effect on both the hotel and its owners.
The rest is best discovered for yourself as it’s a winding story that gradually unravels to reveal secrets in its grasp. The novel is quite slow moving but that suits the narrative well and represents the sleepy, rural village setting well. I swear I could smell the aroma of the lemons and olives outside and then once back at the hotel aaah! the fragrances of those dishes Elene cooks up in the kitchen.
I felt as if stepping into Venazza and the lives of these characters was like taking a step back in time. There’s a sense that time has forgotten this place, the community, the life style and way of doing things and it was lovely to experience all this. Tourism is also taking place here and it seems to be the perfect place where past and present mix. That’s until it clashes within families that is.
A wonderfully evocative weaving tale that transports you to Italy!