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The Villa of Dreams by Lucy Coleman

The Villa of Dreams


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 have 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.


Lucy Coleman is another one of my favorite authors who doesn’t disappoint.  The Villa of Dreams is a superb example of Coleman’s wonderful prose describing beautiful locations, endearing characters, and the discovery of untimely love in Lisbon, Portugal.

I admire Seren’s decision to leave home and start over in a different country. She is fearless in her passion for art and the culture of her new home in Lisbon.  As an events coordinator for the Gallery of Souls, she is planning a brilliant event to present renowned painter Reid Henderson’s art on fabric during a fashion show located at Lisbon’s beautiful landmark the Santuário Nacional do Cristo Rei (National Shrine of Christ the King). 

View of Santuário Nacional do Cristo Rei and the 25 de Abril Bridge

Trying to juggle her work life with her personal life turns out to be very difficult and Seren settles for an unexpected love affair that is destined to end. But can the lovers finally find peace in their lives giving them the freedom to enjoy their dreams together?

You will fall in love with Lisbon through Seren’s eyes just as I did. From the exquisite sights and sounds, the fantastic food, the unforgettable characters, and the incredible planning and creativity that goes into an extraordinary exhibition that I would be thrilled to see in person. I can’t recommend this delightfully heartwarming and inspiring story enough.

Also, check out my review for Magic Under the Mistletoe.

Thank you to Ms. Coleman for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Lucy ColemanLucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Summer in Provence and Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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