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Summer at Andalucia by Lucy Coleman

Summer in Andalucia


Lainey Summers feels blessed to have her dream job writing for a renowned foodie magazine. And the day she goes to interview chef Rick Oliver at his new restaurant—Aleatory—in London’s popular Piccadilly, is the start of an unexpected journey.

When Rick is offered the opportunity to jet off to a monastery in Andalucía, to film a cookery competition for Spanish TV, Lainey goes too, to cover the story.

Spending a month filming in the stunning Spanish countryside, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and of course the cuisine, Lainey and Rick start to enjoy each other’s company. But their time together flies by too quickly, and before they know it, Rick and Lainey have to face going their separate ways.

With both their worlds shifting beneath them, the call of Andalucia and the call of happiness grows ever stronger. But with everything at stake, will they be able to take the chance of a happy-ever-after…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a sun-baked, life-affirming, total escape to beautiful Andalucia.  


I always enjoy traveling to beautiful exotic places with Lucy Coleman and she has done it again as she takes us to the historical and beautiful Andalucia in southern Spain.

Lainey’s dream job is about to get better when she is invited to write about a cookery competition in Spain by up-and-coming chef Rick Oliver who she interviewed for her magazine. As she spends more time in the relaxed setting of Andalucia with the handsome and understanding Rick, she starts to rethink her life and career. But Rick is in a relationship with the attractive, volatile, and popular singer, Cathy Clarkson, who calls the shots as the main investor in Rick’s new restaurant.  So Lainey walks away from a man who breaks her heart only to find more problems at home in the UK that will change her life forever.

Spain is on my bucket list to visit someday and Ms. Coleman has given me more sites to visit.  I love the idea of staying in a restored 14th-century monastery and visiting a castle where Games of Thrones was filmed. In addition, it sounds like a very relaxing and laidback atmosphere that just screams vacation destination. And the descriptions of the food, superb!!!

As much as I love the beautiful scenery and decadent food, I could not feel the attraction between Lainey and Rick. I have to admit I am a big fan of alpha males (or at least males that stand up for themselves) and Rick is far from it. His girlfriend Cathy is a bully and he is just plain and simply a wimp. He blows hot and cold with Lainey and I believe she deserves better.  I also felt that Lainey was a bit wishy-washy herself and focused too much on her parent’s lives rather than her own. As for the ending, it didn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy as Coleman’s other books do, so I was a bit disappointed.

Overall, if you are a foodie with a taste for adventure in beautiful southern Spain, this is the book for you.

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


Summer in Andalucia

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Lucy ColemanLucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include 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. Lucy’s first title with Boldwood was A Springtime to Remember, published in December 2019.

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